Posted by Rabbi Judah on Wednesday, February 1, 2017
"I call the heavens and the earth to witness about you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Therefore choose life so that you and your descendants may live.” Deuteronomy 30:19
The 2nd law of thermodynamics says that disorder increases over time unless it is interrupted. Not only is that true physically, it is also true spiritually. Left to ourselves, our fleshly nature wars against the Spirit to pull us in the direction of spiritual disorder. “For the flesh sets its desire against the Ruach, but the Ruach sets its desire against the flesh—for these are in opposition to one another, so that you cannot do what you want.” Galatians 5:17
Moses called each generation of Israelites to affirm their allegiance to God. The Exodus generation dedicated themselves to God at Mount Sinai (Exodus 24) and the 2nd generation was called to do the same (Deuteronomy). Moses then instructed Joshua to lead Israel to rededicate themselves to the Covenant before they settled the Promised Land. Joshua 8:30 – 35 “Then Joshua built an altar to Adonai, God of Israel, on Mount Ebal, as Moses the servant of Adonai had commanded Bnei-Yisrael, as written in the scroll of the Torah of Moses, an altar of uncut stones on which no man had wielded any iron tool. They offered on it burnt offerings to Adonai and sacrificed fellowship offerings. There on the stones he wrote a copy of the Torah of Moses, which he had written, in the presence of Bnei-Yisrael. Then all Israel, with their elders and officials, and their judges, were standing on both sides of the ark facing the Levitical kohanim carrying the ark of the covenant of Adonai—the outsider as well as the native-born. Half of them stood in front of Mount Gerizim and half of them in front of Mount Ebal—just as Moses the servant of Adonai had commanded before—in order to bless the people of Israel. Then afterward he read all the words of the Torah—the blessing and the curse—according to all that is written in the book of the Torah. There was not a word of all that Moses commanded that Joshua did not read before all the assembly of Israel, including the women and the little ones and the outsiders walking among them.” And after their expansion inside the Promised Land, they rededicate themselves again (Joshua 24).
Why don’t you rededicate yourself to God; and decide to love and obey Him in everything from now on?