每日诗歌: 我的神 我的父 我的磐石 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-wNMU4v2oc)
申命记的独特标志之一，是摩西向以色列民称呼神的方式 -- 耶和华你的神。这个词在这一卷书中就出现了263次，而在圣经的其他65卷书中总共出现了165次。数据为自己说话。摩西在他离世前肯定是在特别强调这点。一旦他们进入应许之地，会有许多神。在得了“流奶与蜜”之地以后，他们会有肉体和属灵的争战。最重要的事是要他们牢记他们属于谁。“你今日认耶和华为你的神，应许遵行他的道......并且耶和华今日照祂所应许你的，也认你为祂的子民”（申命记26:17-18）。这是一个多么美妙的时刻。
Deuteronomy 26 [Read]
Deuteronomy 27 [Read]
Mark 15:1-26 [Read]
The possessive form of pronouns is important in the Bible, for they elegantly convey a sense of intimacy no other expression can compare. “The Lord is MY shepherd, and I shall not want”. God is not just the almighty God, or the great shepherd, or even the Lord. He is my shepherd, and that’s why I shall not want. “I will be your God, and you will be my people”. The center of God’s covenant with the Israelites is a vow of mutual belonging. The people are his, and that’s why they are not to have any other gods before the Lord. That’s why he is a jealous God. He is jealous, not for wanting to control due to insecurity, but in vowing to not allow anyone to take away those under his protection. Such is the true meaning of the possessive form of pronouns.
One unique mark of Deuteronomy is the way Moses addressed God to the Israelites – the Lord your God. This phrase appeared 263 times in this book compared to a total of 168 from all the other 65 books of the Bible. The data speaks for itself. Moses was definitely making a strong point before his departure. There would be many gods once Israelites entered the Promised Land, and there would be physical and spiritual battles after they claimed the land “flowing with milk and honey”. The utmost important thing for them to keep in mind was to whom they belonged. “You have declared this day that the Lord is your God and that you will walk in his ways… And the Lord has declared this day that you are his people, his treasured possession as he promised” (Dt 26:17-18). It was a beautiful moment.
Possession is indeed an important thing, but it’s not in the sense that the world teaches us. Whatever we possess in this life we will have to give them all away at the end, for we can’t bring any with us when we die. However, faith we can bring. We can enter eternity knowing that the Lord is our God and we belong to him. He shall not let anything harm us, and we shall never be in want, either this life or next. The thing that really matters in eternity is not who you are but whose you are. Let us all remember that.
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