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Deuteronomy 26:11-15 (JDV)

Deuteronomy 26:11 You, the Levites, and the guests among you will enjoy all the good things Yahveh your God has given you and your household.
Deuteronomy 26:12 “When you have finished paying all the tenth of your produce in the third year, the year of the tenth, you are to give it to the Levites, guests, fatherless children and widows, so that they may eat in your towns and be satisfied.
Deuteronomy 26:13 Then you will say in the presence of Yahveh your God: I have taken the consecrated portion out of my house; I have also given it to the Levites, guests, fatherless children, and widows, according to all the commands you commanded me. I have not violated or forgotten your commands.
Deuteronomy 26:14 I have not eaten any of it while in mourning, or removed any of it while contaminated, or offered any of it for the dead. I have obeyed Yahveh my God; I have done all you commanded me.
Deuteronomy 26:15 Look down from your holy dwelling, from the sky, and empower your people Israel and the land you have given us as you swore to our fathers, a land flowing with milk and honey.

declaration of obedience

Notice that the Israelite worship involved a declaration of obedience to the covenant commands.

Neither of God’s covenants with his people were merely about worship and faith. Those are essential elements of both the Mosaic covenant and the new covenant under Christ. But this passage demonstrates that without obedience to the covenant commands, covenant worship would not be accepted. Likewise, Jesus condemned those who merely called him Lord without doing what he said to do.

I have been in many worship services that pretended that God does not care how disobedient we are, as long as we believe in him. That is not true. There is still a vital link between our obedience to Christ and our ability to properly worship him. We are saved by grace, and that salvation makes obedience possible. We will all struggle to obey Christ, but we cannot afford to jettison our responsibility to obey. It is part of our witness, and witness is also a vital element of both covenants.

Lord, open our hearts to accept the whole gospel, and to seek living in your kingdom today — which means obeying our king.

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About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is pastor of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church in Delco, North Carolina. You can contact him at -- !
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