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January 25, 2019

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Read (and Hear) the Bible in One Year
Christian Standard Bible for 2019

Text: Exodus 22-24
Audio: Exodus 22-24

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Deuteronomy 5 (ESV)

And Moses summoned all Israel and said to them, “Hear, O Israel, the statutes and the rules that I speak in your hearing today, and you shall learn them and be careful to do them. The Lord our God made a covenant with us in Horeb. Not with our fathers did the Lord make this covenant, but with us, who are all of us here alive today. The Lord spoke with you face to face at the mountain, out of the midst of the fire, while I stood between the Lord and you at that time, to declare to you the word of the Lord. For you were afraid because of the fire, and you did not go up into the mountain. He said:

“‘I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.

“‘You shall have no other gods before me.

“‘You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 10 but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.

11 “‘You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.

12 “‘Observe the Sabbath day, to keep it holy, as the Lord your God commanded you. 13 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 14 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter or your male servant or your female servant, or your ox or your donkey or any of your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates, that your male servant and your female servant may rest as well as you. 15 You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God brought you out from there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. Therefore the Lord your God commanded you to keep the Sabbath day.

16 “‘Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God commanded you, that your days may be long, and that it may go well with you in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.

17 “‘You shall not murder.

18 “‘And you shall not commit adultery.

19 “‘And you shall not steal.

20 “‘And you shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

21 “‘And you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife. And you shall not desire your neighbor’s house, his field, or his male servant, or his female servant, his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.’

22 “These words the Lord spoke to all your assembly at the mountain out of the midst of the fire, the cloud, and the thick darkness, with a loud voice; and he added no more. And he wrote them on two tablets of stone and gave them to me.23 And as soon as you heard the voice out of the midst of the darkness, while the mountain was burning with fire, you came near to me, all the heads of your tribes, and your elders. 24 And you said, ‘Behold, the Lord our God has shown us his glory and greatness, and we have heard his voice out of the midst of the fire. This day we have seen God speak with man, and man still live. 25 Now therefore why should we die? For this great fire will consume us. If we hear the voice of the Lord our God any more, we shall die. 26 For who is there of all flesh, that has heard the voice of the living God speaking out of the midst of fire as we have, and has still lived? 27 Go near and hear all that the Lord our God will say, and speak to us all that the Lord our God will speak to you, and we will hear and do it.’

28 “And the Lord heard your words, when you spoke to me. And the Lord said to me, ‘I have heard the words of this people, which they have spoken to you. They are right in all that they have spoken. 29 Oh that they had such a heart as this always, to fear me and to keep all my commandments, that it might go well with them and with their descendants forever! 30 Go and say to them, “Return to your tents.” 31 But you, stand here by me, and I will tell you the whole commandment and the statutes and the rules that you shall teach them, that they may do them in the land that I am giving them to possess.’ 32 You shall be careful therefore to do as the Lord your God has commanded you. You shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left. 33 You shall walk in all the way that the Lord your God has commanded you, that you may live, and that it may go well with you, and that you may live long in the land that you shall possess.

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  1. Reruns

    One thing is for certain – we ALL need to be reminded of all that God commands of us. It's not that we "forget" but it's because we rebel against Him. It's in our nature. It's much deeper than the things we do. It's who we are in our core. It's the things we think about. It's hidden in the desires of our hearts.

    One of the blessings of following God is His Word stands forever. He doesn't "change with the times" like so many politicians do. Our culture is constantly "evolving" and because of the deceitfulness of sin (or divine blindness), what is wrong is right and right is wrong.

    Praise God we have His Word! Like the next generation of the people of Israel in today's chapter, they didn't have the benefit of the previous generation to look to as a testimony of faithfully following the Lord. As such, it's obvious they didn't do a very good job teaching the next generation what is right in the eyes of the Lord. 

    So what should have been a "rerun" for God's people (if they were taught God's commands) must have been new information for many. And even if they "knew" God's commands, which of us "know" them to the point where they are ours? 

    This is what's written in Deuteronomy 5:1, "And Moses summoned all Israel and said to them, 'Hear, O Israel, the statutes and the rules that I speak in your hearing today, and you shall learn them and be careful to do them.'

    Learning (knowing) God's statues and rules are critical but the purpose for which they are communicated is effect it products in our attitudes and actions. Just as you won't get very far knowing your car works, you have to drive it to get anywhere. While it's true many (most) are ignorant of the truths found in Scripture, even those of us who consume it daily and study it diligently need to be reminded so we will be "careful to do them."

    One of the "reruns" I'm thinking about today is how God feels about idols. While Deuteronomy 5:8 speaks about carved images, Deuteronomy 5:9 says, "You shall not bow down to them or serve them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me."

    Idol worship can be anything which appeals to our affections and preoccupies our lives and breathes life into our sinful desires. We might not "bow down" to money or "worship" Netflix but if we find ourselves looking for refuge in these things, they may be idols (especially if our use of them is in opposition to God). 

    If what appeals to us draws us away from God and hinders our desire for holiness, godliness and righteousness, the root of our struggle may very well be idolatry.

    Do we truly delight in God's Word?

    When is our soul so consumed with Scripture that it's written on our hearts? 

    Are the commands of God restrictive or liberating to us?

    Do we find our greatest joy in obedience or when we're rebelling against God?
     

  2. I've found that true joy, for me, is only found when I'm obeying God. 

    I spent my past life doing what I wanted, not what God asked of me. Ultimately, the end result of my actions and the way in which I lived never resulted in joy, but in fear, guilt, sorrow, depression and loneliness. 

    When I decided to follow Jesus, it was an immense relief. At one time, I was reluctant to follow Him, because I felt I would have to "give up" so many things that I "enjoyed." But these things were only satisfying my sinful nature, and not my true heart and soul.

    I am so grateful that God gave me the opportunity to return to Him. Now I know true joy. 

  3. “Oh that they had such a heart as this always, to fear me and to keep all my commandments, that it might go well with them and with their descendants forever!”

    God’s great desire…look at it…it’s not that we would simply fear Him and keep His commandments…it’s because He wants what’s best for us. Always. Forever. He knows what is best for us. But we so often don’t believe that. We think we know what’s best for us. And if God says something else, we dismiss it or reject it or even doubt His word is true. Or we justify our sin or blame others for our sin or compare our sin to others (“Well, I don’t do THAT.”) 

    And it will not go well with us. 

    I’m thankful for that. Aren’t you? 

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