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Deuteronomy 31:-32:27

Two things have struck me strongly in today’s reading: the commandment to read the Law at the end of every seventh year and the Song of Moses written in past tense.

If Israel was held accountable for correctly hearing and obeying God’s Law that was only heard every seven years, how much more accountable will we be to hearing correctly and obey the Word of God? I know that they only had Five Books to contend with; however, even with the five that is a lot of Word to take in and remember after hearing it once every seven years. Since God created us and formed us out of the dust of the earth, He knows what we are and are not capable of doing, achieving and accomplishing.

If God expected Israel to remember what they heard then we have the capacity to do what God has commanded. And if Israel was held accountable for what she heard, how much more are we? In this country (USA) you can get a bible almost on every street corner, at least in NYC. One can readily purchase expensive Moroccan leather bound bibles to paper bound book for at little as one dollar. Street evangelist hand out bibles freely or at lest scripture portions. The Gideon’s hand out pocketsize New Testaments on street corners near college campus, and even visiting a No-Tell Hotel to commit adultery with someone else’s husband or wife, one can find a bible in the nightstand drawer BEFORE you jump into bed Yet we have become a society of Biblical Illiterates who claim to be Christians! Thank you Mike for this Blog where we can come together to learn the Word of God and to put forth ideas and thoughts if we feel so inclined. It takes me no more than fifteen minutes to read the daily passages one time through without stopping to study a verse or ponder on a word or passage. We are without excuse.

The Song of Moses tells Israel what she will do, turn from God, as if she had already done it. The eternity of God can be seen so clearly in this song and if we look closely we will understand that the eternal God, who exists in a timeless sphere, is dealing with finite man living in a parenthetical universe controlled by time encased in eternity. God sees our beginning from our end because to God everything we do is in the “now.” So God can have the Lamb of God slain before the foundation of the world (Rev. 13:8) because He knew that His creation would sin and need to have a redeemer before He even created man!


The following verses may have nothing to do with the United States of America but when I read them I thought of the reports that told us how fat we have become as a people:

14 He fed them curds from the herd and milk from the flock, together with the fat of lambs and goats. He gave them choice rams and goats from Bashan, together with the choicest wheat. You drank the finest wine, made from the juice of grapes.

15 But Israel soon became fat and unruly; the people grew heavy, plump, and stuffed! Then they abandoned the God who had made them; they made light of the Rock of their salvation.

Are we in danger of forgetting the God who made us and are the sizes of our girth an indicator of our memory lose?

Luke 12:8-34

14 …"Friend, who made me a judge over you to decide such things as that?" 15 Then he said, "Beware! Don't be greedy for what you don't have. Real life is not measured by how much we own."

This says to me that greed has nothing to do with wealth; it has to do with not being satisfied with what you have. Someone in abject poverty can by greedy and someone who owns a vast portfolio of stock and has large real estate holdings can be greedy.

And if Jesus has to point out the having “stuff” doesn’t indicate “real” life than a lot of us who look at how much “stuff” someone has compared to how much “stuff” we have are living “fake” lives. We have become a counterfeit of who we really are!

Psalm 78:32-55
Yesterday the first part of this Psalm mirrored the Old Testament reading in Deuteronomy and today it does the same thing and adds the passage in Luke to its mirror. Ain’t God Grand!

Proverbs 12:21-23

I’m going to go off on a tangent with the 21st verse, sorry. But I’ve just seen something I’ve never seen before,
21 No [actual] evil, misfortune, or calamity shall come upon the righteous, but the wicked shall be filled with evil, misfortune, and calamity (Amp).

If no evil can come upon the righteous, then when tragic events happen to folks we believe are “righteous” then what has happened to them is not real evil. We just think it’s evil because we are using human standards, not God’s. We are seeing life from man’s point of view when we should be learning how to see life from God’s vantage point. The NLT states it like this,

21 No real harm befalls the godly, but the wicked have their fill of trouble.

If there is a “real” harm then there must be a false harm. You don’t have to distinguish between the real and false if there wasn’t a difference between the two. There must be an appearance of evil and an actual evil. Jesus warned about judging from appearances only (John 7:24). What something appears to be and what is actually is are as different from day and night.

22 The LORD hates those who don't keep their word, but he delights in those who do.

When we tell lies we can’t believe our own words because we know that what we have spoken is not true, so we don’t believe the words of others as a matter of course. But the greatest problem we encounter when we can’t believe our own words is that we won’t believe God’s Words either so we never believe with our whole heart, mind, body and soul and embrace the promises of God.

Grace and peace,
Ramona

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