Proverbs 30 4-30-18

We “interpret” God’s Word by the way we live. Be careful to interpret it correctly…

Proverbs 30:5-6 Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. [6] Do not add to his words, or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar.

Learning to live the life God wants us to live, one of love and community, freedom and justice, walking in righteousness and being like Him (godly), is spelled out in God’s Word. In the beginning, it was a verbal command (Gen. 1:28-30, 2:16-17). Then it was written down (Ex. 20:1-17). Moses explained it like this:

Deuteronomy 4:1-2 Hear now, O Israel, the decrees and laws I am about to teach you. Follow them so that you may live and may go in and take possession of the land that the LORD, the God of your fathers, is giving you. [2] Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the LORD your God that I give you.

It’s important or us to take God at His Word, literally, and be obedient to what He says in His Word, neither adding to it nor subtracting from it. When Jesus said that the Spirit would remind us of everything He had said (John 14:26), He meant EVERY Word written and spoken by God either through the Scriptures or through Jesus, Who IS the Word (John 1:1-2). Our lives reflect whether we believe Him or not.

Have you ever wondered what God’s purpose was–and still is–for Israel? It’s in the same chapter as above; it has been extended to all Christians today:

Deuteronomy 4:5-14 See, I have taught you decrees and laws as the LORD my God commanded me, so that you may follow them in the land you are entering to take possession of it. [6] Observe them carefully, for this will show your wisdom and understanding to the nations, who will hear about all these decrees and say, “Surely this great nation [people] is a wise and understanding people.” [7] What other nation is so great as to have their gods near them the way the LORD our God is near us whenever we pray to him? [8] And what other nation is so great as to have such righteous decrees and laws as this body of laws I am setting before you today [His laws/ways/commands are written on our hearts! (Heb. 10:16)]?

[9] Only be careful [be vigilant and sober-minded (1 Peter 4:7, 5:8)], and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.

We have our marching orders; let’s get in step with Him and walk with Him all day!

NOTE: I included the rest of the passage because it is so interesting!

[10] Remember the day you stood before the LORD your God at Horeb, when he said to me, “Assemble the people before me to hear my words so that they may learn to revere me as long as they live in the land and may teach them to their children.” [11] You came near and stood at the foot of the mountain while it blazed with fire to the very heavens, with black clouds and deep darkness. [12] Then the LORD spoke to you out of the fire. You heard the sound of words but saw no form; there was only a voice. [13] He declared to you his covenant, the Ten Commandments, which he commanded you to follow and then wrote them on two stone tablets. [14] And the LORD directed me at that time to teach you the decrees and laws you are to follow in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess.

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