Wednesday, March 24

Love it, learn it, live it!

Scripture: Deuteronomy 11-12, Proverbs 7, Matthew 24

Deuteronomy 11:18–21 Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 19 Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 20 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates, 21 so that your days and the days of your children may be many in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors, as many as the days that the heavens are above the earth.

Proverbs 7:1–3 My son, keep my words and store up my commands within you. 2 Keep my commands and you will live; guard my teachings as the apple of your eye. 3 Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart.

Observation

I was struck by the similarity in Deuteronomy 11 and Proverbs 7.  Both tell us to know and obey God’s word, and pile up similar verbs to help us do that.  Look at the italicized verbs: 

      • Fix them in your hearts and minds
      • Tie them on your hands
      • Bind them on your foreheads
      • Teach them to your children
      • Talk about them everywhere
      • Write them on your door and gate

And Proverbs says

      • Keep them
      • Store them within you
      • Guard them as the apple of your eye
      • Bind them on your fingers
      • Write them on your heart

Some Jewish people did this literally, rolling up tiny scrolls of Scripture and putting them in miniature boxes on their wrists or foreheads, or their gates and doors.  

And why go to all this trouble to know God’s commands?  So that you can do them and be blessed.  Obedience brings blessing.  When you do what God says, you get on the right side of life—you align yourself with the way things are meant to be and life just goes better.  

Someone said that we don’t break God’s laws; we break ourselves against God’s laws when we don’t obey.  We obey and are blessed; we ignore or disobey to our own harm.  This is why both authors above pile up the verbs, encouraging us to know and value God’s word and be blessed!

Love it, learn it, live it…and be blessed!

Application

Years ago, I identified seven things to do with God’s word:

  1. Hear
  2. Read
  3. Study
  4. Memorize
  5. Meditate
  6. Obey
  7. Share

Each one takes you deeper.  And the deeper you go, the better you get.  The more like Christ you become, and the better your life goes.  This is why we push PBJ so much.  Time spent in God’s word is one of the most valuable investments you can make in your life!  

Today, think about each of these verbs and how you could practice them in your daily life in order to become a person of the Word!

Prayer: Lord, thank you for the Scriptures.  Help us to take seriously the value of Your Word, and to apply ourselves to love it, learn it and live it!