DCLM Daily Manna 20 January 2023
KEY VERSE: (Deuteronomy 5:1) = “And Moses called all Israel, and said unto them, Hear, O Israel, the statutes and judgments which I speak in your ears this day, that ye may learn them, and keep, and do them.”
TEXT: Deuteronomy 5:1-9 (KJV)
And Moses called all Israel, and said unto them, Hear, O Israel, the statutes and judgments which I speak in your ears this day, that ye may learn them, and keep, and do them.
2 The Lord our God made a covenant with us in Horeb.
3 The Lord made not this covenant with our fathers, but with us, even us, who are all of us here alive this day.
4 The Lord talked with you face to face in the mount out of the midst of the fire,
5 (I stood between the Lord and you at that time, to shew you the word of the Lord: for ye were afraid by reason of the fire, and went not up into the mount;) saying,
6 I am the Lord thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.
7 Thou shalt have none other gods before me.
8 Thou shalt not make thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the waters beneath the earth:
9 Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me,
Communication practice and theory teach that repeating and re-echoing events and messages when done in the right way, adds emphasis, aids understanding of the message and prolongs its effects. Good repetition has been described as a powerful tool that can be used to make your audience develop interest or believe in your words. Although not many people want to repeat what they have previously said, most famous sayings and speeches contain repetitions.
As a God-ordained minister and leader, Moses would not shy away from reminding the children of Israel of the statutes (laws) and judgments (precepts) that have been previously given to them by God in Horeb. He also reminded them that they were a people of covenant with God.
First, Moses reiterated that the statutes, judgments and covenants were meant for the people of his time lest they come under the illusion that these things applied only to previous generations.
He reminded them of their great deliverance from Egypt and the lifelong divine decree against idolatry. In all, he emphasized the need for the Israelites to learn, keep and do God’s commandment in order to escape divine judgment.
Today’s society is characterized by flagrant disobedience to God’s commandments. Idolatry, immorality, avarice, violent crimes, anti-God policies, mere religiosity and other vices are spreading fast. Attempts are constantly made to stop the spread of God’s word and righteous preachers from re-echoing the all-important message of righteousness. At best, many would have wished a society without the statutes and judgments of God. Yet we know that a world without God’s word is groping in absolute darkness.
The Lord wants every child of His to learn, keep His commandments and rehearse it for others. Salvation through Christ’s atoning sacrifice, heart purification, baptism in the Holy Ghost and consistent Christian living must be repeated at every opportunity.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Learning God’s word is good, doing it is better.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Exodus 12-16
Thank you for studying today’s Daily Manna – Learn and Keep – by Pastor W.F Kumuyi
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Daily Manna 20 January 2023