See, I have taught you statutes and judgments just as the Lord my God commanded me, that you should do thus in the land where you are entering to possess it. “So keep and do them, for that is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples who will hear all these statutes and say, ‘Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.’ “For what great nation is there that has a god so near to it as is the Lord our God whenever we call on Him? Or what great nation is there that has statutes and judgments as righteous as this whole law which I am setting before you today? “Only give heed to yourself and keep your soul diligently, so that you do not forget the things which your eyes have seen and they do not depart from your heart all the days of your life; but make them known to your sons and your grandsons.
In this Scripture passage, Moses is conveying to the people the importance of the Word of God. There are a few lessons that still apply to us today. Let’s examine them from the writings of Moses.
1) We need to learn the Word of God. Studying the Bible should be a daily pursuit for the Christian. Our hearts are dependent on the precepts and principles of the Scriptures and they enable us to lead a life of Godliness and holiness. Christian, commit to read the Word, study the Word, and absorb the Word each day.
2) We need to obey the Word of God. Moses implored the people to not just learn the Scriptures but to obey them diligently. James also reminds us to be a doer of the Word and not a hearer only. (James 1:22) As we learn the Bible, we ought to put it into practice. The teachings of Holy Writ are counter-cultural and lacking in our day. It is up to Believers to demonstrate true Christianity by what we say and do.
3) We need to teach the Word of God. At the end of this passage, Moses pleads with the people to teach their children and grandchildren the truths of Scripture. This teaching is to take place in the Church and in the home in our day. If we don’t pass along the great truths of the Bible to those who are coming after us, who will? Let us teach the Word, live the Word, and example the Word by how live to those around us each day.
Learn the Scriptures, obey the Scriptures, teach the Scriptures. This is the plan for a life that honor’s God. May we go and go likewise!