Read Deuteronomy 25, 26; Psalms 56; John 19.
When the New Testament writers referred to “the Law of Moses,” they were thinking of the first five books of the Bible; we know this as the Pentateuch and the Torah. These words written by Moses many hundreds of years before were considered sacred, and the faithful Jews were careful to observe them. We can see 25:5-10 fleshed out in Chapter 4 of the book of Ruth. It may seem strange to us, but this was the Lord’s way of preserving the name of every man in every tribe. Naomi knew this statute well and advised her daughter-in-law Ruth to apply to her kinsman Boaz for protection. That Ruth was a pagan from Moab demonstrates God’s adoption of those whose hearts are wholly His. The traditions of the Jewish elders excluded Gentiles from the family of God, but God had first refusal and accepted Ruth. And how remarkable is it that Ruth became the great-grandmother of King David, the ancestor of our Savior Jesus Christ? God’s love is wider and higher and deeper than we can even imagine.
The tithe of the First Fruits described in Chapter 26 was to be a reminder to the people that the Promised Land was indeed given to them as a gift from God. Remembrance is the theme here, too. “I have not…forgotten any of Thy commandments.” (26:13.) From time to time we also need to take a look back at where we have come from and think about all of God’s goodness to us and be careful to give Him praise and thanksgiving. The Apostle Peter was struck with verses 18 and 19 of Chapter 16 and included this amazing truth in his first letter. (I Peter 2:9-10.) We are a consecrated people, holy to the Lord. Hallelujah!
Prayer: Great God of glory, the wisdom of your plan for those you call your own is greater than anything the world has to offer. Help me today to live in the light of your love. Amen.