Based in St. Cloud, Minnesota, Growing in Grace is a blog by Pastor Matthew Molesky. His posts explore the Bible, theology, ecclesiology, culture, books, family, and life.

We Need To Hear It Again

scripture-and-picture-deuteronomy-10-21-ken-smith Ever been afraid of being repetitive when trying to teach someone? You know, maybe you'll offend them, because you've said it over and over.

God has no such fears or concern.

It was so clear as I read his prophet speak to his people this morning:

Hold fast to the LORD your God...(Deut. 4:4)

...take care, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. (Deut. 4:9)

Therefore, watch yourselves very carefully...(Deut. 4:15)

...beware lest you act corruptly..(Deut. 4:16)

...and beware...(Deut. 4:19)

Take care, lest you forget the covenant of the LORD your God...(Deut. 4:23)

All of these strong, repetitive reminders in relationship to Yahweh, and his great act of salvation - through signs, power, wonders, and marvels - for his people, rescuing them from Egypt. It was so important, that for generation after generation, they kept telling this one story, again and again.

I think we tire of such reminders. We feel like we get it already, and we don't need to keep hearing it. I wonder if the Israelites felt that way.

But warnings from God guarantee the danger being warned about is real.

Beware. I am in danger of forgetting. Of thinking I get it already. But I know that I need to be reminded of the marvel and wonder of God's even greater act of salvation - through Jesus Christ. The marvel of it. The wonder of it. The incarnation - the Son of God made flesh! - and the life. His submission to death on that cross. His unparalleled  resurrection. His incomparable ascension.

How could it ever get old to hear this simple but matchless story again and again?

My dear friend...Take care, hold fast, and remember.

Lest you forget.

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