Some of the best quotes and lines in the OT are found among today's readings, in this scribe's view.
“And now, O Israel, listen to the statutes and the rules that I am teaching you, and do them, that you may live"
"Keep them and do them, for that will be your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples, who, when
they hear all these statutes, will say, ‘Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.’"
"Only take care, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen, and lest they depart
from your heart all the days of your life. Make them known to your children and your children's children—"
"Gather the people to me, that I may let them hear my words, so that they may learn to fear me all the days that they live
on the earth, and that they may teach their children so."
"...you will seek the LORD your God and you will find him, if you search after him with all your heart and with all your soul."
"For the LORD your God is a merciful God."
"...know therefore today, and lay it to your heart, that the LORD is God in heaven above and on the earth beneath; jthere
is no other."
"Therefore you shall keep his statutes and his commandments, which I command you today, that it may go well with
you and with your children after you..."
And that's just from chapter 4. (I opted not to insert the verse references, as an encouragement that readers might go to the text themselves, and find these truths, mark their bibles, underline them.) These are texts that ignite the heart and mind!, that promote God's sovereignty and glory, his overarching plan in calling out a people, and showing love and mercy.
And it should move our hearts, when we see its foundation, at v. 37. "because he loved." Yes, he loved, and loves, the same God of the Old and New Testaments. John 3:16!
Much of the Old Testament can be dry and hard to understand, but chapter 4 of Deuteronomy - and much more in this book - should cause us to pause, consider, and worship.
Derek Butler - I am a Christian, husband, father, son, brother, friend, reader, et al, all inadequately. This blog is a tool to encourage daily bible reading, for myself and others.
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