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August 16, 2010

How's This For Encouragement? (Memory #3)

Before the Israelites are about to enter into a new land, the Lord (via Moses), is retelling the Israelites their story/journey once again (I'm not sure how many times it is by now that this has happened), but the point is for these people to remember their story, remember their mission-objective, remember grace, remember the Lord's favor to them, just remember so they'll live the right way and not the wrong way by forgetting.


*A Note: From Dt. 10:12-12:32, the Lord reminds them bluntly 10x to "be careful to (remember) do all the Lord has commanded.


Dt. 11:18 says, "You shall therefore lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes...


v.20 says, "You shall write them on the doorposts of house and on your gates.


v.22, "For if you will be careful to do all this commandment.....Loving the Lord, walking in his ways and holding fast to him (v23) then the Lord will drive out....(basically reward you and be good to you).


I can't help but think of a certain verse in Psalm that is so resemblant of the stuff I read in Deuteronomy, Psalm 119:11, "Thy word have I stored in my heart, that I might not sin against you."


We give thanks you, 
O God, for the goodness and love which you have made known to us in creation, In the calling of Israel to be your people,
In your word spoken through the prophets;
And above all in the Word made flesh, Jesus, your Son.
...In him, you delivered us from evil, 
And made us worthy to stand before you.
In him, you have brought us out of error and into truth,
Out of sin into righteousness,
Out of death into life.

"I appeal to you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present yourselves as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship" Romans 12:1.
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