Saturday, July 17, 2010

Day 13 of 90: History

I'm sure you've heard the expression "Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it". That's what I kept thinking while reading today's passage. Deuteronomy is full of Moses' words reminding the Israelites what all God has done for them. There isn't necessarily anything new so far, but it is interesting that God is having Moses tell the people again.

There were a few verses that stood out to me:
Deuteronomy 4:15-16  You saw no form of any kind the day the LORD spoke to you at Horeb out of the fire. Therefore watch yourselves very carefully, so that you do not become corrupt and make for yourselves an idol, an image of any shape, whether formed like a man or a woman.
That never clicked for me before. God didn't have a form when He interacted with the people. I never thought about why. But this makes sense.

Deuteronomy 4:29  But if from there you seek the LORD your God, you will find him if you look for him with all your heart and with all your soul.
Mostly, I read passages like this and leave out a word or two. This time, if is the important word. If you seek with all your hear and soul, then you will find.

Deuteronomy 5:33  Walk in all the way that the LORD your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess.
There's a condition on our blessings. We have to walk in the way of the Lord, then we get blessing.

Deuteronomy 6:5  Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.
This is another favorite verse. And the important word is all; all your heart, all your soul, all your strength.

Deuteronomy 6:7  You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.
It's my job to teach my children what is really important.

Deuteronomy 7:7-9  The LORD did not set his affection on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples. But it was because the LORD loved you and kept the oath he swore to your forefathers that he brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the land of slavery, from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commands.
This passage is amazing. There was nothing special about the Israelites. But God is the special one. He chose them and because He did, He will always keep His covenant.

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