Now, Israel, hear the decrees and laws I am about to teach you. Follow them so that you may live and may go in and take possession of the land the Lord, the God of your ancestors, is giving you. Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the Lord your God that I give you.
Observe them carefully, for this will show your wisdom and understanding to the nations, who will hear about all these decrees and say, “Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.” What other nation is so great as to have their gods near them the way the Lord our God is near us whenever we pray to him? And what other nation is so great as to have such righteous decrees and laws as this body of laws I am setting before you today? – Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-8
Hold on to God’s word. It is your road map for life. God’s word does not change. Yes, mankind changes, because mankind is imperfect. God is perfect, righteous, holy and unchanging. His word is eternal.
In the above text, Moses, who had been the leader of the Israelites for more than 40 years, makes his farewell speech. He reinforces God’s instructions to the people through his law.
He recounts his time with the people and reminds them about the mighty and wonderful God whom they serve. This God is the powerful God who had brought them out of slavery in Egypt and who had kept them during their wilderness journey.
This wonderful God whom many of the people had rejected repeatedly, is still powerful. He reminds them that the God of years past is still as powerful as He was during the wilderness year.
When the people lived in accordance with God’s law, they enjoyed the favor of God. We, too, in these times, enjoy God’s favor when we walk in righteousness.
Moses told the people to follow God’s law in its purity. He implored them to keep God’s law that they neither add to them nor take away from them. “You shall not add to the word that I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God that I command you.”
God’s word is constant. It does not need any improvements.
In our times, we see governments changing state laws, which constantly conflicts with God’s law. Governments do this because they think God’s law needs some improvements or updating.
Unfortunately, it is quite prevalent for the church of our day to add and subtract from God’s word. They embrace evil secular laws which conflict with God’s law.
However, whether we want to accept it or not, God’s word does not need our approval to be true. God is the creator; we are the creatures.
God does not need you, the courts, governments, the church or anyone to update or modernize His word. It is in a language which we all can understand. God’s word stands eternal.
God is a moral God. He was a moral God when He first created mankind and He remains a moral and unchanging God today. God cannot change, morally. Anyone who tells you differently is a liar and does not speak God’s word in its purity.
These are evil times in which we live. The devil is destructive. He is seeking to misdirect you away from God’s word. He tries to make you feel that you are right in your wrong.
But remember, God’s word is your benchmark. God’s word stands for truth. It is firm and never changes. You can rely upon it. It is the only thing that is forever and unchanging. Amen.
• Rev. Samuel M. Boodle, pastor at the Lutheran Church of Nassau, 119 John F. Kennedy Drive, can be reached at P.O. Box N 4794, Nassau, Bahamas; or telephone: 426-9084; E-mail: email@example.com; website: www.nassaulutheranchurch.org.