Reading: No scheduled reading
Thoughts and Reflection: Today is the “Catch Up” day (if needed) for the week of February 22-28 so no reading is assigned for today. Below, though, are some points to ponder based on this week’s readings.
- Since there is no assigned reading for today don’t consider this an assigned reading. But it is hard to leave Moses without at least referencing Psalm 90. Moses, not David, is its author. Of all that we know of Moses and what he wrote, its opening lines are rich with meaning:
Lord, you have been our dwelling place
in all generations.
Before the mountains were brought forth,
or ever you had formed the earth and the world,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
The rest is also well worth the read.
- One of the sternest warnings given to Christians in the New Testament is, “Take care brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God” (Heb. 3:12).
Now that’s strong! It follows immediately on the heels of a quotation from Psalm 95 that references the rebellion of Israel in the wilderness “where your fathers put me to the test and saw my works for forty years” (v. 9).
Yes, the wilderness experience served as a warning for the succeeding generation for whom Moses wrote Deuteronomy, but also for followers of Jesus down to this very day.
Don’t Mess with the Bible
We seem to have well impressed upon our minds the idea that we should not add to nor take from the content of Scripture. Good for us.
Deuteronomy is one of the places where this sentiment is expressed. “You shall not add to the word that I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the LORD your God that I command you” (Deut. 4:2; see also 12:32).
What is found here, relatively close to the beginning of the Bible, is also found near the middle (Prov. 30:5-6) and at the end (Rev. 22:18-19) as well.
I think the Lord is serious about this and doesn’t want us to forget.
What we would never do overtly, we sometimes do practically. Really, we do.
The Bible warns us about what some have called “practical atheism.” It’s not that a person is verbally denying the existence of God, but they act as if He’s not there (see James 4:13-17).
In the same way we may never think of trying to remove or add to the Bible, but sometimes we act as though some of the Bible’s instruction isn’t there or that some idea, opinion, or practice we have is there. We act as though some things are in the Bible that aren’t and other things most assuredly present are no part of God’s word.
There is more than one way to add to or take away from.