The Importance of Scripture
Daily Bible Reading – Deuteronomy 16-18; Psalm 38; Galatians 2
Today’s Key Passage – Deuteronomy 17:14-20
Before entering the Promised Land, Moses took some time to speak to the Israelites and his addresses are chronicled in the book of Deuteronomy. In today’s reading, Moses spoke to his people about the Passover, the Feast of Weeks, the Feast of Tabernacles, appointing judges, and worshiping other gods. In addition, in our key passage today he spoke to them about appointing a king. God did not really want the Israelites to appoint a king because they already had a king – God. However, God knew that eventually the Israelites were going to want to have a king because all of the other nations had one, so He decided to provide them with some guidelines they should follow in appointing that king. In His list of guidelines, he tells the Israelites to make sure the king was a person chosen by God. The king should be another Israelite (as opposed to someone from a foreign land). Moreover, the king should not be allowed to build up a large army, should not amass great wealth, and should not take many wives as these things would lead him away from God. (We will find out later in the book of 1 Kings that Israel did not exactly follow this advice and it ultimately led to massive problems, but that is a topic for another day). Then God gives the Israelites one more command regarding their king. He says that the king should, “write for himself on a scroll a copy of this law, taken from that of the priests, who are Levites. It is to be with him, and he is to read it all the days of his life”.
Of course, in today’s terms God is telling the king to get a Bible and read it every day. Why is this important? Why did God want the king to read the Bible every day? God answers this question by saying that he should read the Bible daily, “so that he may learn to revere the LORD his God and follow carefully all the words of this law and these decrees and not consider himself better than his brothers and turn from the law to the right or to the left.” It was important to God that the king of His people read the Bible daily. He wanted the king to learn about Him and to follow Him. He wanted the king to humble himself before his God. He wanted to build a relationship with the king. Does it not stand to reason that if we asked God, he would tell us the very same thing today?
The fact is that God wants us to read the Bible daily. His Word is the absolute best way to get to know Him. It is the best way to learn to follow Him. In 2 Timothy 3:16-17, Paul tells us that, “all Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” Sadly, so many Christians have trouble getting into God’s Word on a daily basis. When I was first saved, I knew that I should read the Bible every day, but I hardly ever did anything about it. I made excuses not to read the Bible – I would think, “I am too busy”, “I have too much going on at work today”, or “I am traveling this week” and I would justify my choices to myself. Fortunately, God made me realize that my thinking was flawed. I was trying to give Him whatever time I had left over from all of my other activities, instead of putting Him first. When I finally made a conscious effort to start reading the Bible on a daily basis, a new world opened up to me. I felt myself getting closer and closer to God. I began to feel His presence with me and I started to “hear” his voice guiding me in my life. It was one of the best decisions I have ever made, and I hope it is one you will make too. If you are already reading the Bible daily, keep going. Keep pressing closer and closer to God. If you are having trouble reading His Word on a daily basis, make it a priority even if that means you need to wake up earlier or go to bed later. If you are waiting until you can find the time to read the Bible, it will never happen. You have to make the time. Whether you follow along with our daily reading plan or you find a different one that will work better for you, get into God’s word daily. I promise you will love the results.
During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you? Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.
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