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Are you familiar with the verse that says the Bible is living and active (Hebrews 4:12)? Want some proof? Pull up a chair.
I have been reading through the Bible chronologically and today I was in Deuteronomy 17. I got through the difficult first part of the chapter by pulling out a commentary to help me understand. Then I came to the part titled “Principles Governing Kings.”
Proof coming up.
For about a month now, I have been trying to decide whether to start a little project. Actually it wasn’t all that little – so I had been praying, trying to discern if it would be a good use of my time. My thoughts went back and forth – yes, good, then no, silly – but I couldn’t get it out of my head. You see, ever since my Mom gave me a book* where a guy hand-lettered the entire book of Psalms (yes, entire!), I was intrigued – and I really wanted to do that! Or, something like that – a coffee table book, perhaps. But, did I have time to do that? And even if I did, should I spend precious time on something like that?
Flash back to today. I’m reading Deuteronomy 17 and I get to verses 14-17 where the Lord gives the OK for the Israelites to select a king – as long as it’s the man the Lord chooses. Cool. Brought back memories of my days on a pastor search committee. Then it goes on with other good advice to keep the king humble and focused on the Lord.
And then these “living” verses hit me right between the eyes, even though I had read them before (they were underlined in my Bible). Deuteronomy 17:18-20 ESV reads …
“And when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, he shall write for himself in a book a copy of this law, approved by the Levitical priests. And it shall be with him, and he shall read in it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the Lord his God by keeping all the words of this law and these statutes, and doing them, that his heart may not be lifted up above his brothers, and that he may not turn aside from the commandment, either to the right hand or to the left, so that he may continue long in his kingdom, he and his children, in Israel.
How about that! Coffee table books go way back!
And did you see those benefits? I’m not a king, of course, but since kings are people too, I think I can assume that writing the Word on my heart will help me, as well, learn to …
~ respect the Lord my God
~ obey the Lord
~ become humble
~ follow His will
Well, who can argue that THAT would be a good use of my time!
Follow along with me on this journey of hand-writing God’s Word on my heart. Or better yet, join me!