Often we ask why, "what does God expect of me?" Here Moses gives a summary that is simple in form and easy to remember. Here are the essentials: (1) fear God (have reverence for him). (2) walk in his ways. (3) Love him with all your heart. How often we complicate faith with man-made rules, regulations, and requirement. Are you frustrated and burned out from trying hard to please God? Concentrate on his real requirements and find peace, respect, and love.
God required all male Israelites to be circumcised, but he wanted them to go beyond performing the surgery to understanding its meaning. They needed to summit to God inside, in their hearts as well as outside, in their bodies. If our hearts are right with God, then our relationship with other people can be made right too. When your heart has been cleansed and you have been reconciled to God, you will begin to see a difference in the way you treat others.
Reference summary used from The Message Bible, and The Life Application Bible, KJV, Tyndale Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, IL
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Devotion . Devotional . Building Character . Integrity . Truth . Honesty . Deuteronomy 10 . Deuteronomy 16
April/May/June 2013 Devotional & Educational Emphasis is on "Building Character .. Truth, Honesty, & Integrity.
Devotion Scripture ... Deuteronomy 10:17
Topic Scripture ... Deuteronomy 16:19-20
Key Verse ... Thou .. shalt not wrest judgment; .. thou .. shalt not respect persons, .. neither .. take a gift: for a gift doth blind the eyes of the wise; & pervert the .. words .. of the righteous (Deuteronomy 16:19).
Thou ... Exodus 23:2,6
thou ... Deuteronomy 1:17
neither ... Exodus 23:8
words ... matter, status, pillar
Deuteronomy 16:19,20 ... Civil & Social Life; Administration of Law, Imperial Justice Demanded
Call to Worship: Deuteronomy 10:16,17
Verse 16 ... Sacred Rites & Forms; Sacraments, Worship, & Church-Fellowship; The Significance of the Rite, It Implied a Moral Change
Verse 17 ... God; Attributes Of God As Person; Impartiality
Devotional Message Scripture ... Deuteronomy 10:17
Topic Discussion Scriptures ... Deuteronomy 10; 16:19-20
Deuteronomy 9:6-10:11 ... Reminders of past failures
Deuteronomy 10:12-11:32 ... A Call to Commitment
Deuteronomy 16-17 ... Annual Pilgrimages
Deuteronomy 16:18-18:22 ... The Duties of Officials
Integrity ... moral, uprightness, honesty, decency, goodness, virtue, trustworthiness, soundness, incorruptibility
Scripture reference used/taken from: KJV Topical Reference Bible, The International Teacher's Handy Bible Encyclopedia/Concordance KJV Precious Promise Bible, Zondervan Commentary, & Reader's Digest Oxford Complete WordFinder