Deuteronomy 4:1,5-9 ● Matthew 5:17-19
Pay attention: I’m teaching you the rules and regulations that GOD commanded me, so that you may live by them in the land you are entering to take up ownership. Keep them.
Practice them. You’ll become wise and understanding. When people hear and see what’s going on, they’ll say, “What a great nation! So wise, so understanding! We’ve never seen anything like it.”
Just make sure you stay alert. Keep close watch over yourselves. Don’t forget anything of what you’ve seen. Don’t let your heart wander off. Stay vigilant as long as you live.
Moses had been teaching the Israelites the ten commandments, along with many others that were given as regulations to guide the community to live with justice and wisdom. He reminds them that now that they know them, they have to be faithful to them, practice them diligently, and pass them onto the next generations. There’s no reason they will need to re-invent the wheel from generation to generation, because the teachings are there for them. It will save the people a lot of grief if they’ll simply practice them and teach others to practice them.
Is there a commandment, rule, or regulation that is life-giving for you but from which we’ve been slacking in adherence?
Prayerfully re-commit yourself to it now. Tell a friend or loved one of your resolve as a way to ask for accountability.
Reprinted with permission. For more information about this booklet and Bible translation, please see TheMessageCatholic.com.