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Forgetting, The Bible, and Deuteronomy 6

April 4, 2012

Much is made in academic circles about the value of the word of God. Away from the ivory tower, we can often thumb our nose at “those people” who think the Bible is a bunch of psychobabble designed to medicate the souls of the masses. There are, however, many of us who give the Bible plenty of lip service with very little value ascribed to it as the central focus our lives. In that we are, functionally, not far from the very people we look down at. Deuteronomy 6 has plenty to say about the central role of the Bible in our lives. It is full, rich, and perhaps the central statement int the Bible about the value of the Bible.

Three thoughts pertaining to Deuteronomy 6:

1. There is literally no time when the word of God is not to be the greatest treasure in your life. Verses 6-9 state that the word should be written on your heart, written, talked of, taught, and (in Jewish culture) wrapped around your arms and on your forehead. There is no escaping it, the very word of God views the most important thing we could possess as, well…itself. 

2. Verses 10-11 talks about the people of God in the context of inhabiting the land of Canaan who would inherit homes with things they did not fill and cities they did not build cisterns they did not fill and olive trees they did not plant. Might I also add (at the risk of being called a heretic for adding to Scripture) that the people of God had already been given the word of God that they did not write. How often we think the word of God was written with our creature comforts in mind. We must banish that thought! It was written to reveal the living God to the people of God. The Scriptures as something for us to be thankful for and to not pretend in any way, shape, or form that we can change it, alter it, or dictate how it is and is not the be used.

3. The central purpose of the Scriptures are to shape our heart’s affections as we learn of the knowledge of God, lest you forget the Lord. Verse 14 says that we should not go after other gods, yet that is exactly what happens to us when the word of God becomes less than important to the people of God. We run after the gods of comfort, self esteem, financial portfolios, and self sufficiency. We should not think that our hearts will stay fully devoted to God without a thriving devotional life. It is simply not possible. 

“Now this is the commandment—the statutes and the rules—that the LORD your God commanded me to teach you, that you may do them in the land to which you are going over, to possess it, [2] that you may fear the LORD your God, you and your son and your son’s son, by keeping all his statutes and his commandments, which I command you, all the days of your life, and that your days may be long. [3] Hear therefore, O Israel, and be careful to do them, that it may go well with you, and that you may multiply greatly, as the LORD, the God of your fathers, has promised you, in a land flowing with milk and honey. [4] “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. [5] You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. [6] And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. [7] You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. [8] You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. [9] You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. [10] “And when the LORD your God brings you into the land that he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give you—with great and good cities that you did not build, [11] and houses full of all good things that you did not fill, and cisterns that you did not dig, and vineyards and olive trees that you did not plant—and when you eat and are full, [12] then take care lest you forget the LORD, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. [13] It is the LORD your God you shall fear. Him you shall serve and by his name you shall swear. [14] You shall not go after other gods, the gods of the peoples who are around you—[15] for the LORD your God in your midst is a jealous God—lest the anger of the LORD your God be kindled against you, and he destroy you from off the face of the earth. (Deuteronomy 6:1-15 ESV)

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