The reading for today is Deuteronomy 9:17.
17 “So I took the two tablets and threw them out of my hands, breaking them to pieces before your eyes.”
This verse from Deuteronomy is a part of the story of the Israelites being led out of Egypt by Moses. God had established a covenant with them and promised them a land of their own. For God saving the Israelites he expected that the Israelites would honor him, keep his name holy and have no other God’s. The Israelites were human and therefore unable to keep their part of the relationship with God. At every turn during the 40-year journey they rebelled, complained or slipped in the relationship with God. Moses went up onto mountain at Horeb during the journey to pray and intercede with God on the Israelites behalf. He was on the mountain in worship for 40 days and during this time the Israelites designed and cast a calf out of gold to lead them. God was mad enough at this time to threaten Moses that he would destroy them for this affront. Moses was a great leader and again asked God for forgiveness for the people.
When Moses threw down the tablets that were the embodiment of the covenant God established with people it was to signify that “enough was enough” rebellion from the people. God’s forgiveness was wearing thin. This verse should be a warning to us. We need to honor God, respect his promise of grace and realize that even though he paid the price for that grace long ago, we need to honor that grace with our actions today to follow his decrees. If we honor God with our actions, we will spread his word in our world and help those around us to see the way to salvation.
Let us pray: Heavenly Father help us to be faithful to your ways today, tomorrow and forever. Let my actions honor and promote your ways to those people who may not be aware of your goodness and the promises of following you. Amen
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Pray That we don’t turn away from God like the Israelites did so often.