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This week's verses are taken from the Pentateuch - the only scriptures I knew much, if at all, until a dozen years ago.
Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach. It is not up in heaven, so that you have to ask, "Who will ascend into heaven to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?" Nor is it beyond the sea, so that you have to ask, "Who will cross the sea to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?" No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it. Deuteronomy 30:11-14
Looking forward to hearing what you have come up with. My thoughts are below.
I don't know about you, but I have a LOT of Bibles. I have one that lives in my car. There are a couple others in our finished basement, another on my nightstand, and yet another in the dining room, in the "take to church pile." And that doesn't even count the ones we have in the library. So, in a very literal sense Deuteronomy 14a is true for me - the word is very near me.
But I really don't think that is what God meant when he moved Moses to pen those words as the Israelites were preparing to enter the Promised Land. No - He had just given His people a list of rules and true stories - a canon that would eventually become the Pentateuch. They were to come out of their mouths, and live in their hearts.
But we have an even more amazing benefit, this side of the Cross. Not only do we have the Word of God near us; we have the Word Incarnate - the Word made Flesh, near AND in us. We don't have to ascend to heaven to reach Him, nor cross the sea to know what He wants from us.
Jesus--our "Bible" in human form--is a part of every believer. And all WE must do is obey.
Thanks for reading! Hope you'll share your own thoughts, and read other contributors' posts below.
Just FYI - there will be no Monday Manna the first Monday in April, as it is the day after Easter. See you back here the third Monday of that month!
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