The Beginning of Our History
Daily Bible Reading – Deuteronomy 1,2; Mark 12
Today’s Key Passage – Deuteronomy 1:1-8
When I was a young boy, my parents brought home a video game system for my brother and I to play. I remember logging hours and hours playing games on that old system – games that would seem pretty silly by today’s video game standards. It may sound strange, but one of my favorite parts of that video game system was the reset button. When I would start a game and did not like the direction the game was going, I could simply reach down and press that reset button and I would immediately get to start over and try again. While playing a game, if I made a mistake and went off the beaten path, I always knew that the reset button was there to give me a fresh start. When I read today’s key passage, I thought about that reset button.
At the beginning of the Book of Deuteronomy, the Israelites were poised on the border of the Promised Land. After 40 years of wandering around the desert, they were finally getting ready to enter the land God had promised to give them. Before they entered though, Moses wanted to give the Israelites some advice. He began his first address to the people by recalling the history of the Israelites. Where would this story begin? Moses could have started the story of their history with the exodus from Egypt. Perhaps he could have gone further back and begun the story with how they came to be in Egypt in the first place. In reality, he could have gone back and started the story with the life of Jacob or even Abraham. Instead, Moses began the story at Mount Sinai (also called Mount Horeb). When given the opportunity to recap the history of the Israelites, Moses chose to begin at Mount Sinai. Why? Because it was there at Mount Sinai where God’s covenant with the Israelites began. It was there that God gave them the laws in which they should abide. It was there that God promised to bless the holy nation of Israel, and it was there where the people of Israel promised to obey God’s commands. In that place and at that time, God pressed the reset button on the nation of Israel. In Moses mind, that made it the perfect place to begin his story of the history of Israel.
Roughly 1400 years later, God would once again hit the reset button. He would send His only Son to take away the sins of the world, and he would begin a new covenant with us. He would allow His Son to take the punishment that all men rightly deserve for sin – the punishment of death. Three days later, He would raise His Son from the grave, and His Son would be seated at the right hand of the Father. At the right hand of God, Jesus Christ sits and acts as our High Priest, interceding for us with the Father. When each of us makes the decision to accept Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior, God once again presses the reset button on our history. At that moment, all of the things we have done in the past no longer matter. Our sinfulness, our wickedness, our guilt, and our shame are all washed away in the blood of Christ. At that moment – that moment of salvation – we receive the promise of eternal life. If each of us were to retell the story of our own history, the moment of salvation would be the starting point.
Have you ever wished there could be a reset button on your life? Maybe you have never known Jesus Christ. Maybe you have never started a personal relationship with Him. Maybe you have tried and tried to “live a good life” on your own, but have never truly experienced the life-changing peace that comes in knowing that your eternal salvation is secure, or maybe you have fallen away from God. Maybe you have gotten so far away from Him and so wrapped up in empty things that you do not know how to ever get back. Perhaps you have been trying to “fake it until you make it”, sitting in church every week but never really accepting Christ into your heart. Here is the simple truth – God offers everyone a reset moment. It does not matter where you have been or what you have done. It does not matter what condition you are currently in or how much of the Bible you have read. It does not matter if you were baptized as a child or as an adult. A common misconception is that we need to clean ourselves up first and get our lives in order before we approach Christ, but in reality, He will meet us right where we are. God offers each of us a reset in which we can be seen as perfect in His sight regardless of our pasts. God offers each of us a new beginning of our history.
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