Tuesday, November 14

Deuteronomy 4:5-20

5 See, just as the Lord my God has charged me, I now teach you statutes and ordinances for you to observe in the land that you are about to enter and occupy. 6 You must observe them diligently, for this will show your wisdom and discernment to the peoples, who, when they hear all these statutes, will say, “Surely this great nation is a wise and discerning people!” 7 For what other great nation has a god so near to it as the Lord our God is whenever we call to him? 8 And what other great nation has statutes and ordinances as just as this entire law that I am setting before you today?

9 But take care and watch yourselves closely, so as neither to forget the things that your eyes have seen nor to let them slip from your mind all the days of your life; make them known to your children and your children’s children— 10 how you once stood before the Lord your God at Horeb, when the Lord said to me, “Assemble the people for me, and I will let them hear my words, so that they may learn to fear me as long as they live on the earth, and may teach their children so”; 11 you approached and stood at the foot of the mountain while the mountain was blazing up to the very heavens, shrouded in dark clouds. 12 Then the Lord spoke to you out of the fire. You heard the sound of words but saw no form; there was only a voice. 13 He declared to you his covenant, which he charged you to observe, that is, the ten commandments;[a] and he wrote them on two stone tablets. 14 And the Lord charged me at that time to teach you statutes and ordinances for you to observe in the land that you are about to cross into and occupy.

15 Since you saw no form when the Lord spoke to you at Horeb out of the fire, take care and watch yourselves closely, 16 so that you do not act corruptly by making an idol for yourselves, in the form of any figure—the likeness of male or female, 17 the likeness of any animal that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged bird that flies in the air, 18 the likeness of anything that creeps on the ground, the likeness of any fish that is in the water under the earth. 19 And when you look up to the heavens and see the sun, the moon, and the stars, all the host of heaven, do not be led astray and bow down to them and serve them, things that the Lord your God has allotted to all the peoples everywhere under heaven. 20 But the Lord has taken you and brought you out of the iron-smelter, out of Egypt, to become a people of his very own possession, as you are now.

Reflection


“The LORD has taken you and brought you out of Egypt, to become a

people of his very own possession.” In this passage, one of Moses’ final sermons to the Israelites, Moses has a plan. He reminds the Israelites just how much God loves them. God delivered them out of Egypt and they are now on the verge of crossing into the Promised Land. Although there were slip-ups, and the journey took a lot longer than most of them thought, God remained with them the entire time, protecting and providing for them. Moses’ words remind them that God has been a constant in their journey because they are part of God’s possessions and God promises to take care of them no matter how much they stray.

Being part of God’s possession is not something that we should take lightly, nor is it something that is easy. The words of Moses remind us that as part of God’s possession we also have been given guides to live our lives. These laws, are summed up by Jesus in two rules: Love God and love your neighbor as yourself. Everything we, as Christians (and perhaps humans) should be done following these two rules. Just think what our world would be like if everyone followed these rules; if we were to live our lives in gratitude for what we have been given by God and if we treated one another like God’s beloved children. What a wonderful world we would live in.

Not only do we have to follow these rules, but we are reminded that they have been passed along to us through written and spoken word, and it is our job to continue to pass God’s Word down to the generations that will come after us. We are all part of God’s creation and are all tasked with reminding people how much God loves them and their responsibility to live lives as Jesus taught.

Prayer

Good and Gracious God, thank you for calling me one of your very own possession. Help me to hear your words and pass them down to the next generation, as they have been passed down to me. Protect me from being led astray by the many things that keep me from you, but help me remember that your love never ends and to follow in your Word. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Written by Pastor Adam Connolly

Pastor of Outreach and Discipleship

pconnolly@stjohns-springfield.org