(Optional Reading: Deuteronomy 4:39-40)
I don’t know about you, but I believe in a God that is logical. Throughout the Bible, God has set up different guidelines and put forward words of wisdom that can logically help us within our day to day lives. Deuteronomy 4:39-40 is one of the passages that we see the logic of God coming through.
Before we get to far into this, it should be said, we must always understand the context of the scripture we are reading. As my old college professor would say, “You must always remember that you are reading someone else’s mail.” We must acknowledged that this was written to ancient Israel and not written to modern day America (or wherever you are reading this from). As we understand this truth, we open ourselves us to truly discover what God might have for us in the passage.
Today’s optional reading shows us two things that we shouldn’t miss. First, the author declares the God is the only God. This point doesn’t require much explanation. This is something God declares from the very beginning of the Bible. It is something that requires faith. We cannot 100% prove or disprove God’s existence. As a Christian, we believe as Deuteronomy states that God is the only God.
The second thing our passage shows us the logic of God. It states:
“Keep the Lord’s regulations and his commandments. I’m commanding them to you today for your well-being and for the well-being of your children after you, so that you may extend your time on the fertile land that the Lord your God is giving you forever.”
As I stated before, we are reading someone else’s mail. As Christian’s we don’t believe that all of God’s Old Testament laws from the torah still apply to us today. The commands of God have taken on the commands of Jesus. When Jesus’ was asked what the most important law of Gd was, he stated,
“‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being, and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: You must love your neighbor as you love yourself.” (Matthew 22:37-39)
Here is where the logic of God begins to come together. When we begin to follow the command of God, we begin to live a life that is loving and respectful to everyone. As we live a life of love and respect we begin to establish a legacy of Christ-like living that impacts the world around us. Further, it begins to establish a life that sets an example for the generations after us. This is the logic of God. God’s commands impact us, which impact the world, which impact the future generations.
May we go today and live and continue the logic of God in your community.
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those
who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial,
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours,
now and forever.