Text: Exodus 13: 8-10 (KJV)
8 and you shall tell your son in that day, saying, ‘This is done because of what the Lord did for me when I ame up from Egypt.’ 9 It shall be as a sign to you on your hand and as a memorial between your eyes that the Lord’s law may be in your mouth; for with a strong hand the Lord has brought you out of Egypt. 10 You shall therefore keep this ordinance in its season from year to year.”
"Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one! You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. 6 "And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. 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. Deuteronomy 6:4-9 (NKJV)
Intro: I have made this statement before and I must ask this question or make this statement again; “How are you doing with that?” Do you love the Lord alone, do you really (I mean really?) love the Lord your God, WITH ALL! ...or is there something else in the way?
Memorial weekend always takes me back to the remembrance of the pride and sacrifices that so many made for this Country, their willingness to believe this is one Nation under God! Our freedom because of their sacrifice! Application: “the Lord is our God, the Lord alone.” Remember?
We must remember:
1. What we were: vs. 8 “This is done because of what the LORD did for me when I came up from Egypt.
Vs. 3 “And Moses said to the people: “Remember this day in which you went out of Egypt, out of the house of bondage; for by strength of hand the Lord brought you out of this place. No leavened bread shall be eaten.”
There is a reminder in that statement from vs. 3, remember. Leavened bread was a reminder of the sin that plagued mankind. God’s gracious promise to the patriarchs gave Israel ownership of the land, but it was their own obedience to the Lord that guaranteed their possession and enjoyment of the land. It’s unfortunate that after Israel had lived in the land, they took their blessings for granted, disobeyed God’s law, and had to be punished for their rebellion. First they were chastened in the land and then they were removed from the land and taken captive to Babylon.
What we must remember is that sin had us captive and God’s grace freed us! What were we? Before a relationship with Christ we were: Lost, separated, condemned, without hope, in bondage.
We must remember:
2. What we have: vs. 9 “for with a strong hand the LORD has brought you out of Egypt.” The Jews had a deep heritage, and remembering where they came from was important! In Chapter 13 of Exodus (Remembrance) is a key word. To love God and worship and serve Him is the highest privilege we can have, so when the Lord commands us to love, He is inviting us to do that which is the best. But our love for God must involve the totality of the inner person - “with all your heart … soul … and strength.” The phrase simply means “all that is within you”, a total devotion to the Lord.
There are three words that are imbedded in the very heart and soul of so many in the heritage of the Jewish people: FRONTLET, PHYLACTERY and SHEMA.
A frontlet or phylactery consists of four scripture passages written on parchment and placed in a small leather box tied to the forehead and the left arm. These boxes were worn daily at Morning Prayer by every male Israelite over the age of 13. There is question and debate of the evidence of this phylactery in the days of Moses and the idea that this was figurative portraying the memorial value of the Feast of Unleavened Bread and the importance of the Law in the people’s lives. The orthodox Jewish confession of faith is called “the Shema” after the Hebrew word which means “to hear.” This confession is still recited each morning and evening by devout Jews all over the world, affirming “Jehovah, our Elohim, Jehovah is one.” So important is this confession that Jewish boys in orthodox homes are required to memorize it as soon as they can speak. The nations around Israel worshiped many gods and goddesses, but Israel affirmed to all that there is but one true and living God, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
What the Israelite had and what we can still have today is Hope, life, light, provisions. “for with a strong hand the LORD has brought you out of Egypt.” “He’s got the whole world in His hand” He’s got the whole wide world in His hand, He’s got the whole world in His hand, He’s got whole wide world in His HAND!” We must remember what we have!
“And it shall be that if you earnestly obey My commandments which I command you today, to love the LORD your God and serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul, 14 then I will give you the rain for your land in its season, the early rain and the latter rain, that you may gather in your grain, your new wine, and your oil. 15 And I will send grass in your fields for your livestock, that you may eat and be filled.' 16 Take heed to yourselves, lest your heart be deceived, and you turn aside and serve other gods and worship them, 17 lest the LORD'S anger be aroused against you, and He shut up the heavens so that there be no rain, and the land yield no produce, and you perish quickly from the good land which the LORD is giving you. 18 "Therefore you shall lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 19 You shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. 20 And you shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, 21 that your days and the days of your children may be multiplied in the land of which the LORD swore to your fathers to give them, like the days of the heavens above the earth.” Deuteronomy 11:13-21 (NKJV)
What we have is a God who does care and who is there must He remind us?
We must remember:
3. What we are:
Believers today need to be reminded that all our blessings come to us because of God’s eternal covenant with His Son and the New Covenant which Jesus made through His sacrificial death on the cross. We aren’t blessed because of what we are in ourselves but because of what we are in Christ. “Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, 21 make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.” Hebrews 13:20-21 (NKJV)
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, 4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, 5 having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, 6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He has made us accepted in the Beloved. 7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace 8 which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, 9 having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, 10 that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth--in Him. 11 In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, 12 that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory. 13 In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory. Ephesians 1:3-14 (NKJV)
What we are or can be is complete! We can be a part of the unity of God and the oneness of Life and love and peace. Must He remind you?
Conclusion: “Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place--unless you repent.” Revelation 2:5 (NKJV) Love the Lord your God.
The book of Deuteronomy speaks of Love for the Lord, If Israel obeyed the Lord, they would conquer the enemy, possess the land, multiply in the land, and enjoy a long life in the place of God’s blessing. At least six times in this book, Moses called Canaan “a land of milk and honey”, a phrase that describes the richness and fruitfulness of the land. Milk was a staple food and honey a luxury, so “a land of milk and honey” would provide all that the people needed. There would be adequate pastures for their flocks and herds and sufficient plants in the fields for the bees to obtain pollen. How could the people not love and obey Jehovah when He blessed them so abundantly? God’s blessings haven’t changed but man has!
Have you heard God say anything lately? “Must I remind you?”
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