Remembrance can be a wonderful power for good. Remembrances can awake us afresh to God and to each other. Remembrance and repentance are corollaries. In the biblical history, Moses is succeeded by Jesus (Jesus is the Greek form of Joshua). It is this Jesus who leads the people into the promised land. The Gospel is the burden of the Law of Moses!
How wonderful it is that this reading is again full of meaning and wisdom!
“For the LORD will again take delight in prospering you, as he took delight in your fathers, …”
This is a big important idea, that the Lord takes delight in prospering. It sets Him apart from other capricious and human-like gods. The Lord takes delight in prospering us!
And if it is spiritual/eternal blessings we receive in the new covenant, then how we can take heart. God takes delight in growing ou8r faith! In blessing our worship (corporate, family, individual). In the sound of joyful noise in praise of Him, in being bound up together towards unity, in us displaying the fruits of the Holy Spirit – God takes delight in prospering us!
“Therefore choose life, …”
How these words should ring in our ears throughout this world and across the years. Choose life!
We see that although Joshua is often remembered for the “Be strong and courageous” phrase, it seems to have been taught to him by Moses, whom God presumably taught to him.
Here we see Moses giving the command to the people and then to Joshua, this encouragement. What a wonderful testament to faithful preaching and teaching of God’s word.
And then at the end of the passage, who is it that is to hear the law? It is the same list as found in yesterday’s reading, in terms of the covenant. It is men, women, little ones and the sojourner.
Note that God thought the reading of His word was important for all the family. Dads, Mums, children and those taken into our families (biological and/or church) from outside. Everyone!
Let us be encouraged to take hold of God’s word in our family units, in whatever that looks like in the form God has placed us in, to have His word clearly proclaimed and taught.
* Father God,
Thank You for Your word. Thank You for its power and effectiveness as Your Spirit writes it on our hearts, that in it we find life!
Thank You for Jesus, the King of Life, who has won the victory over death.
Thank You for Your love for us dear Lord.