10/3/11 Deuteronomy 10-15; Mark 16; Galatians 1
S: Deuteronomy 11:18-21 So commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these words of mine. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, so that as long as the sky remains above the earth, you and your children may flourish in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors.
O: These are some of Moses’ final instructions to the Israelites before he hands them over to Joshua to lead into the Promise Land.
A: The Orthodox Jews took these instructions literally, which is why you see them wear little ornaments on their foreheads and sleeves with scripture written on them, and similarly, scripture decorations on their doors and gates.
We don’t do that literally, but we should do the spirit of it. The Word of God should be constantly guiding our thoughts and actions. We need to pass on the faith to our children.
In other words, we need to live our lives immersed in the Word of God.
In order to do that, we must first know what the Word of God says. That’s why we need to study the Word regularly. And we need to apply it to our lives – so that we won’t be mere hearers of the Word and not doers.
That’s why we’re doing this Life Journal in the first place, with its SOAP.
P: Father, help me to be daily immersed in your Word. May Your Holy Spirit remind me of what Your Word says every time I make a decision. In Jesus’ name, amen.