When we were together last, we were talking about responsibilities. If you recall, we started to look into the book of Deuteronomy to see if we could recognize the responsibilities God had given the Israelites through Moses.
Let’s pick up where we left off. By now, I hope you have read the passage, Deuteronomy 6: 1-9. If you haven’t, take a few moments and review it now.
We look at our responsibilities and they are quite different from what Moses was talking to the Israelites about. This brings up an important point – something very important that we may be overlooking today. Thank God that He gave us the Bible to help remind us of what our responsibilities should be.
Let’s look at the passages together:
Verse 4 says, “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.”
This statement is an eternal truth. Do you want to deposit something in the bank? Deposit this truth. The Lord God is one. He is the only God, the one, true and living God. We are to believe in only one God, our God, the Father. Believing in one God is called monotheism.
Back in those days, and in the very times Moses was speaking, he himself warned the Israelites that when they went into the Promised Land, they would see many different gods. They would witness the people in those lands worshipping these various gods. Moses felt it was important to reiterate once again that they were not to worship the false gods they would see there. It’s really interesting when you think about this, God brought them into a land full of people who worshipped false gods.
Why is that?
Think about the big picture for a moment. God’s purpose went deeper than simply bringing this huge group of people to a new land. He was preparing them to live in obedience to Him once they arrived. What good was the Promised Land if the Israelites were just as wicked as the people who already lived there?
The journey was a painful one, but through it, God taught them who He really was, the living God, the leader of their nation. And let’s not forget, once they arrived there, He wasn’t going to stop there. God would continue to lead, continue to work on them and continue to draw them closer to Himself.
As we think about that, what are some ways in which we can express ourselves?
What are some ways we can draw closer to God? Surely, there’s a lesson here, one that we will look at next time.
Until then, stay studied up on this passage and be ready to dive deeper into these passages next time we’re together.
Blessings and Happy New Year!
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