“Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Go to Pharaoh, for I have hardened his heart and the hearts of his officials so that I may perform these miraculous signs of mine among them that you may tell your children and grandchildren how I dealt harshly with the Egyptians and how I performed my signs among them, and that you may know that I am the Lord.’” (Exodus 10:1-2)
God’s mighty historical acts of salvation are not performed in every generation. Each generation has the responsibility to share historical memories with the next. Such confession keeps the power of God’s acts alive among the people and helps each generation know God.
Israel’s strong educational tradition is woven like a golden thread through the pages of the Old Testament. Even before the Exodus, Moses was reminded of the importance of telling future generations the story of God’s mighty acts. In every generation, what God does in the lives of His people should become a part of the spiritual heritage passed on to children and grandchildren.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, You still call people to seek out and find via archaeological means, things that affirm and confirm what is already found in your Word. This to remind each of us, that You are our God and that we need to continually reveal Your truth to our children and grandchildren, about You and that we are to serve You and Your will in the way we live out lives in our service for You. In honor of our relationship with You and Your Son Christ Jesus, we pray that we will always remember all that You have taught us. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Do you want more out of life than simply existing; call upon the One who will take us to new heights than we ever thought possible.”
“The Lord said to Moses, ‘Come up to me on the mountain and stay here and I will give you the tablets of stone, with the law and commands I have written for their instruction,’” (Exodus 24:12)
“Law” and “instruction” grow out of the same root Hebrew word. “Teaching” (Hebrew – Torah) originally denoted religious instruction in general but later referred especially to the Law as it appears in the first five book of the Old Testament (aka the Pentateuch, which was the Greek name of the Torah).
The Law given to Moses is not merely the subject matter of his teaching, but is a direct expression of he mind of God, the Law (Torah) itself being regarded as a teacher. In a similar sense, the Bible serves as teacher for the people of God today, and until the end of time.
“This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘Ask the priests what the law says: If a person carries consecrated meat in the fold of his garment, and that fold touches some bread or stew, some wine, oil or other food, does it become consecrated?’ The priests answered, ‘No.” Then Haggai said, ‘If a person defiled by contact with a dead body touches one of these things, does it become defiled?’ ‘Yes,’ the priests replied, ‘it becomes defiled.’” (Haggai 2:11-13)
Haggai the prophet asked the priests to clarify the written Law. God’s people will always need teachers who can translate the written Word of God into understanding for contemporary hearers.
Priests had authority to seek God’s will in disputed questions either through interpreting the authoritative Law or using Urim and Thummin. God used a priestly answer or oracle as the springboard for His revelation to His prophet.
SECOND THOUGHT of the DAY:
“True instruction was in his mouth and nothing false was found on his lips. He walked with me in peace and uprightness and turned many from sin. For the lips of a priest ought to preserve knowledge, and from his mouth he is the messenger of he Lord Almighty. But you have turned from the way and by your teaching have caused many to stumble; you have violated the covenant with Levi’” (Malachi 2:6-8)
Every teacher of the Word of God has something in common with the priests of Israel, who bore primary responsibility for teaching the people. As the accuracy and soundness of their instruction.
When they carry out their teaching duties faithfully, they will have an impact on the behavior of individuals and on the moral standards of the community.