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06/07/2010

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God's Commandment - Our Rule Book


"Now this is the commandment, and these are the statutes and judgements which the Lord your God has commanded to teach you, that you may observe them in the land which you are crossing over to possess" (Deut. 6:1).

Rule books are important. In the world of sports, they provide the guidelines under which a particular game is to be played. In organized athletics, there are officials to see that the rules are carried out. In the book of Deuteronomy, we find a lot of God's rules. To this very day, the book embodies what it means to be a Jew. In a Christian's New Testament, after Psalms, it is quoted more than any other Old Testament book, and that includes Isaiah. The book consists of three major speeches made by Moses to the people on the evening before they were to cross the Jordan River and enter into the land promised to them.

Just as a player needs to play by the rules so that the game makes sense and is equal for everyone, so do we. There is almost a tendency to think that God's laws are chains. Chains that keep one from having any fun anymore. We must be grim-faced because we are now restricted by a set of constricting rules. <>Nothing can be farther from the truth! I believe that when a person becomes a Christian, the real fun of life begins! The longest book in the Bible, Psalm 119, extols the wonders and virtues of God's laws. Moses predicted in Deuteronomy 4: 6-8 that the world would one day be in awe at the justice and wisdom of God's laws...He was correct! To us a Christians, God's law in the Old Testament was fulfilled in Jesus Christ. What we must remember is that the greatest law of the Old Testament and New are almost identical. When Jesus was asked in Matthew 27, "which is the greatest commandment in the Law, we all know His reply..."Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. Jesus is quoting Deuteronomy 6:5 here. It was the greatest commandment back than and remains the greatest today. Our very lives as Christians begin with a love of God. Without it, all else is useless. In his first speech to the people in Deuteronomy, Moses wanted them to understand first and foremost that their religion was based on their love of God!

That God wants the love of His children is at the heart of Jesus' message to us...We need to keep it there...

Have a great beginning to your week...A RAK would be good... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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