Bible In One Year-Day 78 (Wednesday, March 19, 2014)
Commentary: Deut4-6. God is more interested in observation of His statutes and carrying out His instructions rather than sacrifices, Deut4:1.
Deuteronomy 4:1-2 “Now therefore hearken, O Israel, unto the statutes and unto the judgments, which I teach you, for to do them, that ye may live, and go in and possess the land which the LORD God of your fathers giveth you. Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.”
Everything that originates from man is impure and this is why God gave the instruction in Deut4:2, that nothing should be added to or removed from His words. Any addition to God’s commandments by man in any form corrupts the life in His word, i.e. no human logic or wisdom should be added to His words. His words are perfected and any attempt for man to bring in logic or wisdom will make the word to lose its power. The only wisdom allowed is to observe God’s words, Deut4:6.
Deuteronomy 4:6 “Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.”
In His warning to them, they must not engage themselves in spiritual harlotry, Deut5:7. To enter the Promised Land, on God’s part, it is His faithfulness, but to live, enjoy and have long life on the Promise Land depends on the level of obedience of the Israelites;
Deuteronomy 5:32-33 “Ye shall observe to do therefore as the LORD your God hath commanded you: ye shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left. Ye shall walk in all the ways which the LORD your God hath commanded you, that ye may live, and that it may be well with you, and that ye may prolong your days in the land which ye shall possess.”
Howbeit, the belly is a great servant but a horrible master. In poverty, people may serve the Lord better but when the belly is full, they tend to forget God. Your relationship with God can be genuinely seen when the problem of food is out of the way or taken care of;
Deuteronomy 6:11-12 “And houses full of all good things, which thou filledst not, and wells digged, which thou diggedst not, vineyards and olive trees, which thou plantedst not; when thou shalt have eaten and be full; Then beware lest thou forget the LORD, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.”
The mere fact that you could afford three square meals a day does not mean God should be despised. Rather in all things give thanks to God because there are people out there who could not afford a meal a day, yet they praise God. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
Psalms 111:10 “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.”
Wealth has stolen the place of God in so many lives. Their comfort has separated them from God even though they confess Him, their heart is far from Him. According to Jesus’ parable (Luke16:19-31), the rich man used God’s blessing to build fence around himself against what God wants him to do; to show love to the poor, Lazarus. The fence became a reality against him when he died such that the angels who carried Lazarus to Abraham’s bosom could not get to him to carry him also; he ended up in hell. The man’s comfort took God’s place and he lost glorious eternity. Beloved, be careful not to allow your comfort to take you far from God;
Deuteronomy 8:18 “But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.”
America shall continue to be a blessed country because of its charitable work to other parts of the world. America has the largest number of NGOs that reaches to the poor all over the world not minding the faith but in love. The wealthy in Africa are pretty far from the poor. As a matter of fact, they deny the poor the basic things of life. They exploit the poor to get rich. Unlike the Americans who release part of their wealth to raise the standard of living of the poor. Every working American has a certain percentage of the pay that is deducted in one way or the other to cater for the less privileged. The more you earn, the more the tax you pay. The rich are very careful not step in the rights of the poor. The greatest help to Africans come from America. Sad to know that the average blackman has the highest level of respect and right on American soil; Africans are hash towards each other. When you move from one country to another, you will see the level of hatred towards each other especially when you let them know you are from another country within Africa. This hated is what results into political killings. You are blessed to be a blessing to others. God is not a ‘religionist’; God is LOVE. He doses not need human blood to show to the world that He is the Supreme Almighty. Any god that seeks for the blood of anyone not believing in what the god stands for is witchcraft. The Supreme God allowed the blood of His dear Son to be shed for our salvation This is what was demonstrated in Jesus (John3:16), and Jesus admonishes us to continue in LOVE. This love starts within a household, then the household of Christ, the community and then the world. Our reading for today is Deut7-9. Keep the fire burning and alive.