Deuteronomy 15-21- Happy Father's Day!!

How fortunate that we are reading what our Heavenly Father has said to us!

However, there were some strange, or hard things to process in our reading this week, wouldn't you agree?! Like, our reading today, ch.21, whoa, am I right?! 😳

Yet, even if it sounds barbaric, or not applicable today, there are still lessons to learn.  After all, Paul says in his letter to Timothy that "all Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, rebuking, for correcting for training in righteousness" (2 Tim 3:16). Therefore, we can not throw out scripture that makes us uncomfortable as we read.
I have a friend who is a teacher in a Christian elementary school.  She has the privilege to get to teach the Bible to her students daily.  She teaches her students to look for the "Timeless Truths" in what they read.  I love that!
So, what were some timeless truths you found even in scriptures you found to be uncomfortable?

One timeless truth that stood out to me was the instruction given to all future "kings" of Israel.  Yeah, believe it or not, I applied it to me because I am in that royal line! (Galatians 3:26-29, 4:6) I took my place in God's royalty when I put my faith in Jesus, becoming the daughter of the King!

"When he takes the throne of his kingdom, he is to write for himself on a scroll a copy of the law...It is to be with him, and he is to read it all the days of his life 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 fellow Israelites and turn from the law." (Deut. 17:19-20)

So, when I read the above verse, I read it like, every believer needs to get themselves a "copy of the law" (get a Bible) and read it "all the days of our life"!  Yes, reading every day does teach us to "revere the Lord" and how to live a life that is pleasing to him.
To be clear, we are not under the law as in Old Testament days, in order to be righteous. Through Christ, we are righteous! But, his Word is still "useful for teaching, rebuking, and training in righteousness."

I am reminded how the psalmist said, "Your word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path." (Psalm 119:105). That is still true today!  God's inerrant Word is still for us today to use in a culture where paths get murky and difficult to navigate.  Using His Word illuminates our path of how to stand on certain issues.  We are not to say, "Well, I feel this is right",  rather, we are to be able to say, "According to scripture,...such and such is right."
It is impossible to be able to say the latter, without knowing scripture.  That is why God wants us, royal sons and daughters, to read it "all the days of our lives"!

That's a good take away from the reading and a great timeless truth!
I would love to hear a timeless truth that stood out to you!


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