Deuteronomy 12

Deuteronomy 12 has Moses continuing to prepare the people to cross the Jordan.  He seems to be going over and over the instructions, obviously a bit concerned about their remembering and following.  I guess that is wise as history has shown him that the people don’t always stay the course.  But Moses makes it clear that walking with God is not part time but needs to be done and these rules followed “all the days that you live on the earth”.  The opportunity we have to walk with God is not short term, it is life long and needs to be front and center each and every day.

Moses reminds them what they are to do as they enter the Promised Land and begin to take over the land.  “You shall tear down their altars….dash in pieces their pillars….burn their Asherim….chop down the carved images….destroy their name”.  They aren’t just to enter and fit in but to destroy and move out all the old stuff.  And once they clean things out, Moses reminds them what to replace it with.  “You shall bring your burnt offerings and your sacrifices, your tithes and the contribution that you present, your vow offerings, your freewill offerings, and the firstborn of your herd and of your flock”.  They were to put off the old and put on the new.

Moses knows the people have some changing to do.  He reminds them they can have “everyone doing whatever is right in his own eyes….but when you go….when he gives you rest….you shall bring all that I command you….and you shall rejoice”.  I love how Moses describes what will happen.  When you go – not if you go.  Action is expected.  There is a requirement to do what is right and to go in obedience to God’s commands.  If we do that, God’s blessing flow.  When we do that God’s rest comes.  But it hinges on our going – on being obedient and doing what God expects and commands.

Moses drives home his point by saying this.  “Be careful to obey all these words that I command you, that it may go well with you and with your children after you forever, when you do what is good and right in the sight of the Lord your God”.  It isn’t how hard we work, how many hours we spend, the people we know or any other human thing that determines our success.  What matters is our relationship with God.  It is about how we walk with Him and how we live a live of obedience.  “Everything that I command you, you shall be careful to do. You shall not add to it or take from it”.  We’ve been given the roadmap for success.  We simply need to follow it!

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