Preparing for the Test, Part 2

Multitudes shake their heads wondering what is happening to the world we live in. What do you think? Deuteronomy reveals the foundational answer. We have failed to prepare for life’s testing. Part 1 introduced the vital element of preparedness.

“Fear the LORD thy God,”, as shown in the first four commandments and summed up in loving and cleaving to Him above all else. Get this right and the rest is simple, maybe not always easy, but simple.

“…to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul,to keep the commandments of the LORD, and his statutes, which I command thee this day for thy good.” Deut. 10:12,13.blog ten comthL1JRHTI7

“…walk in all his ways…But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way… This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends if ye do whatsoever I command you.” (1Cor. 12:31;John 15:12-14).

“…to love him and to serve…If ye love me, keep my commandments… Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.”( John 14:15; 1John 5:1,2).

“…keep the commandments…and the second is like unto it, THOU SHALT LOVE THY NEIGHBOUR AS THYSELF.” Matt. 22:39.

  • “Honour thy father and thy mother, as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee.” Deut. 5:16.

“For God commanded, saying, HONOUR THY FATHER AND MOTHER: and HE THAT CURSETH FATHER OR MOTHER, LET HIM DIE THE DEATH… Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.”( Matt. 15:4; Col. 3:20).

  • “Thou shalt not kill.” Deut.5:17.

“Whosoever hatheth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.” 1John 3:15.

  • “Neither shalt thou commit adultery.” Deut. 5:18.

“Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, THOU SHALT NOT COMMIT ADULTERY: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.” Matt. 5:27,28.

  • “Neither shalt thou steal.” Deut. 5:19.

“But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters…Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.” (1Pet. 4:15; Eph.4:28).

  • “Neither shalt thou bear false witness against thy neighbor.” Deut. 5:20.

“A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall perish…Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.” (Prov. 19:9; Eph. 4:29).

  • “Neither shalt thou desire thy neighbour’s wife, neither shalt thou covet thy neighbour’s house, his field, or his manservant, his ox, or his ass, or any thing that is thy neighbour’s.” Deut. 5:21.

“…Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth… Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: for which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:” (Luke 12:15;Col. 3:5,6).

Christ has fulfilled all the law. All it required, He embodied and performed. Christ in us fulfills the law in us. “Love worketh no ill to his neighbor: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law…put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.” Rom. 13:10,14.

Where do you feel least prepared for the trials and testing of life? Would it be in the sudden or catastrophic things of life or in the mundane living of every day? Which ever it is cleave to the Lord, He will carry you through. Keep on keeping on.

 

Preparing for the Test, Part 1

Moses stood before the new generation of Israel. His first message called on them to remember the LORD God who brought them out of Egypt, led their parents in the wilderness, and proved their hearts. The theme, don’t repeat their failure.

Now before their testing, Moses reviews God’s requirements for them to live in His abundance.

blog ten comthL1JRHTI7“And now Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him and serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul, to keep the commandments of the LORD, and his statutes, which I command thee this day for thy good.” Deut. 10:12-13.

”…fear the LORD thy God…”

  • “Thou shalt have none other gods before me…Deut.5:7; For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, a great God, a mighty, and a terrible, which regardeth not persons, nor taketh reward…Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God; him shalt thou serve, and to him shalt thou cleave, and swear by his name.” (Deut. 10:17,20).

As Moses told the new generation, Paul tells the church generations: “For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,) But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.” 1Cor. 8:5,6.

  • “Thou shalt not make thee any graven image…Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God…Deut. 5:8,9; Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and ye turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them.” Deut.11:16.

John speaks to us: “And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life. Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen…Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”   (1John 5:20-21; Rev. 4:11).

  • “Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain…Deut. 5:11; If thou wilt not observe to do all the words of this law that are written in this book, that thou mayest fear this glorious and fearful name, THE LORD THY GOD…every sickness, and every plague, which is not written in the book of this law, them will the LORD bring upon thee, until thou be destroyed.” Deut. 28: 58,61. They cannot say they weren’t warned.

Jesus, Paul, and John explained it further to us: “But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth…Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth… HOLY, HOLY, HOLY, LORD GOD ALMIGHTY, WHICH WAS, AND IS, AND IS TO COME.” (John 4:23,24; Phil.2:9-10; Rev. 4:8). Do you carry the Lord’s name in spirit and in truth or in vain?

  • “Keep the Sabbath day to sanctify it, as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee…the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work…Deut. 5:12,14a; If thou turn away thy foot from the Sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the Sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words: Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD…” Isa. 58:13,14a.

And what does the writer of Hebrews have to say to us about the Lord’s day of rest? “Let us therefore fear, lest a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it…There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.” Heb. 4:1,9-11. Are you still working for God’s approval or have you entered His rest by trusting in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross?

Summing up today’s review with Jesus’ words :  “THOU SHALT LOVE THE LORD THY GOD WITH ALL THY HEART, AND WITH ALL THY SOUL, AND WITH ALL THY MIND.” Matt. 22:37.

Join me tomorrow for review part 2 as we continue to prepare for our testing.