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07 March 2010

Today’s Reading: Deuteronomy 5-6; Psalm 43; Mark 14

Scripture:

God didn’t just make this covenant with our parents; he made it also with us, with all of us who are alive right now. (Deuteronomy 5:3 MSG)

Deuteronomy means “Second Law.” Israel was 39 years and a few months into the journey of faith – the journey from slavery to freedom. The only people still alive who had come out of Egypt as adults were Joshua, Caleb, and Moses and Moses was a short-timer. Moses had to make sure a new generation, made up of those alive right now, was up to speed on what God had in mind for them when he freed them from slavery a generation earlier.

God had made an everlasting covenant with their ancestor Abraham. God had reconfirmed that covenant with their parents, but it was a dead end unless this generation embraced the covenant through simple faith and obedience and then passed the faith to their children.

6 Write these commandments that I’ve given you today on your hearts. Get them inside of you 7 and then get them inside your children. Talk about them wherever you are, sitting at home or walking in the street; talk about them from the time you get up in the morning to when you fall into bed at night. 8 Tie them on your hands and foreheads as a reminder; 9 inscribe them on the doorposts of your homes and on your city gates. (Deuteronomy 6:6-9 MSG)

God has no grandchildren. If I embrace his covenant with all my heart, that’s good for one short lifetime. If I can get it into the hearts of my kids, that’s two lifetimes. If they don’t pass it on, we’re done. And I won’t be here to fix it.

There is nothing I can do on a personal level that is more important than leading my kids and others of their generation to embrace God’s covenant of grace. It’s not the only thing I’m supposed to do with my life, but there is nothing more important.

Prayer:

Father, Help me to remember that the most urgent is not always the most important. Please help me to also remember that the most obvious is not always the most important. Help me to know which is which. And help me have the courage to do the important. Amen.

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