Well, Moses is certainly hammering home the concept of loving the Lord God as he speaks to the people before they enter the land.
In the midst of his message, Moses gave the people some practical application of the call to love the Lord. Moses charged the people to: Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 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. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates, so that your days and the days of your children may be many in the land the LORD swore to give your ancestors, as many as the days that the heavens are above the earth (18-21).
What very practical ways to remind ourselves to love and obey the Lord…
· Fix them in our mind & heart; create reminders that we can carry with us…
· Teach our children. I find that when I teach something I actually learn it better, so this application aids both the children and the parents!
· Talk about them with our families… constant reinforcement of the commands of the Lord.
· Write them on doorframes and gates… every time you come or go from your house the commands stand sentinel, a constant reminder to us. How often do we leave or enter our house and our property?
Moses gave wonderfully practical ways to apply the teaching he gave. How can I apply these to my life? What are ways I can contemporize these application points to work for me today? If anyone has ideas, please send them to me.
Lord, some days Your Word is so practical. Thank You for today’s helpful and practical word. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.