Today’s Reading: Deuteronomy 27
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Key Verse: Deuteronomy 27:26
Cursed is the one who does not confirm all the words of this law by observing them. And all the people shall say, “Amen!”
It is understood that the laws to be written on the stones erected after crossing into the Promised Land were only those found here in Deuteronomy 27. To write all the laws of Moses in this way would be impossible. Whitewashing the stones and then writing on them, possibly with charcoal, would not be permanent as would engraving in the stones, as was the case with the Ten Commandments. Jesus gave us two laws which sum up all the Law. First, love God, and second, love our neighbour as ourselves (Luke 10:27). When the young man came to Jesus to ask about eternal life (Matthew 19:16-22), Jesus said, “Keep the commandments.” The youth replied, “Which ones?” Jesus gave only six and then went directly to the heart of the young man. Jesus said, “Sell what you have and give to the poor.” This revealed what was written on his heart. What commandments are written, not on tablets of stone, but on our hearts? (2 Corinthians 3:3). Let’s meditate on this throughout today. Amen!
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, write on my heart Your Word, I pray. Grant me the grace to love You more, and to express this love by loving my neighbour more. I ask for grace to love my neighbour by making sure that the Good News of Jesus and God’s Word is available day and night. Please provide through me and others the much needed year-end financial giving for the Crossroads Ministry. In Jesus’ Name I ask these mercies. Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
Throughout my childhood, I thought I understood that unless I kept certain rules, I was not going to Heaven when I died. By the time I was 15, I had given up on keeping the rules. Then at 16, in December of 1952, in a high school auditorium, I went forward at the invitation of an Evangelist. An older man opened his Bible and asked me to read John 6:37. I read the words of Jesus, “Him that comes to Me I will in no way cast out.” The man said, “You’ve come to Jesus, right?” I answered, “Yes.” Then the man said, “What does Jesus do when you come to Him?” I answered, “He receives me!” Instantly, I knew that my salvation was not about keeping certain rules, but about believing that Jesus would not lie, and that His Word is true. At that moment, I was transformed; I became a new creation; I was born into a new life in Jesus! I’ve just paused to sing the song, “Tell Me the Story of Jesus, Write on My Heart Every Word” (click here to sing along). My heart is filled with joy.
Yours for our hearts to be filled with Jesus!
P.S. I will be forever grateful that someone paid for the gasoline and gave me a ride from Pembroke, Ontario, to Ottawa (100 miles) the night I was saved. Lots of people gave in the offering that night to pay to rent the auditorium and to pay the cost to bring Evangelist Jack Wrytzen from New York City to Canada. Years later, Syd Healey, my boss at the garage where I worked part time while I was in high school, gave the first offering of $300.00 to start the Crossroads television ministry in 1962.