This week we begin a three-week series titled “Lest we forget”. Deuteronomy chapters 6, 7, and 8, will be our text.
The key verse is Deuteronomy 6:12, which states, “Then beware lest thou forget the LORD, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.”
The children of Israel are getting ready to go into the promised land. Moses wants them to remember what has taken place in the last 40 years. He does not want them to forget.
This week we will look at Deuteronomy 6. Moses recounts Israel’s history.
3Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do it; that it may be well with thee, and that ye may increase mightily, as the LORD God of thy fathers hath promised thee, in the land that floweth with milk and honey. 4Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: 5And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
Moses tells the children of Israel to “hear”. Then he tells them to “do it”. What were they to do? They were to love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
God wants us to do the same.
6And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: 7And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. 8And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. 9And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.
Moses also tells them what they have heard to teach them to their children and anyone else in their household. Further they were to bind God’s words upon thy hands and frontlets between their eyes. They were to never forget God’s word.
God tells us in Psalm 119:11, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”
Can we say that we love God with all our heart, soul, and might? Do we memorize God’s word so that we will never forget it?
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001