March 5, 2017

March 5, 2017

DEUTERONOMY 17-20

Focus Verse: “When he sits on the throne as king, he must copy for himself this body of instruction on a scroll in the presence of the Levitical priests. He must always keep that copy with him and read it daily as long as he lives. That way he will learn to fear the Lord his God by obeying all the terms of these instructions and decrees. This regular reading will prevent him from becoming proud and acting as if he is above his fellow citizens. It will also prevent him from turning away from these commands in the smallest way. And it will ensure that he and his descendants will reign for many generations in Israel.”
Deuteronomy 17:18-20

 

They should make this rule for all pastors and priests today. What a great way to get the Word of God down in your heart and soul…copy the whole thing word for word…especially by hand! I think we can learn an important truth from this passage though, whether we are transcribing the Bible or not.

 

How much are you interacting with God’s Word? How well do you know it? I think that scripture memorization is a great thing, but you can memorize scripture without actually knowing it, so we have to make sure that there is interaction with the Word. We have to let God’s Word speak to us and change us. Let it convict us and uplift us. God’s Word needs to be alive to us, every day. Are you interacting with the Word of God daily?

 

God instructed the kings of Israel to keep a copy of God’s Word with them at all times and read it daily for the duration of their lives. This was a whole lot more difficult back then. They couldn’t hop online and order a Bible or swing by the store and grab a copy. So we have no excuse!

 

Why though? Why does this matter so much? The last half of this passage tells us: because it keeps us connected to God. It teaches us to fear Him, it keeps us from becoming proud, it keeps us from breaking God’s commands. I would challenge you to look at anyone who is struggling in their walk with God and I can guarantee they aren’t in the Word. I would bet that when any of Israel’s kings struggled and fell short, you could link that back to times when they weren’t letting God’s Word speak to them daily.

 

God’s Word is not a get out of tough times free card. You will still go through trials, you will still go through hurts, you will still go through dry seasons where it doesn’t feel like the Word is jumping off the page at you. But during these times, because you’ve let the Word speak to you in the past, you will know how to get through the seasons.

 

How alive is God’s Word in your life?

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