Today’s Reading: Deuteronomy 4-7
Today’s Reflection: Deuteronomy 4:2
2) You shall not add to the word that I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the LORD your God that I command you.
Just before Israel entered the Promised Land, taking hold of the destiny God had planned for them, Moses gave them this piece of instruction: To take God’s Word at face value. Not to add to it. Not to take away from it. But to observe all of it.
This is good advice for us today.
Today there are nearly 35,000 Christian church denominations in the United States alone, in large part because we don’t take this advice. There are churches that focus on the New Testament, certain that the Old Testament is no longer relevant, and ignoring the fact that every New Testament writer quotes from the Old Testament, as does Jesus Himself. There are churches that focus on the law and treat relationship with God as an afterthought, even though ‘walking with God’ has been the central theme of the men called ‘children of God’ since Adam. There are churches that fail to seek God’s leading in understanding the Bible and wind up proclaiming human wisdom as though it was God’s Word.
Mark 7:8 – “You leave the commandment of God and hold to the tradition of men.”
The answer is to see God’s Word as one, a unified set of guidance and instruction. It isn’t a buffet. We don’t get to pick and choose what we want to observe and what we want to ignore.
James 2:10 – For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it.
While not every Word is to be obeyed verbatim, every Word has purpose and relevance. If you don’t see it in a particular text, seek it out and God will reveal it to you.
2 Timothy 3:16 – All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.