God Is Number One!
Deuteronomy 6; Patriarchs and Prophets, pp. 462-468
God is worthy of our worship.
“You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things” (Revelation 4:11).
Have you ever moved to a new town or a new school? Before you got there, what questions did you have? Were you dreaming about your new room?
In this story, the Israelite people have spent a lifetime living in tents. But now they are at the border of the Promised Land, waiting for the order to pack up and move in. Moses wishes he was going too.
For 40 years God had used Moses to lead these people. He had led them through all kinds of dangers. God had blessed Moses and performed wonderful miracles through him. The Red Sea had parted to let the people go across. And the waters had returned just in time to save them from the Egyptian army.
Once, in anger, Moses used his rod to strike a rock, and pure drinking water had poured out. Moses regretted striking that rock. He knew that God had said that speaking would be enough. Because he disobeyed, Moses would not cross over into the new land. He must say goodbye to the people this side of the Jordan.
At first Moses pleaded with God.
“Sovereign Lord,” “Let me go over and see the good land.” But God spoke plainly.
“That is enough. Do not speak to me anymore about this matter” (Deuteronomy 3:24-26).
Moses accepted what God wanted. Then God made an offer to ease the old man’s disappointment. “Go up to the top of Pisgah and” “look at the land . . . ,” God said, “since you are not going to cross this Jordan” (Deuteronomy 3:27). Sadly Moses stood watching the tents of Israel. His beloved people were just waking up. Many of them were wildly excited about crossing the Jordan River, but some were afraid. Moses shook his head, and a little smile grew on his lips. This had to be the most stubborn group of people in the world. And he loved them—every one!
Then God’s loving whisper showed Moses what to do. He must write a book. That book has become the fifth book of the Bible, which we call Deuteronomy. In this book he would write about God’s miracles and love and leading. He would include the Ten Commandments. And give a message to help the people stay true to their Forever Friend.
Moses knew that the Lord was about to give them cities already built. He was going to give them houses full of good things. The Lord would provide wells of water for them that they had not dug. And vineyards and olive trees they had not planted. All the Lord 47asked was that they love Him. But the children of Israel could easily forget where these blessings had come from, Moses knew.
“Remember to love the Lord with all your heart and soul and strength,” he wanted to shout. If they would only do that! If only they would tell others, the people could remember God. The children would grow up to know Him—if they would keep telling God’s story. Over and over they must tell it. They must talk about the Lord and praise Him every day! At home. At work. When they were traveling. And when they were resting. That was the key. And it was so simple.
Keep loving God; keep telling His story. And that is what God asks of us today. Keep loving Him and keep telling others about our wonderful God.