Daily D – Deuteronomy 13:4
Deuteronomy 13:4 It is the Lord your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him.
We dined at a highly-regarded restaurant in Park City, Utah a few nights ago. The woman who was directing traffic among those with reservations, those who walked in, and those who escorted diners to their tables had a full arm tattoo of intricate and delicate drawings. Her pleasant demeanor and focus on every person she spoke to leads one to believe she has interesting stories to tell. However, she was too busy that evening to ask.
In Michael Connelly’s Bosch novels, Bosch as a young man had the words Hold Fast tattooed across his fingers. He did so because an older military man he admired had these words tattooed on his fingers. Read the novels to see how he went about removing those tattoos years later.
This Bible passage is not about tattoos. However, if you were ever going to tattoo something on your fingers, you could certainly do worse than HOLD FAST. It would give you an opportunity to explain this Bible verse. HOLD FAST to Jesus.
Who is your favorite Bible teacher or preacher? If you have been a Christian for a while, you probably have a few you enjoy more than others. So do I. Remember, however, “It is the Lord your God you must follow, and him you must revere.”
What does this mean? Never esteem a preacher, a teacher, or a scholar in the same manner you esteem Jesus. Make sure your favorite teachers always point to Jesus, not to themselves. If your favorite preacher is the star of his or her own show and draws all people to him or her, he or she is doing it wrong. Badly wrong. Dangerously wrong.
This passage is about false prophets. Read verses 1-5 and see God’s solution for such teachers back in the day Israel was moving into the Promised Land.
This does not mean you are to go gather up the people you consider heretics and burn them at the stake. This does not mean you get to say mean things about preachers and teachers and scholars on social media even though there are plenty indeed who play this game.
The Big Idea in this text is to know and experience God for yourself. Have a firsthand faith. Know what God says. Do what God says. Trust him completely. Question anyone who tells you something different. HOLD FAST.
In the Life Younique discipleship toolkit we use Two-Word Technology to help people declare their One Thing. My two words are Maximizing Dreams. Holding Fast would make a good One Thing.
Fresh snow has fallen overnight. We have a free day to rest and explore before packing up and heading home. It is still quiet here in our room. Most people are still asleep. The rush will begin soon as ski boots stomp and excited voices fill the air.
What does your day look like? Here is an invitation to HOLD FAST to Jesus no matter what comes your way. One Thing more: If you are worried you might lose your grip on Jesus, remember what he said about HOLDing Fast in John 10:28-30:
“I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.”
If you belong to Jesus, you will always belong to Jesus. Hold fast to his wisdom and instructions for life. He will hold you in what Max Lucado calls the Grip of His Grace.
I will hold fast to Jesus and his words of truth and life.
Our Father, thank you for holding onto me. Your grip is better than mine. Empower me to hold fast to your words of truth and life, to do what you say. Thank you for the grip of your grace. Amen.
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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.