Deuteronomy 9:1-10:22 ~ Luke 8:4-21 ~ Psalm 69:19-36 ~ Proverbs 12:2-3
Today is the 28th day of March. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It is good to be here with you today for the next step forward in the scriptures, the next step forward in this week, the next step forward in our lives. We’re reading from the Common English Bible this week, Deuteronomy chapter 9, verse 1 through 10:22.
Moses is saying what we’ve been saying, his last words, these are the last things he is saying, the entire book of Deuteronomy, before he will recede and die on the eastern side of the Jordan River and the children of Israel will cross over without him under new leadership. Moses is the one person that has been there the whole time, through this entire ordeal of getting out of Egypt and the wilderness and everything we’ve been through in the scriptures over the last little bit. He is reviewing from his perspective everything that has happened, but today he sums up things for them, like all of the things we’ve been through, all of the commandments, all of the reshaping of this people, all of the new customs, all of the new rituals. Everything about this can be distilled down into a simple posture of heart: “What does the Lord your God ask of you?” Moses says. “Only this, revere the Lord your God by walking in all his ways, by loving him, by serving the Lord your God with all your heart and being and by keeping the Lord’s commandments and his regulations that I’m commanding you right now. All of this is for your own good.”
And much later Jesus would reiterate the same thing. “The law and the prophets can be summed up in this, love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your mind, all your strength. Love your neighbor as yourself.”
So why all of these rules that we’ve spent so much time with? If you look deeper into all of them, they are connected. They are all connected to this. It is as if in everything that they do, in every choice that they make, in all that they are as a people, these things are woven in. Everything is a reminder of this.
That is no less true today. We don’t need to revere the Lord less today than they did then. We don’t need to walk in his ways less now than then. We don’t need to love him less now. We don’t need to serve him less now, with all of our heart and being. I mean, in part we are participating in the same rhythm. The reason that we come here every day, for the Bible fresh and alive here every day is that we are oriented to God and reminded, it is one of the reminders that should be built into everything we do and say.
So may we take heed to that in our own personal lives and may we also watch this play out in the story before us because we’re going to be able to see what it looks like to do this and what it looks like to not do this, as if we don’t already know in our own lives. But the Bible will remind us. The Bible will be the mirror that our hearts need to force us to look at ourselves square in the face and own the shape of our lives.
Father, we come into your presence after hearing this and understanding this and invite your Holy Spirit to incorporate this into our lives, that we might live lives that are reverent before you and in awe of you. And that we choose to walk in your ways not by pure discipline, but by pure love, that we love you and want to be with you and you want to be with us. So serving you is a joy. Fellowshipping with you is a joy. With all of our heart and being we offer ourselves to you. Come Holy Spirit, because we have many deficits that only you can reconstruct or construct in us. We have many wounds that need to be reinterpreted and healed. We have made a mess of things in a lot of areas, but you redeem everything you touch. So touch us. Touch our hearts. We open ourselves to you fully and invite you, come Jesus, we pray. In your name we ask, amen.
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