• William T. Howe Ph.D.

March 4, 2021

Daily Reading: Deuteronomy 14-16

Deuteronomy 15:15

And thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in the land of Egypt, and the LORD thy God redeemed thee: therefore I command thee this thing to day.

There are some things that we must remember not to forget. For Israel, today's verse contains one of them. Evidently Almighty God did not want Israel to forget that they were slaves in Egypt before He redeemed them. After all, no less than 9 times the Lord has reminded them to remember where it was that they came from, where they were when God redeemed them, where they were when they saw God's strong arm of deliverance. They were in bondage to the world, as pictured by Egypt. In fact, three times in today's reading they were reminded not to forget. (15:15, 16:3, 16:12)

In the last book of the Bible the church of Ephesus was reminded not to forget. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent. (Revelation 2:5) An interesting fact is that prior to the book of the Revelation, the Apostle Paul wrote this to the same church: (Ephesians 2:1-3) And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. Later in the same chapter Paul reminded them to remember that in times past they were Gentiles in the flesh, meaning they were separated from God because of sin, but He quickened them (redeemed them, or made them alive). How? Through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Evidently, they forgot to remember their first love of Christ and had to be reminded by John in Revelation.

Lest we too forget where we were when God found us, let us remember not to forget. We were the lost sheep of Luke 15:6, the lost coin of silver in Luke 15:9, and arguably the lost son of Luke 15:32. These examples are all in one chapter!

We may grow, as we should, to be great giants of the faith, but never let us grow so much that we forget where we came from. God wanted Israel to remember not to forget. Likewise He wants us to remember not to forget where He found us. This helps us to keep focus on those use Paul's word, to help those who have not yet been quickened.

Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.

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