A new book! 🙂 It’s always exciting to look at the reading for the day and see that we are entering a new book! I know my husband was excited to be finished with Leviticus and Numbers. It does get cumbersome. Imagine how the Israelites felt! They were the ones who had to DO all of that stuff!
It means “second law” and rather than read commentaries that tell me why it means “second law” I’m going to read Deuteronomy and then hopefully, see why it’s called that and not, let’s say “Moses summarizes the journey.” That’s what it seems like thus far.
However, in between the summary, I read something that I wish people of our society could get a hold of. When Moses was recapping, he talked about the men he appointed over the tribes and about the judges.
Deuteronomy 1: 16 At the same time I gave orders to your judges: “Listen carefully to complaints and accusations between your fellow Israelites. Judge fairly between each person and his fellow or foreigner.17 Don’t play favorites; treat the little and the big alike; listen carefully to each. Don’t be impressed by big names. This is God’s judgment you’re dealing with. Hard cases you can bring to me; I’ll deal with them.”
I have to say it is refreshing to hear someone say “Don’t be impressed by big names” because today, that’s what people are impressed by. In the world, people are just famous for being famous. I’m ashamed to say that in the church people are famous for the gifts they have.
Gifts are free. If they were not free, they would be called “things I’ve earned” but we don’t earn gifts. People that are “super spiritual” are just as gifted as the person sitting beside them. Everybody has gifts. So, why do we place people on a pedestal and worship them like the are God because they are gifted? Just because they are gifted does not mean that they are mature. Maturity takes some walking through. It takes humility.
Gifts are free but character costs something.
Examine this all too familiar scenario: Let’s say we elevate one who is gifted. The gifted cannot handle the adoration because of spiritual immaturity. They themselves were too focused on their gift and neglected to work on their character. They sin. They are ripped off the pedestal and reprimanded publically. The church points her finger at the gifted one and says that the gifted one’s ministry was all a sham. Many people feel jilted. The news media has a heyday with the information that yet another Christian is a hypocrite. The gifted one turns from the the church. After that, the gifted one makes the choice to turn to the Father or away from the Father.
This can be avoided! Let us not worship the gift, but worship the Giver of all good gifts. Let us treat each other with the same respect, not caring about names or titles, but only what the Spirit is doing.
–Stepping down from my soapbox, thank you for indulging me–
I realize that Moses was talking about judges, but I think this idea of celebrity reaches far.
Lord, help me to see what you are doing. Help me not to be swayed by the sparkly persona of anyone either in the church or outside the church. Help me to do what you asked and to “honor all” not just a few. Help me to love you most of all.