“Let the word … dwell in you richly”
Today we finished reading Moses’ last message to his people – the last two chapters of Deuteronomy.
“And then the Lord buried him on Mount Nebo – and the people wept in mourning for him for thirty days” (34:8).
They wept for Jesus for only three days; wondrously, they did not need to weep any longer!
I pondered the comparison between natural Israel and spiritual Israel. We read Paul’s words today in Colossians 3:15
“let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body”.
We have a greater Joshua and a far more wonderful promised land (earth) to enter as long as we are genuinely part of the calling into “one body”.
“Happy are you, O Israel! Who is like you, a people saved by the LORD, the shield …”
And spiritual Israel has been saved by the God’s Son.
Moses was leaving a people who had been chastened and refined by their wilderness journey. We sense that our wilderness journey is nearing completion, how do we feel? Can we say with David,
“Our soul waits for the LORD; he is our help and our shield” (Psalm 33:20)?
What kind of shield can we can take and use and put on? Look at the words of Paul we read today in Colossians.
“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another …” (3:12,13).
“And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts … And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly …” (verses 14-16).
These are the only true riches available today. Do we feel rich? We should! We must! Our sense of this must grow and grow – the more we read His word.
Paul adds, after making this point, that the word will result in us
“teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom”
and cause us to have
“thankfulness in your hearts to God”
“whatever you do, in word or deed, (we) do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (verse 17).
Let us make every effort to “let the word dwell in us richly” – no casual reading – it is the only foundation to enable “the peace of Christ” to truly “rule in (y)our hearts”.