February 24, 2006

Know God in the Whole of the Bible

“Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach. It is not up in heaven, so that you have to ask, "Who will ascend into heaven to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?" Nor is it beyond the sea, so that you have to ask, "Who will cross the sea to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?" No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it. See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction.

For I command you today to love the LORD your God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the LORD your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess. But if your heart turns away and you are not obedient, and if you are drawn away to bow down to other gods and worship them, I declare to you this day that you will certainly be destroyed. You will not live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess.

This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the LORD your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the LORD is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.” Deuteronomy 30:11-20

Too often we chose to ignore the Old Testament relegating it to an ancient culture and is therefore irrelevant. Big mistake. While we do not operate under a theocracy as they did then, (that means God was actually the political leader of their nation) the principles, which derive from the very character of God, do not change, regardless of space and time and political forms. I suggest you meditate on that a while, you endeavor to get to know God from the beginning to the end of Scriptures lest you be swayed by whim, by feeling and by experience. That’s never a good thing.


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