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…