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Deuteronomy 6:4-9, 12

"There is so much which we can profit by pondering God's words to Israel first, then to us now. The passover prefigured Christ as our Passover, I Corinthians 5:7. The Red Sea experience is likened unto baptism, I Corinthians 10:2. The "spiritual rock that followed them . . . was Christ", I Corinthians 10:4. (see Exodus 17:6, too). Jesus, also, must be smitten in order for the water of life to flow forth to us, John 4:10-11, 14.

    Let's outline our text verses given above:
  • (1) It is given to Israel, 4.
  • (2) He is the one Lord whereas false gods are multiplied in number, 4.
  • (3) The love for the Lord must be of the ultimate sort, 5.
  • (4) The words were to be embedded in the heart, 6.
  • (5) They are to be taught diligently (forcefully, passionately) to the coming generations, 7. In all phases of life they should be talked to about the word, 7.
  • (6) Even objects should remind them, 8.
  • (7) They will be scribed in prominent places, 9.
  • (8) A solemn warning is given lest they forget them in days to come, 12.

  • Some good instances of remembering Jesus' words can be found in the New Testament:

  • (A) When Peter heard the cock crow, Matthew 26:75.
  • (B) The disciples at the empty tomb, Luke 24:1-8.
  • (C) They remember after His resurrection, Luke 24:1-22. They later recalled many things that He had told them.

  • Each one of us who have believed on the Lord Jesus as our Saviour should inspect ourselves to see if:

  • (I) We have forgotten His word to us.
  • (II) Have we had a lapse of memory for a time?
  • (III) Do we have an 'off-again, on-again' type of remembering His words of counsel?
  • (IV ) Are we devoid of the words of counsel in the Bible?

As for us, we can check ourselves. Do we read, hear, take to heart the Scriptures? Do you sense the Spirit is guiding you into all truth, John 16:13? Do you discover that the church IS vital to you as well as to the Lord, Ephesians 5:25: ". . . Christ . . . loved the church, and gave himself for it;". That is how much HE loved it. DDH

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