If you are following my Bible Reading plan today’s reading is Deuteronomy 29 – 31. I pray you are learning and growing in our Lord Jesus Christ.
The Lord is giving Moses some final instructions before he dies. Moses will not be allowed to cross into the Promised Land which He is giving to the people of Israel, due to his sin of striking the rock, rather than speaking to it (Numbers 20).
The verses I want us to observe from today are,
“For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off. It is not in heaven, that thou shouldest say, ‘Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it?’ Neither is it beyond the sea, that thou shouldest say, ‘Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it?’ But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it.” Deuteronomy 30:11-14 (KJV)
The LORD has just given them promise that He will make them plenteous in the works of their hands, the “fruit of their body”, and fruit of the land, if they shall hear and do and keep His commandments (30:9-10). Then, the LORD proceeds to tell Moses that the command is not hidden, nor far away.
So many people want to blame God for sin in the world. Sin is due to the transgression of the human heart against God. We are all born with that transgression. To those who want to argue against that think of this: Do we need to teach children to lie if they are going to lie? NO! Every child will practice the deceit of lying without being taught to do so. They will even steal to get what they want. The reason for that is because there is evil in every human heart. Children must be taught to be truthful and honest, and it does not happen easily. There are many adults who must learn these truths. There is only one child who ever lived who was truthful and honest, faithful and true until His death; and that was Jesus Christ; because He was the Son of God, had the heart and blood of God; and God cannot lie.
Since the word, the commandments, are not hidden, neither are they far away the children of Israel are without excuse concerning any disobedience. They have heard God speak. They have heard His commandments. Yet, we will see as they enter into the Land of Promise they still struggled with obedience.
Christians struggle with obedience today, due to the sinful flesh. We hear God’s Word, but do not obey. We see God’s work in our own hearts and lives yet fail Him. It is sad to say, however, those who profess to know Jesus Christ, and can disobey/sin against Him without regret or remorse and repentance have never experienced the saving faith possible only through the blood of Christ.
For the Christian we have the Spirit of God; the Holy Spirit; living within us. We are empowered to live the life of Christ within us (Read Romans 8:1-15). He is our Comforter, Guide, Counselor, and Corrector and points us to our Lord and Savior.
“But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: for he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.” James 1:22-25
Let’s be sure to hear God’s Word, hide it in our hearts; that we might do it, and live a Biblical, Christian life.
-Tim A. Blankenship