Not just knickknacks

Before the Israelites entered the Promised Land Moses had a few things to say to them. He reminded them of what life was like in Egypt and how they lived while in the wilderness. He wanted them to remember the past before they went into the future.

Moses wanted them to think about all that had happened that they witnessed or had been told about. He wanted them to remember all God had done. It was important that they remember, and acknowledge, all the miracles that had occurred, how God protected them and provided for them. They needed to be reminded that even when they wandered away from God, He never left them. 

Moses also reminded the people of the commandments, decrees, and laws of God.  Ignorance would be no excuse.  They were told and knew what was expected of them.

This very day God, your God, commands you to follow these rules and regulations, to live them out with everything you have in you.

Deuteronomy 26:16 msg

The people listened to Moses and they agreed to do as the Lord commanded.

You’ve renewed your vows today that God is your God, that you’ll live the way He shows you; do what He tells you in the rules, regulations, and commandments, and listen obediently to Him.

Deuteronomy 26:17 msg

In making this declaration, renewing their vows, the Israelites promised God that they would listen to His voice and do as He commands, and they would be obedient. Like the Israelites preparing to enter the Promised Land we make promises and declarations when we become followers of Christ. We promise that we will walk in His ways and listen obediently to Him. And like the Israelites we are given the commandments, decrees, and laws. We have His Holy Word and His Spirit to remind us. Perhaps because of this we have even less excuse for our wayward ways.

And today God has reaffirmed that you are dearly held treasure as He promised, a people entrusted with keeping His commandments, a people set high above all other nations that He’s made, high in praise, fame, and honor: you’re a people holy to God, your God. That’s what He promised.

Deuteronomy 26:18-19 msg

And like the Israelites we are His treasured possession; but we can know this more assuredly because we have been redeemed by the blood of Christ. We are a holy people of God, our God. What God promised has been delivered!


Is it not a wonder that we are not just some silly knick-knack in God’s house, we are a treasured possession.

I wonder if when the Lord looks at me if He thinks I am taking good care of His treasure?

I wonder, where is my dust cloth and polish? I know for certain there are dust bunnies and cobwebs…

Just wondering…

4 thoughts on “Not just knickknacks

  1. Praise God for this post. I am actually teaching this lesson tonight in Bible study! You know what really blows me away? God told the Israelites they were His special treasure and then in chapter 31 He shares with them that He knows they will be unfaithful to Him and discipline and judgment await the nation! Yet God knowing all this still called them His special treasure…and that is what we are too…dust bunnies and all!

    • I have been in a study, the last several weeks, of Deuteronomy, tomorrow is the last day. I was not enthusiastic about the study in the beginning but as I study and learn I am humbled by the love of God for His people through the ages–and now for us. Now matter what we do or don’t do He loves us, we are His treasure. He knows all about us and still we are treasured.

      I had thought Deuteronomy would be full of laws and “thou shall not(s)” and a downer but I have found it to be a book of encouragement.

      Thanks for the comment, JE. Always good to hear from you.

  2. i too wonder how am i treating this possession the LORD has given me. sometimes i have to say LORD will you dust me and put me back on the shelf

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