Today’s Reading: Deuteronomy 27
Key Verse: Deuteronomy 27:26
Cursed is the one who does not confirm all the words of this law by observing them. And all the people shall say, “Amen!”
It is understood that the laws to be written on the stones erected after crossing into the Promised Land were only those found here in Deuteronomy 27. To write all the laws of Moses in this way would be impossible. Whitewashing the stones and then writing on them, possibly with charcoal, would not be permanent as would engraving in the stones, as was the case of the Ten Commandments. Jesus gave us two laws which sum up all the law. First, love God, and second, love our neighbor as ourselves (Luke 10:27). When the young man came to Jesus to ask about eternal life (Matt. 19:16-22), Jesus said, “Keep the commandments.” The young man replied, “Which ones?” Jesus gave only six, and then went directly to the heart of the young man. Jesus said, “Sell what you have and give to the poor.” This revealed what was written on the heart. What commandments are written, not on tables of stone, but on our hearts (1 Cor. 3:3). Let’s meditate on this throughout today.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, write on my heart your Word, I pray. Grant me the grace to love You more, and to express this love by loving my neighbor more. In Jesus’ Name I ask these mercies. Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
Throughout my childhood, I thought I understood that unless I kept certain rules, I was not going to Heaven when I died. By the time I was 15, I had given up on keeping the rules. Then at 16, in December of 1952, in a high school auditorium, I went forward at the invitation of an Evangelist. An older man opened his Bible and asked me to read John 6:37. I read the words of Jesus, “Him that comes to Me I will in no way cast out.” The man said, “You’ve come to Jesus, right?” I answered, “Yes.” Then the man said, “What does Jesus do when you come to Him?” I answered, “He receives me!” Instantly, I knew that my salvation was not about keeping certain rules, but about believing that Jesus would not lie, and that His Word is true. At that moment, I was transformed; I became a new creation; I was born into a new life in Jesus. I’ve just paused to sing the song, “Tell me the story of Jesus, write on my heart every Word.”
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