Deuteronomy 5:1 “Then Moses summoned all Israel and said to them: ‘Hear, O Israel, the statutes and the ordinances which I am speaking today in your hearing, that you may learn them and observe them carefully.’”


 The ten commandments were repeated by Moses here before the people began to enter the Promised Land.  Why?  Didn’t they know them?  Didn’t they understand them?  I guess the Lord and Moses felt they needed to hear them again.  Read them again in verses 7-21.  Which one of those hits you the hardest?

How many times have you had to “relearn” something?  Boy, it happens to me all the time.  If I don’t do something a lot, I have to get out the instructions again.  It was the same with God’s directions to the Israelites.  They had to be reminded of His expectations over and over again.


I bet you never have to repeat yourself with your kids, do you?  I can hear you laughing now.  Sure you do.  Our children may hear you the first time, but for some reason they don’t understand it the next time.  Repetition is needed for them to get it.

Aren’t you glad we don’t have to “repeat” salvation?  Oh, our children need to understand this.  “Once saved always saved” is true if you are truly saved.  Repetition is NOT needed here.  The repetition comes in our need to die to self daily.  Every day we have to surrender to Christ and say no to our flesh.  Now that’s worth repeating.

I don’t know about you, but I have to do that every second of every hour of every day.  My flesh is wicked and strong and wants to rule my life.  But when I say no to it and yes to Christ, life makes sense.  Joy returns!  Peace reigns.  Repeat!  Repeat!

Lord of all creation, You have made us flesh and blood.  You knew we would have to choose to follow You.  Help me today to choose You in all I do.  Thank You for salvation that is sure!


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