Deuteronomy has been proving to be a fruitful study in my life and the life of the ladies going through it with me. How good God is to give us such a book-a reminder of truth for a new generation, to ensure that they knew their God, and what was expected for relationship with Him. The fact that we have Deuteronomy in the Bible is marvelous and points to the mercy and grace of God. And we can learn much from them and what God expects in relationship with Him.
Moses spends time recalling the history of the Children of Israel, weaving in commandments, and then admonishing them to obey Him. Yes, there is a repetitive nature to the book, but how many other ways can Moses tell them to obey? There are only so many synonyms to the word obey. 🙂 As you read the book, however, you begin to understand the flow and appreciate it.
One of the commands that I’ve been meditating on has to do with eyes and ears. A great distinction is made between what they perceived with their eyes. They are admonished to remember all that they saw the Lord do and use those memories to bolster their faith for later battles. Their eyes were to be used to strengthen their faith in their powerful and able God.
They also receive warnings, however about their eyes. And here is where I need to park this post. I have been marveling at the command, to NOT worship what their eyes see as they come into the land. They are reminded in Deuteronomy 4 that they saw no form when God spoke to them at Horeb, so they need to guard themselves from worshipping anything with shape-celestial bodies or any animal forms. This would make them distinct from the nations around them who worshipped idols who had actual form and shape, carved out of wood or stone, crafted by people.
So too with us, our eyes can be used for God’s glory or as a tool to drag us down into sin. The very first sin recorded in Scripture involves the eyes.
Genesis 3:6. So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.
This should serve as a needful admonishment to guard what you put in front of your eyes. We will become like what we put in front of us. So what are you setting before your eyes?
Driving this home in my everyday life, how much am I on my phone, mindlessly scrolling, taking in stimulus through my eyes? What type of comparisons do I make between myself and another person based on the data I perceive with my eyes? How quick am I to jump to wrong conclusions because I only had a glimpse into the whole story? Or, why do I covet? Because I saw something and now want it.
So what’s the answer?
The same thing it always is, more of Jesus and less of me. More of the Word and less of my desire to relax and veg. A greater appreciation for the commandments of God and desire to bring my life under them.
How can you use your eyes to bring in the Lord, and guard them from all other stimulus. Remember that you cannot un-see something that you have seen, so be careful little eyes what you see. Do you want to have to sort through those images when you’re praying or reading your Bible? Do you want to fight for mental control over things you brought in because you were just bored? It’s not worth it. Make the choice for the Lord, and put Him before your eyes, in His rightful place.
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