Monday, September 19
By Jill McClain
Moses gives more instructions to the Israelites about what they should and should not do to please God in Deuteronomy 24-25. He gives some clear directives about what should be done under some specific situations. Then in chapter 26 the people are instructed to give a special tithe to the Lord when they enter into the Promised Land.
Following many chapters of instructions and laws, the people are explicitly reminded that they must follow all of these laws.
“The LORD your God commands you this day to follow these decrees and laws; carefully observe them with all your heart and with all your soul. You have declared this day that the LORD is your God and that you will walk in his ways, that you will keep his decrees, commands and laws, and that you will obey him. And the LORD has declared this day that you are his people, his treasured possession as he promised, and that you are to keep all his commands. He has declared that he will set you in praise, fame and honor high above all the nations he has made and that you will be a people holy to the LORD your God, as he promised.” (Deuteronomy 2:16-19)
When God had initially led his people out of Egypt he had set up a special covenant with them. There were vows taken by both God and his people that must be kept by both sides. The LORD promised that if he was their God and they walked in his ways, then they would be his special people. Now in this passage the next generation of God’s chosen people were again repeating the promises of their covenant relationship before they entered the Promised Land. Humans are extremely forgetful. By nature we often forget about the important commitments that we make to others, even important commitments to those we care deeply about. On occasion, married couples will choose to renew their marriage vows. The renewal of vows by a married couple do not make them “more married”, but it can serve as an important reminder of their commitment to each other. In Deuteronomy 26 God’s chosen people are remembering the special commitment they have to God. God is a promise keeper. He will always be true to the promises he has made. Are you keeping your commitments to God? Are you following his decrees and walking in his ways?