Sunday, 2 October 2016

Deuteronomy 5

Deuteronomy 5:1 - 5.  Moses called all Israel together. He said to them, "Attention, Israel. Listen obediently to the rules and regulations I am delivering to your listening ears today. Learn them. Live them.
God, our God, made a covenant with us at Horeb. God didn’t just make this covenant with our parents; he made it also with us, with all of us who are alive right now. God spoke to you personally..."

Wow. What a reminder: that God spoke to them personally...and speaks personally to us today through His Holy Spirit in us.

We've just been thinking of the meaning of the word selah, most frequently used in the Psalms. It means, broadly, "pause and reflect/think about this/pause and praise God".  This was definitely a pause for the Israelites, to reflect on what God had done for them and to remind themselves of the commands he had given them which would enable them to live in peace and safety.

We, too, can live in peace and safety when we stay in God's will, keeping consciences clear by obeying what He wants.

"So be very careful to act exactly as God commands you. Don’t veer off to the right or the left. Walk straight down the road God commands so that you’ll have a good life and live a long time in the land that you’re about to possess."

The word used for careful, shamar, means 'keep, guard and observe' and is the same word that God used when he told Adam to tend the Garden of Eden.  I'm growing a small vegetable garden now and have been careful to keep it watered, weeded and - mostly - free of pests.  I've tended it almost daily.

Shamar is a reminder that I need to tend to the ten commandments daily in the same way.

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