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January 26, 2019

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

Text: Exodus 25-27
Audio: Exodus 25-27

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Deuteronomy 6 (ESV)

“Now this is the commandment—the statutes and the rules—that the Lord your God commanded me to teach you, that you may do them in the land to which you are going over, to possess it, that you may fear the Lord your God, you and your son and your son’s son, by keeping all his statutes and his commandments, which I command you, all the days of your life, and that your days may be long. Hear therefore, O Israel, and be careful to do them, that it may go well with you, and that you may multiply greatly, as the Lord, the God of your fathers, has promised you, in a land flowing with milk and honey.

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

10 “And when the Lord your God brings you into the land that he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give you—with great and good cities that you did not build, 11 and houses full of all good things that you did not fill, and cisterns that you did not dig, and vineyards and olive trees that you did not plant—and when you eat and are full, 12 then take care lest you forget the Lord, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. 13 It is the Lord your God you shall fear. Him you shall serve and by his name you shall swear.14 You shall not go after other gods, the gods of the peoples who are around you—15 for the Lord your God in your midst is a jealous God—lest the anger of the Lordyour God be kindled against you, and he destroy you from off the face of the earth.

16 “You shall not put the Lord your God to the test, as you tested him at Massah.17 You shall diligently keep the commandments of the Lord your God, and his testimonies and his statutes, which he has commanded you. 18 And you shall do what is right and good in the sight of the Lord, that it may go well with you, and that you may go in and take possession of the good land that the Lord swore to give to your fathers 19 by thrusting out all your enemies from before you, as the Lord has promised.

20 “When your son asks you in time to come, ‘What is the meaning of the testimonies and the statutes and the rules that the Lord our God has commanded you?’ 21 then you shall say to your son, ‘We were Pharaoh’s slaves in Egypt. And the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand. 22 And the Lord showed signs and wonders, great and grievous, against Egypt and against Pharaoh and all his household, before our eyes. 23 And he brought us out from there, that he might bring us in and give us the land that he swore to give to our fathers. 24 And the Lord commanded us to do all these statutes, to fear the Lord our God, for our good always, that he might preserve us alive, as we are this day. 25 And it will be righteousness for us, if we are careful to do all this commandment before the Lord our God, as he has commanded us.’

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  1. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. Deuteronomy 6:5

    The Great Commandment

    When the Pharisees heard that Jesus silenced the Sadducees, one of them who was a lawyer asked Jesus in Matthew 22:36, "Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” Jesus answered him saying, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment" (Matthew 22:37). 

    The Pharisees would certainly know Jesus was referencing the Old Testament Scriptures (specifically Deuteronomy 6:5). 

    Jesus went on to say in Matthew 22:39, "And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets."

    This was referencing another Scripture they would know, Leviticus 19:18 which says, "You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord."

    Written approximately 1400 BC, the "Torah" (the five books of Moses in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament including Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy), would have been well known to the Pharisees and the Sadducees. 

    Even though most Christians know the two "Greatest Commandments," do we really understand the depths of loving God with everything we are and everything we have? 

    Do we really understand the depths of loving others as we love ourselves?

    I pray we would not only "know" these verses but we would REALLY KNOW THEM because we REALY KNOW HIM!

  2. In verses 10-12, I love how God tells the people what they can expect…and reminds them that these are His gifts to them. They didn’t do any of the work. It’s already been done for them. All they have to do is receive the gift. 

    This is GRACE. 

    But then, with grace comes gratitude and responsibility. To keep His commandments. To not forget Him. To not worship any other gods (idols). 

    And this is for those of us who have received the same grace of God in the gift of our salvation, freely given to those who by faith receive it. 

    The work of salvation has been done for us, requiring nothing on our part except to receive it by faith. And even our faith is a gift. God replaced our heart of stone with a heart of flesh and convicted us of our need for a Savior and provided the Savior in Jesus Christ. 

    And with that gift comes gratitude and responsibility. To keep His commandments. To not forget Him. To not worship other gods (idols). 

    God is a jealous God. Not the kind of jealousy that’s abusive and demeaning and controlling. It’s the kind of jealousy that says, “I love you so much, I gave my Son who willingly laid down His life to die in your place so you would be reconciled to me, and I would be your Father, and you would be my child. My grace is freely given to you, but it cost me everything.” If you believe the gospel, if you have received that free gift of grace and been forgiven of your sins only by Christ’s blood shed for you, if you have gladly received and accepted His death as your freedom from slavery to sin, and from eternal death and separation from God, is it any wonder He is jealous for you? And yet He is so patient, so long-suffering, a gentle shepherd of our souls always calling us back to Him when we wander. How could we not love Him with all our hearts and want to live for Him?

    He is my redeemer. He set me free. And I have wanted to live only for Him since that day. No turning back! 

     

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