Line in the Sand


Deuteronomy 5: 6-22

“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.

“You shall have no other gods before[b] me.

“You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 10 but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.

11 “You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.

12 “Observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy, as the Lord your God has commanded you. 13 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 14 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your ox, your donkey or any of your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns, so that your male and female servants may rest, as you do. 15 Remember that you were slaves in Egypt and that the Lord your God brought you out of there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. Therefore the Lord your God has commanded you to observe the Sabbath day.

16 “Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the Lord your God is giving you.

17 “You shall not murder.

18 “You shall not commit adultery.

19 “You shall not steal.

20 “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.

21 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife. You shall not set your desire on your neighbor’s house or land, his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”

22 These are the commandments the Lord proclaimed in a loud voice to your whole assembly there on the mountain from out of the fire, the cloud and the deep darkness; and he added nothing more. Then he wrote them on two stone tablets and gave them to me.

As I watch the latest news feeds, observe the youth of our nation act out what is our new reality, and notice society’s standard of what is accepted, the line of God’s benchmark is completely blurred.  Do we have set morals, decorum, or true standards?

Where is the sanctity of marriage and family?

Where is the brotherhood and sisterhood of this great nation, founded on strong faith in God’s plan?

We need the truth of one true doctrine.

Not a truth that hides behind men’s and women’s schemes, desires, and lies.

Moses knew after hearing from God that the most important commandment is to have no other God then the one true God.  Nothing should take priority over the worship and reliance of God.  We shall not bow down to any likeness of God, serve any other master, and seek out answers from anyone or anywhere other than our heavenly father.  This was stated over and over in Deuteronomy.  Our great Lord of Lords knew that if our eyes gaze away and our focus falters, we will fall to the death of our spiritual selves.

The effort of Moses to convey God’s message goes on to explain the importance of rest and mediation on God’s word.  Which is necessary to keep us connected and put our hearts set for hearing from His word.  This is the foundation that builds to a strong faith.

I think Moses also understood that we would need constant reminders because life and its’ pull would keep us from God.  This is and will always be our undoing.  We may not break other commandments, but eventually we will slip into a state of blindness.  This blindness causes a blurry line and then commandments are broken ever so slightly. First a little lie, a moment of envy of someone else’s life, a possible stolen idea, thoughts of leaving a marriage for another, and then we are now knee deep in the mud that began as a slippery slope.  

How easy it happens when we take our focus off of God.  We become a person who is dead spiritually with a harden heart and lack of solid expectations for ourselves and others.

What shall we do?

Deuteronomy 6:5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.

Love without expectation.  Love without benefits.  Love without proof.  

Love with knowing God loved us first.  Love with His words.  Love with His justice and grace.  Love because He call us to love all.

Our line is drawn and we need to follow, stand firmly placed as a stationary rock set by God, with the inscription “Loved”.  

We are called to share the commandments and live them through our thoughts, actions, and feelings. Passing on God’s will and love for us to each generation, fervently worshiping and following without ceasing.  

May we walk in His light and seek what standard He has set.

Deuteronomy 11:19 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.

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