Sunday’s message—from the 10 Commandments and the Shema– focused on “Obeying God’s Word” & “committing yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today.”
In the historical context, “the commands” that Moses was giving the children of those who left Egypt, as they were about to enter the Promised Land that day, are the ones recorded in the book of Deuteronomy, and they are a review of many of the commands from the books of Exodus and Leviticus.The book of Deuteronomy records the sermons Moses preached to that generation. He reminded them of things such as…
- The 10 Commandments
- Laws regarding special worship celebrations like the Passover and the Levitical priesthood.
- Laws regarding clean and unclean foods…what they could and could not eat.
- Civil laws for the life of the nation
- Laws governing human relationships, etc.
Moses challenged them to know and wholeheartedly obey the commands and regulation and laws, repeatedly.
When reading through the book of Deuteronomy, you would read of all the laws and instructions that they obeyed. Some of them seem odd or strange to us today, in our culture. Fortunately, today, we don’t live under the laws that Moses gave in the book Deuteronomy or any other Old Testament Law…unless they are re-stated and reinforced in the New Testament. Although the Old Testament Law may not be for us today, the rest of the Bible is for us to know and obey.
Personal evaluation questions:
- How committed are you to obey the commands, teachings and instructions of the Bible? “
- Are you committed to wholeheartedly obeying God?”
If you are, then what has to be true of you is that you are committed to regularly and intentionally reading or listening to God’s Word, the Bible, with an open heart, listening and being receptive to God’s instructions.
To help encourage and support your efforts, an encouraging reminder was offered to attend this Wednesday night’s Sunday + session (at 6:30pm) on how to get the most out of your personal Bible reading.
Whether you are not but want to or you are but want to get more…plan to come…and bring your bible.
Pastor Tim will talk about how to have an effective personal time in the Bible and explanation will be given to you how to leverage the tools that are available through the Life Application Study Bible.