Today’s Bible Reading is from Deuteronomy 26 – 28.
In Deuteronomy we find, as you remember, that Israel is nearing the day they will enter the Promised Land. The Lord is giving them final instructions for their entrance into this new land. There are laws, commandments, ordinances, statutes, judgments, etc. which they are to follow.
There is many a time I have heard someone; even professing Christians; say something like this, “If it looks good, taste good, feels good, then it is a sin.” Now, that is being cynical or sarcastic to say the least; if not downright disrespectful to God and His clear teachings on sin. If God calls something sin it is sin. Every time God forbids something it is due to His care and caring for us.
The following are the verses that we will look at today,
“This day the LORD thy God hath commanded thee to do these statutes and judgments: thou shalt therefore keep and do them with all thine heart, and with all thy soul. Thou hast avouched the LORD this day to be thy God, and to walk in His ways, and to keep His statutes, and His commandments, and His judgments, and to hearken unto His voice: and the LORD hath avouched thee this day to be His peculiar people, as He hath promised thee, and that thou shouldest keep all His commandments; and to make thee high above all nations which He hath made, in praise, and in name, and in honour; and that thou mayest be an holy people unto the LORD thy God, as He hath spoken.” Deuteronomy 26:16-19 (KJV)
The best place for the people of God to be is in close communion with our LORD. When He sets boundaries, gives us commandments, judgments, statutes, ordinances, laws it is for our well being and protection. It is never to deprive us of life or its pleasures. He has made us to experience pleasures, however, they must always be within the parameters He has given.
One of the things we can learn today from the laws and commands the LORD gave to Israel is that they failed to keep and obey them. We are no more perfect than they. We have sinned. God is full of grace and mercy. There are several times through out the Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy that the children of Israel say, “All that the LORD has spoken we will do”. Well they failed to do it.
We must realize, as a Christian, we are empowered by the Spirit of God within us to overcome sin, and disobedience to God; however, we still live in a body of flesh and bone that is still encumbered by the dead corpse of sin.
The reason we are to obey God and keep His commandments is because of His love for us; and our love for Him. We praise Him, we honor Him when we love Him and keep His commandments. If we labor to keep the laws to gain His favor, however, we will fail miserably.
In the New Testament we hear this,
“But God, who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: that in the ages to come He might shew the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:4-10
Only through the grace of God in Christ Jesus can we be saved, delivered from the condemnation of sin and death, and given eternal life.
Read Deuteronomy 26 – 28
-Tim A. Blankenship