- Deuteronomy 11:1 - 12:32
- Proverbs 12:4
Deuteronomy 11:1 - 12:32
11:22: Be careful to obey all commands I am giving you. Show love to the Lord your God by walking in his ways and holding tightly to him.Moses continued to talk to the people of Israel about obeying the Lord in their new land. He told them where to worship (in a centralized location), and how to worship (how the sacrifices should be carried out, what can and can't be eaten), what to do once they reach the land (tear down all sanctuaries to false gods) and what not to do (worship false idol).
Moses reminded the people that the children had not experienced the same things that they had. They did not see the mighty hand of God as he delivered the people from Israel, nor did they see his wrath as he opened the ground to swallow Dathan and Abiram. Moses tells them to teach the commandments to the children, ensure they know them -- to write the commandments on their doorposts, and tie them to their wrists and foreheads.
The verse that stuck out to me the most was verse 11:22, written above. This verse tells us to show our love for the Lord by obeying him and by leading the life he'd have us to lead. That's a profound statement. How many of us (myself included) profess to love the Lord wholeheartedly, yet intentionally disobey his commands for us?
I don't think that we are unable to love the Lord if we don't obey his commands -- plenty of children love their parents, even though they don't always obey them. But I do think that, if we truly love the Lord, we should think about our actions.
Suppose you are married, and you know that your spouse despises something you frequently do. Let's say this thing you do really hurts them, and you can tell you have caused them pain. Out of love you might stop doing the thing that hurts them. But if you don't stop doing this thing, it not only hurts your spouse, but it can tear your relationship apart -- to the point where it feels irreparable and ends in divorce.
Our relationship with the Lord can always be repaired, no matter how far we have strayed from Him. But when we consider sinning against the Lord, perhaps we ought to step back and think about how this hurts the Lord -- who we to love above everything else. And if we love the Lord above all else, why are we intentionally sinning against Him?
A worthy wife is a crown for her husband, but a disgraceful woman is like cancer in his bones.Wow, that's a powerful verse. I haven't yet read anything about what makes a good wife. I will have to pay attention for that topic as I come upon it in the future.