Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2017 July 18

“Now these are the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments, which the LORD your God commanded to teach you, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go to possess it: That thou mightest fear the LORD thy God, to keep all his statutes and his commandments, which I command thee, thou, and thy son, and thy son's son, all the days of thy life; and that thy days may be prolonged. Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do it; that it may be well with thee, and that ye may increase mightily, as the LORD God of thy fathers hath promised thee, in the land that floweth with milk and honey. Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates. And it shall be, when the LORD thy God shall have brought thee into the land which he sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give thee great and goodly cities, which thou buildedst not, And houses full of all good things, which thou filledst not, and wells digged, which thou diggedst not, vineyards and olive trees, which thou plantedst not; when thou shalt have eaten and be full; Then beware lest thou forget the LORD, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.” (Deuteronomy 6:1-12) 

Today’s Morsel: The Book of Deuteronomy is a book of remembrance.  The word “Deuteronomy” arrives from two Greek word:  “Deuteros”, meaning second and “Nomos” meaning Law.  Thus, “Deuteronomy” is the giving of the law a second time to Israel by Moses, because the generation that he gave it to first had rejected it and had died in the wilderness; hence it was important that he should repeat and expound it to the next generation before they entered the promised land.  It is to be seen as a book of divine requirement of obedience.  In it he stresses to them how God dealt with them in their past.  He cautioned them to be a separated people, and obedient to Gods’ divine commandments.  He told them that they must live by God’s code and laws in the promise land; and that blessings would come through their obedience to that law while curses would come upon their disobedience if they reject God's law.  And his finally admonishment to them was to never forget God.  He warned them that no matter how good life got for them, they must never forget God and His word.  He let them know that if they forgot, God would cast them off forever.  There is much we can heed from these warnings give by Moses to the children of Israel.  

Sing:  Tell me the story of Jesus, write on my heart every word.  Tell me the story most precious, sweetest that ever was heard.  Tell how the angels, in chorus; sang as they welcomed His birth, Glory to God in the highest! Peace and good tidings to earth.

Thought For Today: Don’t forget God!

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