Note from the Editor: In an effort to stay consistent with our weekly writer’s designated days of the week, we decided to post sweet Loren’s post today, even though it is a day late for #TBT. We do realize it is not Thursday, but for the sake of this post – just go with it. Great words to be read and a challenge as you approach next Thursday.
This doesn’t have much to do with the post other than being an epic #TBT post that Loren so kindly sent our way. This is Loren in kindergarten. “Cute” is a drastic understatement.
We’re taking it way back this ThrowBack Thursday…
“Remember the law of my servant Moses, the statutes and rules that I commanded him at Horeb for all Israel.” Malachi 4:4
Remember – is at the heart of ThrowBack Thursday. God tells us to remember all.the.time (the word appears 166 times in the NIV). He doesn’t want us to forget who He is, what He has done for His people, and what He promises He is doing and will do!
Most of the book of Malachi is about reminding the people of what God will do. And what He has done. Take a minute – or a few – to recall the Ten Commandments – they don’t have to be in a particular order – can you name them all? In our small group (at least three of whom have seminary degrees) we got to 9 of 10 – we missed adultery! This was so convicting. I think I know ‘all of that stuff’ because I grew up in church, and have a Masters of Divinity, but I was reminded that I need to have God’s commands on my heart and in my mind on a regular basis. And not just because of any should or obligation.
The Law (the statutes and rules) – Jesus said he came to fulfill the law, not abolish it. Remembering, and following, the commandments brings freedom and protection in our lives. For me, not coveting protects me from comparison stealing my joy and provides the freedom of focusing on the blessings of what I do have. We need God’s law – we can’t function without it.
Of my servant Moses/that I commanded him – God chose to reveal his commandments through His servant Moses. This tells us that we can receive a word from God via others. This also shows us that God is a relational – and conversational – God. We can’t enjoy God without the body of Christ and non-believers can’t see Jesus in action without the body of Christ. Remembering all of the believers who have gone before us, thanking God that He uses other people to bring glory to Himself, is vital to our faith and Christian walk.
For all Israel – Again, God has people in mind – a whole community. And as Christians, we are a part of that fellowship of believers. God has us in mind – He knows what we need and what we don’t need; what is good for us and what isn’t. As mentioned above, we have a rich heritage. Not only that, but this means that we’re not exempt from or above the law. The commandments apply to us and are just as relevant today as the day that God gave them to Moses on Mount Horeb.
What commandments stand out to you today? How has God brought freedom and protection in your life within the past year through His law? Who of His people has God used to minister to you in the past? Take a minute today to text, e-mail, pick up the phone or even write a little note, thanking someone instrumental in your knowledge and love for God. Make this #TBT count!
About the Author
I’m a part-time working mom of two in my mid-thirties learning to be like Jesus in the big and small dailies in San Francisco. I have a degree in English (Auburn University) and a Masters of Divinity (Golden Gate Seminary). I’m from the South, but not of the South. I’ve traveled to France, Ukraine, and China and, on a regular basis, come in contact with all of those nationalities plus a half a dozen more at the playground seven blocks from the flat we call home. I live in the grace and love of Jesus and live out, as best I know how, that grace and love to others. I beg for God’s kingdom come and His will to be done on earth as it is in heaven – in my corner of the great city of San Francisco, as well as in all the other amazingly beautiful corners of the world – including yours, wherever that may be!