Deuteronomy 29.14-21,29 records, I’m not making this Covenant and its oath with you alone. I am making it with you who are standing here today in the Presence of God, our God, yes, but also with those who are not here today. You know the conditions in which we lived in Egypt and how we crisscrossed through nations in our travels. You got an eyeful of their obscenities, their wood and stone, silver and gold junk-gods. Don’t let down your guard lest even now, today, someone—man or woman, clan or tribe—gets sidetracked from God, our God, and gets involved with the no-gods of the nations; lest some poisonous weed sprout and spread among you, a person who hears the words of the Covenant-oath but exempts himself, thinking, “I’ll live just the way I please, thank you,” and ends up ruining life for everybody. God won’t let him off the hook. God’s anger and jealousy will erupt like a volcano against that person. The curses written in this book will bury him. God will delete his name from the records. God will separate him out from all the tribes of Israel for special punishment, according to all the curses of the Covenant written in this Book of Revelation………God, our God, will take care of the hidden things but the revealed things are our business. It’s up to us and our children to attend to all the terms in this Revelation. MSG

 

The sign of our commitment to God is our obedience to the Word of God. Are we Christians? Then like Christ we seek to obey every word that comes from the mouth of our Father. His word is our bread, His will is our food, living His ways are the sign of the abundant, life giving, waters residing within us.

 

Yet too many in our midst, too many in our churches, too many of our church teachers, encourage and allow men to live according to their wisdom rather than the word of God that is truly wisdom, the wisdom that comes from heaven. Why do we listen to men? Why do we listen to the university professor? Why do we listen to the television reporter or the journalist?

 

Why are their opinions of more importance to us, seem better to us, than the opinion of God recorded in the Word of God? How is it we have come to love what men think more than what God thinks? We know men are evil, born in rebellion against God. God has given us His Word so that we can reorient ourselves back to Him.

 

His Word is our true north, it reveals the way we are to live so we might know how to please our Creator, our life Sustainer and our only possible Savior. We love ourselves more than God so we listen to men who encourage us to please ourselves at the cost of pleasing God by denying ourselves and following Him. We are responsible, we will be held accountable, for obeying God and doing His will on earth as it is in heaven.

 

Not only as individuals but as a church, as a community of disciples of Jesus, who have committed themselves, supposedly, to obeying everything Jesus has commanded us.

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