“God is not dead”
Moses was also put before many choices and did not always have it easy to lead the people out from the slavery of Egypt to the promised land. In the readings of today (Deuteronomy 29, Isaiah 1 and Acts 27) we first we read more of Moses final message to God’s people concerning the two covenants with Israel between Egypt and Canaan. The first at Sinai that second at the border of the land. The first was a series of commands to which the people did indeed say ‘all that the Lord has spoken we will do’ but the people were commanded to acknowledge ‘say amen’ the terms of the second.
The second more clearly related to the way that they were to live – not that the first one didn’t, but was not presented as being so closely related to everyday life as the second one given here
29 These are the words of the covenant, which the Lord commanded Moses to make with the children of Israel in the land of Moab, beside the covenant which he made with them in Horeb. (Deuteronomy 29:1BRG Bible)
Israel had been provided with salvation from slavery and got being fed in the wilderness for 40 years and all the time where being cared for their physical needs in the matter of clothing and for food with Manna.
It is God Who gives us the ability to live and to feel and hear His calling. It is also God Who gives signals and warnings to the people which they with their abilities can hear and accept or can ignore those calls of God . Our actions shall make that God separates and Godsaves.
13 That he may establish thee to day for a people unto himself, and that he may be unto thee a God, as he hath said unto thee, and as he hath sworn unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. (Deuteronomy 29:13 BRG Bible)
4 Yet the Lord hath not given you an heart to perceive, and eyes to see, and ears to hear, unto this day. (Deuteronomy 29:4 BRG Bible)
When we look at those ancient writings we can see how stubborn and often unthankfull those people were who were brought out of their misery to find better pastures. As Moses says here it applies also for today’s stubborn people who also have not been given a heart(or mind) to have understanding; eyes to see; ears to hear. All people received the ability to come to see the Divine Creator, but they refuse to see the hand of God in their lives.
Today we can see a lot of stiff necked people as in the time of Moses.
9 and write them on ·your doors [L the lintels/doorposts of your house] and gates. (Deuteronomy 6:9Expanded Bible)
When you received the ability to think and to write, are you willing to write those Words of God into your heart?
In the 1960ies we often heard the cry
“God is dead”
In the 21st century for the majority of people God still does not exist, Bút God is very well alive.
Those who believe in the Divine Creator their response is to accept Jehovah God His work on our part and behave as if we deserve His favour.
We should remind ourselves of what happened in the past with those who were willing to believe in the Most HighMaker of all things. The lovers of God also should show others how God’s commands help us to stay on the right track. It is by making ourselves able to be in line with God’s Will that blessings may already come unto us in this life, though we should know that satan or the adversary of God is the master of this world, at the moment, and therefore lovers of God shall not always have it easy.
We also may not forget that our ability to choose for this world or for God shall be important for how we relate to God. Often we find lots of people who still doubt and who are so secure that they are pulled from one to the other site, not able to make up their mind either to choose for God or for the world.
So many people have so much self-regard and pride that they loose the ability to see properly. Often it are such people who would love to convince any lover of God that such love is useless and that one can better enjoy the pleasures of this world. It is the pride of man that also robs him form the ability to be a real partaker of the Body of Christ and to enjoy the glory and blessings from God.
Those who realize their inherent spiritual poverty apart from God will trust in Him, and He will enrich their lives immeasurably. Do not allow your resources, wisdom, talent, or abilities to prevent you from trusting the One who can bring you abundant life.
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