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Monday, August 2, 2010

Monday Morning Reflections

Therefore thou shalt love the LORD thy God, and keep his charge, and his statutes, and his judgments, and his commandments, alway. And know ye this day: for I speak not with your children which have not known, and which have not seen the chastisement of the LORD your God, his greatness, his mighty hand, and his stretched out arm, And his miracles, and his acts, which he did in the midst of Egypt unto Pharaoh the king of Egypt, and unto all his land;

And what he did unto the army of Egypt, unto their horses, and to their chariots; how he made the water of the Red sea to overflow them as they pursued after you, and how the LORD hath destroyed them unto this day;

And what he did unto you in the wilderness, until ye came into this place; And what he did unto Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, the son of Reuben: how the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their households, and their tents, and all the substance that was in their possession, in the midst of all Israel: But your eyes have seen all the great acts of the LORD which he did.

Therefore shall ye keep all the commandments which I command you this day, that ye may be strong, and go in and possess the land, whither ye go to possess it; And that ye may prolong your days in the land, which the LORD sware unto your fathers to give unto them and to their seed, a land that floweth with milk and honey. (Deu 11:1-9)

I was doing some reading/research yesterday in regards to the biblicality of preachers...well...preaching when I came across this passage. I've read this passage a ton of times, and I was struck anew with the reason we ought to obey God. In this passage Moses is directing the Israelites to keep the commandments of the Lord that he is laying out for them because they are the ones who have experienced all God's works. They're the ones God rescued from slavery, they're the ones that witnessed the plagues, they're the ones who were spared from the final plague. They walked through the Red Sea, they watched as God wiped out the Egyptian army.

Moses implores them to obey and worship their redeemer precisely because they are the ones God acted upon. And so it is with the Christian today. We're not called to a legalistic set of moral rules by a God we have not known, rather we're called to worship Him in "spirit and in truth" because we know Him. We have been acted upon and granted faith by the creator of the universe. We worship Him because we know Him. We know Him because He reached down and gave us the gift of the cross.