Thou Shalt Remember the Word Which Has Already Been Spoken

Today’s selected reading continues in the Old Testament book of Deuteronomy, which was written and recorded by Moses the servant of the Lord. More specifically, today’s passage is found in chapters twelve through fourteen of this Old Testament book. When you come to this particular portion of Scripture you will find the LORD God of the Hebrews continuing to speak unto them concerning how they should live upon crossing over the Jordan River and entering into the land which He would bring them into. If you begin reading with and from the first and opening verse of this chapter you will find Moses speaking unto the congregation of the children of Israel, and continuing to rehearse in their hearing and presence those commands, those statutes and those precepts which the Lord had spoken unto their fathers. Perhaps one of the most intriguing realities that surrounds the words which we find within the Old Testament book of Deuteronomy is that it is entirely and altogether different from what we find in the Old Testament books of Exodus and Leviticus. In both of these Old Testament books we find the Lord God of the Hebrews first speaking the commands unto Moses as he abided with the living God atop the mountain in the wilderness. As you read the words written and recorded within the Old Testament books of Exodus and Leviticus you will find that the command and statutes that were spoken by the Lord were spoken in the hearing of that first generation which emerged from the land of Egypt and stood before Him at the mountain. Upon reading the words found within this Old Testament book it’s absolutely necessary to consider the fact that this was the second time these words were being spoken, for they were first spoken unto Moses directly from the Lord God of the Hebrews when He descended upon the mountain of God in the midst of the wilderness. Moses would then speak those words which he heard from the Lord unto the congregation of the children of Israel—even though the congregation heard the voice of the living God speaking directly unto them. The book of Exodus describes the sound of the voice of God as the sound a trumpet growing louder and louder the more He spoke unto Moses out of the midst of the thick clouds and thick darkness. In fact, in the ninth chapter of the Old Testament book of Deuteronomy you will find Moses once more rehearsing unto the congregation of the children of Israel that which took place in the wilderness of Sinai when the LORD descended upon the mountain in the sight and presence of all Israel. Consider if you will the words found in this chapter beginning with the seventh verse:

“Remember, and forget not, how thou provokedst the LORD thy God to wrath in the wilderness: from the day that thou didst depart out of the land of Egtypt, until ye came unto this place, ye have ben rebellious against the LORD> Also in HOreb ye provoked the LORD to wrath, so that the LORD was angry with you to have destroyed you. When I was gone up into the mount to receive the tables of stone, even the tables of the covenant which the LORD made with you, then I abode in the mount forty days and forty nights, I neither did eat bread nor drink water: and the LORD delivered unto me two tables of stone written with the finger of God; and on them was written according to all the words, which the LOD spake with you in the mount out of the midst of the fire in the day of the assembly. And it came to pass at the end of forty days and forty nights, that the LORD gave me the two tables of stones, even the tables of the covenant. And the LORD said unto me, Arise, get thee down quickly from hence; for thy people which thou hast brought forth out of Egypt have orrupted themselves; they are quickly turned aside out of the way which I commanded them; they have made them a motlen image. Furthermore the LORD spake unto me, saying I have seen this people, and, behold, it is a stiff-necked people: Let me alone, that I may destroy them, and blot out their name from under heaven: and I will make of thee a nation mightier and greater than they” (Deuteronomy 9:7-14).

If and as you read the words which are found within the Old Testament book of Deuteronomy you will find and discover Moses referring to the experience at the mountain of God in the midst of the wilderness, and how at that time the LORD their God had spoken unto their fathers from the midst of the thick clouds and darkness which was upon the entire mountain. Moses rehearsed unto this generation that was preparing to enter into the land of Canaan how the LORD their God who was bringing them into the land had spoken unto their fathers in the wilderness, and how He had spoken unto them out of the midst of the consuming fire when He delivered unto Moses—not only what we know as the Ten Commandments, but also the various other civil and moral laws which were given unto the congregation of the children of Israel. Some of those laws would not take affect or come into existence until they actually entered into the land and began dwelling in the midst of and inhabiting it. There were specific commands which the congregation of the children of Israel would heed to and obey during their journeys in the wilderness, but there were a number of other commands which they would not fully step into until they actually entered into the land which was sworn unto them by the Lord their God. The incredible truth that surrounds what we find in the Old Testament books of Exodus and Leviticus as directly set against what we find in the book of Deuteronomy is that in the books of Exodus and Leviticus we find the LORD speaking unto the congregation of the children of Israel from atop the mountain in the wilderness, and how that first congregation heard the voice of the LORD their God speaking unto them. This reality is confirmed even more in depth in the nineteenth and twentieth chapters of the Old Testament book of Exodus. Consider if you will the following words which are written and recorded within the nineteenth and twentieth chapters beginning to read with and from the first verse of the nineteenth chapter:

“IN the third month, when the children of Israel were gone forth out of the land of Egypt, the same day came they into the wilderness of Sinai. For they were departed from Rephidim, and were come to the desert of Sinai, and had pitched in the wilderness; and there Israel camped before the mount. And Moses went up unto God, and the LORD called unto him out of the mountain, saying, Thus shalt thou say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel; Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles’ wings, and brought you unto myself. Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: and ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel. And Moses came and called for the elders of the people, and laid before their faces all these words which the LORD commanded him. And all the people answered together, and said, All that the LORD hath spoken we will do. And Moses returned the words of the people unto the LORD> And the LORD said unto Moses, Lo, I come unto thee in a thick cloud, that the people may hear when I speak with thee, and believe thee for ever. And Moses told the words of the people unto the LORD. And the LORD said unto Moses, Go unto the people, and sanctify them to day and to morrow, and let them wash their clothes, and be ready against the third day: for the third day the LORD will come down in the sight of all the people upon mount Sinai. And thou shalt set bounds unto the people round about, saying, Take heed to yourselves, that ye go not up into the mount, or touch the border of it: whosoever toucheth the mount shall be surely put to death: there shall not an hand touch it, but he shall surely be stoned, or shot through; whether it be beast or man, it shall not live: when the trumpet soundeth long, they shall come up to the mount. And Moses went down from the mount unto the people, and sanctified the people; and they washed their clothes. And he said unto the people, Be ready against the third day: come not at your wives. And it came to pass on the third day in the morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of the trumpet exceeding loud; so that all the people that was in the camp trembled. And Moses brought forth epeople out of the camp to meet with God and they stood at the nether part of the mount. And mount Sinai was altogether on a smoke, because the LORD descended upon it in fire: and the smoke thereof ascended as the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mount quaked greatly. And when the voice of the trumpet sounded long, and waxed louder and louder, Moses spake, and God answered him by a voice. And the LORD came down upon mount Sinai, on the top of the mount: and the LORD called Moses up to the top of the mount; and Moses went up. And the LORD said unto Moses, Go down, charge the people, lest they break through unto the LROD to gaze, and many of them perish. And let the priests also, which come near to the LORD, sanctify themselves, lest the LORD break forth uon them. And Moses said unto the LORD, the people cannot come up to mount Sinai: for thou chargedst us, saying, Set bounds about the mount, and sanctify it. And the LORD said unto him, Away, get thee down, and thou shalt come up, thou, and Aaron with thee: but let not the priests and the people break through to come up unto the LORD, lest he break forth upon them. So Moses went down unto the people, and spake unto them” (Exodus 19:1-25).

”And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off. And they said unto Moses, speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die. And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and this fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not. And the people stood far off, and Moses drew near unto the thick darkness where God was. And the LORD said unto Moses, Thus thou shalt say unto the children of Israel, Ye have seen that I have talked with you from heaven. Ye shall not make with me gods of silver, neither shall ye make unto you gods of gold. And altar of earth thou shalt make unto me, and shalt sacrifice thereon thy burnt offerings, and thy peace offerings, thy sheep, and thine oxen: in all places where I record my name I will come unto thee, and I will bless thee. And if thou wilt make me an altar of stone, thou shalt not built it of hewn stone: for if thou lift up thy tool upon it, thou hast polluted it. Neither shalt thou go up by steps unto mine altar, that thy nakedness be not discovered thereon” (Exodus 20:18-26).

The words which you find written within these two passages of Scripture is absolutely and incredibly astounding when you take the time to think about and consider it, for there is a fundamental difference between what we have in the Old Testament book of Deuteronomy and that which we find in the books of Exodus and Leviticus. What we find within these two books is a wonderful experience and encounter the congregation of the children of Israel—that first generation which emerged from the land of Egypt into the wilderness—had with the living God there at the mountain in the midst of the wilderness. It was there at Horeb in the wilderness where that first generation would hear the voice of God speaking out of the thick clouds and darkness—this despite the fact they could see no form, nor likeness of the One who speaking unto them. The LORD God who had delivered them out of their slavery, bondage and oppression within the land of Egypt would indeed and would in fact speak to them out of the thick darkness and out of the thick clouds, and they would hear the voice of the LORD God speaking all the words which Moses would bring unto them. When Moses spoke unto this second generation which stood before him in the plains of Moab he was rehearsing in their presence the encounter their fathers had at the mountain of God in the midst of the wilderness when the LORD their God spoke unto them from the midst of the thick clouds and thick darkness as He gave His Law—His statutes, His commands, His precepts, His decrees—unto Moses that he might teach the generation that was present at the mountain there in the wilderness. What makes the words we find in the Old Testament book of Deuteronomy so incredibly intriguing and captivating is that the words weren’t new words, nor were they some new revelation. The words which Moses rehearsed before the congregation of the children of Israel would have rehearsed experiences their fathers had in the wilderness, and might very well have even reminded some of this present generation of what happened there at Horeb in the midst of the wilderness. It is very possible that there were some among the children of Israel in the plains of Moab who were present at the mountain after it had quaked violently, and would have remembered—not only what happened there at the mountain, but also what the Lord had spoken unto them.

What we find in the Old Testament book of Deuteronomy would be Moses rehearsing unto the congregation of the children of Israel words which the Lord their God would have spoken unto their fathers. For some who stood before Moses in the plans of Moab this would be the first time they heard the words which had previously been spoken unto their fathers. It was true this generation would be the generation to enter into and inhabit the land which was sworn unto their fathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, however, this generation would and could not enter in without understanding the nature of the God who went before them, and what the Lord their God required. The words which are contained in these chapters weren’t somehow new words the Lord was speaking unto this generation, nor were they words which Moses would speak unto them after interpreting what the Lord had previously spoken. It’s quite interesting and intriguing to think about and consider the fact that when Moses spoke unto this generation which stood before him in the plains of Moab he wasn’t interpreting that which the Lord had previously spoken, nor was he speaking unto them his own sermon series concerning the commands and decrees the Lord had spoken unto their fathers. We must recognize and acknowledge the fact that what Moses was speaking unto this new generation which would emerge in the wilderness and stand before him in the plains of Moab wasn’t some new teaching series concerning the Law of God which He had spoken unto him from the top of the mountain in the wilderness. The words which Moses spoke unto the congregation of the children of Israel wasn’t some sermon series where Moses was providing them his own commentary and comments concerning what the living God had already spoken. Quite the opposite is true, for as you read the words which are found within these chapters you will find that while Moses did rehearse and remind them of the encounters their fathers had in the wilderness over the past forty years—the words which he spoke unto them were the very same words which were spoken by the living God a generation before, and which were spoken unto their fathers in the wilderness. Moses didn’t provide some new and intriguing twist or understanding of that which the Lord their God had commanded and required of them, but spoke unto them the very same words which their fathers would have heard.

YOU HAVE NEED TO BE REMINDED OF WHAT GOD HAS SPOKEN! YOU HAVE NEED TO HEAR WHAT THE LORD YOUR GOD SPOKE UNTO YOUR FATHERS! This new generation would rise up and emerge in the midst of the wilderness and would stand before Moses in the plains of Moab, and this new generation would enter into the land which was sworn on oath to their fathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, yet there were many of them who weren’t there in the wilderness of Sinai when the Lord spoke unto Moses from the midst of the thick clouds and darkness. There were those present in this generation which had not heard the words which Moses had spoken unto their fathers in that generation previously, and as such, they would need to hear—not something new, but rather that which He had already spoken unto their fathers. I absolutely love that what we find within this book was not something new which the congregation of the children of Israel would hear, but it was something which had already been spoken. A WORD ALREADY SPOKEN! THE WORD ALREADY IN EXISTENCE! It is absolutely remarkable to think about and consider that the words we find in this passage of Scripture were not new words that were exclusive or specific to them, but were words which had already been existence and which had already been spoken unto their fathers. The words which Moses would speak unto and rehearse in their hearing would be a reminded of what God had already been spoken. Would it shock and surprise you to think and consider that most of the time that which we need is not some new revelation, but a reminder of that which the Lord our God has already spoken? Would it completely stun you to think about that much of the time you might spend looking for some new “revelation,” or some new “word,” that which you really need is simply to remember and/or be reminded of what the Lord has already spoken unto you? How would it make you feel to think about and consider the fact while you might be spending so much time and effort in pursuing some type of new revelation from the Lord, the most important thing that is necessary within your life is simply to remember and/or being reminded of what the Lord has spoken in His word? I would dare say that most of the time what we need within our hearts and lives is simply to remember what the Lord our God has already spoken in and through His word, and what is and has been before and in front of us the whole time. There are far too many times when we run around chasing a new word seeking a new revelation and a new word, and we completely neglect and ignore that which the Lord our God has already spoken in His word. With that being said, I can’t help but be reminded of the words which the apostle Paul quoted in the epistle written unto the Christians in Rome, as well as the words he quoted which are found in the Old Testament book of Deuteronomy:

“If thou shalt harken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to keep his commandments and His statutes which are written in this book of the law, and if thou turn unto the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul. For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off. It is not in heaven, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it? Neither is it beyond the sea, that thou shouldest say, Who shall over the sea for us, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it? But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it. See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil; in that I command thee this day to love the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the LORD thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it. But if thine heart turn away, so that thou wilt not hear, but shalt be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them; I denounce unto you this day that ye shall surely perish, and that ye shall not prolong your days upon the land, whither thou passes over to Jordan to go to possess it. I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: that thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them” (Deuteronomy 30:10-20).

“Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth. For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them. But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (That is, to bring Christ down from above) or, Who shall descend into the deep? (That is to bring up Christ again from the dead.) But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; that if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the LORD Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the LORD shall be saved. How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? As it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!” (Romans 10:1-15).

REMINDED OF WHAT YOU’VE HEARD! REMINDED OF WHAT HAS ALREADY BEEN SPOKEN! THE GENERATION THAT WAS PREPARING TO ENTER INTO THE LAND OF CANAAN WAS NOT GIVEN SOME NEW REVELATION OR SOME NEW WORD BUT WAS REMINDED OF WHAT HAD ALREADY BEEN SPOKEN! REMINDING! REMEMBERING! REHEARSING! THE WORD IS CLOSER THAN YOU THINK! THE WORD IS AND HAS BEEN BEFORE YOU THE WHOLE TIME! As I consider the words which are found within this Old Testament book of Deuteronomy I can’t help but be absolutely gripped and captivated with and by the fact that what we find within its pages are words which were spoken unto this new generation which emerged in the wilderness after that first generation had perished and fallen. The generation which stood before Moses there in the plains of Moab was not the same generation that was before him at the mountain of God in the wilderness—although I am sure there were some within and among that generation which would have been around during the time of the Exodus and passage through the Red Sea. It’s incredibly captivating to think about and consider the fact that when you read of Moses speaking unto this congregation of the children of Israel—the words which he spoke were not some new revelation, nor were they some new word from the Lord their God. The words which are presented within this Old Testament book are words which Moses was rehearsing before them in their hearing—words which the Lord has given unto him in the wilderness and which he spoke unto their fathers. It is absolutely remarkable to think about and consider the absolutely tremendous fact that the words which are found in this chapter were not words which Moses felt this new generation needed to hear over and above the generations of their fathers. The words which are found in these chapters and verses were words which were and had already been spoken unto their fathers—words which their fathers had rejected and despised. We dare not and must not miss and lose sight of this absolutely incredible and tremendous reality, for there is this growing trend among us within our generation where men and women run from place to place seeking a new word and a new revelation from the living God. There is a growing movement of men and women who will run and move from gathering to gathering, awakening to awakening and revival to revival in search of some new revelation and some new word from the living God. There are men and women who spend a considerable amount of time chasing after new words and new revelations from the living God, as though the living God is going to speak something entirely new.

As you read and study the scripture you will find and discover some key references and some key passages that help shine a great deal of light on to this movement of men and women who run from place to place seeking after and searching for some new word and revelation from the living God. If you study the scripture you will find the Holy Spirit inspiring authors to write and pen the words that heaven and earth shall pass away, but the word of God will stand and remain forever. Within scripture you will find the living God highlighting the reality that He is the same yesterday and forever. What’s more is that you will find Solomon king of Israel declaring that there is nothing new under the sun and that what is has already been. The question I have to ask when sitting here this morning is if the living God is the same yesterday, today and forever, and if the word of the Lord can and will last forever, then what makes us think and what gives us the idea that there is and will somehow be some new revelation and some word. What’s more, is that for centuries and millennia we have had the divine word of God at our disposal in various translations. The more I think about this particular reality the more I can’t help but come face to face with the awesome and incredible reality that what we need and what we ought to be seeking is not some new word or some new revelation from the living God, but rather something much different and perhaps even much less expected within our hearts and minds. I am completely and thoroughly convinced that what we need more than anything is not some new revelation and some new word, but rather a reminder of that which had already been spoken. I am very much convinced that what we need in this generation is not some fleeting chasing of new revelation and some new word, but rather a reminder of that which has already been spoken. I firmly believe that what we need in this generation more than anything else is to remember and consider that which has already been spoken and that which has already been written. It’s interesting to think about and consider the reality that within scrutinize we find the command not to add and not to subtract from that which has been written, nor from that which was and has been spoken. The truth of the matter is that I would dare say that the more we devote ourselves and commit ourselves to seeking after and searching after some new word and some new revelation, the more we play the dangerous game of adding to that which has already been spoken and written.

I find myself this morning thinking about and considering the fact that two of the greatest dangers found within and among us within this generation are subtracting from that which has been written in order that the word of God might somehow be more palpable and suitable for us. What’s more, is there is this growing danger of adding to that which had already been spoken and that which we find written and recorded within the divine word of God. There is not a doubt in my mind that there have been countless attempts to subtract from that which was written and that which was spoken by the living God, but there is perhaps something that is just as sinister and just as evil as attempting to subtract from the word of God. What I am referencing and referring to is the practice of somehow adding to the word of God, and somehow thinking and believing that we can add to what has already been spoken. Would it shock and surprise you to think about and consider the fact that it is possible to run after and search for new revelation and some new word, and as a direct result of running after such revelations we are actually committing ourselves to adding to that which has been spoken by the living God? Would it surprise you to think that in our pursuit of new revelation and new words from God we can actually be guilty of adding to the divine word of God and make it say something it was never intended to say? There is not a doubt in my mind that more often then not in our pursuit of new revelation and new word from the Lord we are actually doing something that is far more dangerous and far more sinister—namely, adding to that which has been written by the living God through more than forty authors over a period of sixteen hundred years. Lest we think that this somehow is something that is not possible and is far fetched, you will find within this Old Testament book Moses the servant of the Lord speaking about prophets who rose up among the congregation of the children of Israel and those who were dreamers of dreams. Even in the Old Testament prophetic book of Jeremiah we find the prophet writing and speaking about false prophets who steal their words from each other, and those who devote themselves and their time to running after and chasing new revelation from the Lord through these prophets which were within the land.

I can’t help but think about and consider the absolutely incredible reality of what is rotten and recorded in the thirtieth chapter of the Old Testament book of Deuteronomy—words which were echoed and spoken by the apostle Paul. If you read the words which are found within the Old Testament book of Deuteronomy you will find Moses speaking unto this new generation that would emerge in the earth and which would stand before him n the plains of Moab. As Moses was preparing to die, and as he was preparing this new generation to enter into the land which was promised unto them by the Lord their God, Moses made an absolutely remarkable and astounding statement and declaration unto them concerning this word which they were hearing. What’s more, is Moses spoke unto this congregation concerning the word he was speaking unto them and that which they would pursue during and throughout their days. The words which Moses the servant of the Lord had spoken unto this new generation of the congregation of the children of Israel were absolutely remarkable and astounding, for that which Moses was speaking and declaring unto them was not only the absolutely tremendous and incredible reality that the word which they needed to hear was not some new word or some new revelation, but rather a reminder of what had already been spoken—and even written on tablets of stone. That which Moses the servant of the Lord was accomplishing within the plains of Moab was not introducing some new revelation and some new word unto this congregation and assembly, but rather reminding them of that which they had already heard and that which had already been spoken. As we read the words found and recorded within this Old Testament book we must recognize and understand that what is before us is not a new revelation from the living God, but is a reminding of that which had already been spoken and that which had already been written on tablets of stone. Within the words found in this book you will find Moses the servant of the Lord speaking of the time he spent in the presence of the living God atop the mountain in the wilderness, and even how the Lord had written his holy commandments upon two tablets of stone. What’s so incredibly interesting and intriguing about this reality is when you think about and consider the fact that once the commandments and law of the living God was written on tablets of stone they were placed inside the Ark of the Covenant and would not remain visible to the natural eye of the congregation of the children of Israel. Even though the living God would write and inscribe His commandments and His statutes on two tablets of stone, this words would remain sealed within the Ark of the Covenant and would never be removed, nor would they be pulled out.

I sit here this morning thinking about and considering the fact that when the commandments were written by the living God upon the two tablets of stone, they weren’t put on display before all the congregation of the children of Israel. The commandments and statutes which were written by the very finger of God were not put on display at the entrance of the Tabernacle of the testimony, nor were they put on display within the holy place in the midst of the sanctuary. As you read the words which are written and found within these chapters you will encounter the absolutely tremendous and incredible reality that once the laws and statutes of the living God were written on tablets of stone they were immediately placed within the Ark of the Covenant which would be before the Lord behind the veil in the Holy of Holies. This is quite interesting when you think about and recall that the first tablets of stone which were given unto Moses were cast forth out of his hand and broken when he came down from the mountain to find the congregation of the children of Israel engaged in idolatrous worship of the golden calf which was at the foot of the mountain. The first tablets of stone which had the inscription of the law and commands of God had been broken after Moses cast them forth out of his hand, and were replaced by two new tablets of stone. It’s worth noting that even when the Lord instructed Moses to hew out two new tablets of stone upon which he would write upon and inscribe with His own hand and finger, the words which would be written and inscribed upon those two tablets were not new words that would be spoken and given unto the congregation of the children of Israel, but words which were written and inscribed on the previous tablets of stone which had been broken by Moses. How absolutely remarkable and astounding it is to think about and consider the tremendous reality that the Lord God of the Hebrews wrote on tablets of stone—not once, but twice—and that which was inscribed on both tablets of stone were His commandments, which He gave unto the congregation of the children of Israel to obey and to abide by. How absolutely intriguing it is to think about and consider the fact that even when new tablets of stone were hewn out of the mountain by Moses the servant of the Lord after those first tablets were broken, the words which were written and inscribed upon them were words which the living God had already written and spoken previously. There was no new revelation, nor was there any new word that was written on the second set of tablets which Moses was instructed by the the Lord to hew out of the mountain that He might write His commands unto the congregation of the children of Israel.

With all of this being said I find it absolutely remarkable and astounding to think about and consider the fact that even after the second set of tablets were hewn out of the mountain, and even after those words which were found on the first tablets were inscribed upon them, the tablets themselves were placed in the Ark of the Covenant. What’s more, is the fact that those stone tablets were placed inside the Ark of the Covenant which was found beyond the veil in the Holy of Holies in the sanctuary of the living God. The stone tablets and the law which was written upon them were not accessed by any of the congregation of the children of Israel, and there would be absolutely none who could or would dare enter into the sanctuary, and make their way unto the holy of Holies that they might remove the Mercy Seat and lift the stone tablets from the midst of the Ark. This is actually quite remarkable and astounding when you take the time to think about and consider it, for with the tablets of stone being placed within the Ark of the Covenant it was as if the Lord was not only declaring that His mercy rises above the Law and the commandments, but also that there would be none who could add to the words which were written upon those tablets. I find it absolutely astounding to think about and consider the fact that ever since the commands of the Lord were written and inscribed on those tablets of stone they were placed within the Ark of the Covenant, and yet throughout the generations there have been men and women who have sought to erase what was written upon those tablets, and men who would seek to remove them altogether. Oh it is true that we cannot remove the tablets from the midst of the Ark of the Covenant, and it is true that we cannot erase what was written, however, it is true that we can attempt to erase and remove the message that is found upon those tablets—namely, the words which the living God has spoken. What I absolutely love about the tablets of stone being placed within the Ark of the Covenant is that they were inaccessible to any of the congregation of the children of Israel throughout the generations. There would be absolutely none among the generations of the congregation of the people of Israel that could make any alteration to the words which were written and inscribed upon the tablets of stone, for what was written was written and could not be altered by any means. How absolutely powerful and incredible it is to think about and consider the fact that what was written on the tablets of stone were words written and inscribed by the very finger of the living God and were words which could not be altered, and words which could not be changed by any man. There was absolutely no man who could dare lay hold of the tablets of stone which had the commands of God written and inscribed upon them in order that they might somehow add to them, or even remove what was written.

The more I think about and the more I consider that which is found and written within these chapters of the book fo Deuteronomy, the more I can’t help but consider the fact that the word which the congregation of the children of Israel was not far away that they needed to travel great distances to lay hold of and obtain. The word which the congregation of the children of Israel needed was not in the heights of heaven that they needed someone to ascend into the heavens in order to lay hold of it and bring it down unto them. The word which they needed was not in the depths that they needed someone to go down and lay hold of the word and bring it unto them. The word which the congregation of the children of Israel needed was not a distant or far removed word, but was a word that was near unto them—even in their very mouth. It is absolutely necessary and imperative that we recognize and understand this reality, for with these words Moses the servant of the Lord was emphatically declaring unto the congregation of the children of Israel that the word they needed was already before them and was already accessible unto them. The word which the congregation of the children of Israel needed would not be some distant reality that was somehow far removed, but it was close unto them—even in their very mouths and hearts. It is absolutely necessary that we recognize and understand this absolutely tremendous reality, for when we think about and consider what was and is found within this Old Testament book, we must recognize and understand that the word which Moses spoke unto them was nothing new. There wasn’t somehow some new word and some new revelation that had been given unto this generation because they were and would be the generation that would enter into the land of Canaan. It would be very easy to think about and consider the fact that with this new generation entering into the land of Canaan, and enter into that which their fathers had forfeited, there would be a need for some new revelation, and for some new word, however, the truth of the matter is that the word which was and had been spoken unto them had already been spoken, and was spoken unto their fathers. How truly wonderful it is to think about the fact that this generation would enter into the land of their inheritance and possession, and the word that would be spoken unto them was not some new revelation or some new word, but would be words which were already spoken unto their fathers in the wilderness in the generation which had preceded and gone before them.

It’s worth n outing that when this new generation was preparing to enter into the land of Canaan and take possession of that which the living God had prepared for them, they would not receive a new commandment, nor would there be some new law that would govern them. There wasn’t one set of commandments which was given unto their fathers and which would govern their fathers which was somehow broken when they transgressed against the Lord their God in the wilderness and found themselves staring death in the face in the midst of the wilderness. There wasn’t some new law and there weren’t all new commandments that were given unto this new generation simply because that first generation perished in the wilderness and because this generation was going to be the generation that would enter into the land which was sworn on oath to Abraham, unto Isaac and unto Jacob. The words and commands which we find Moses speaking unto the congregation of the children of Israel in the plains of Moab were the very same commands he had spoken unto their fathers—words and commands which their fathers had violated, broken and transgressed against. It is absolutely necessary that we understand this absolutely remarkable and astounding reality, for this reality shines a great deal of light on to what we find within this Old Testament book—namely, the fact that the words which were spoken by Moses the servant of the Lord were simply words which had already been spoken unto their fathers, and words which had already been given. Moses didn’t enter into the presence of the Lord and entreat him for some new revelation and some new word for this generation that would enter into the land of Canaan. Moses wouldn’t spend another forty days and forty nights in the presence of the living God atop the mountain in the midst of the wilderness seeking a new word and a new revelation from the Lord for this new generation that was preparing to enter into the land of Canaan. The exact opposite is true, for when Moses began speaking unto this congregation of the children of Israel—the words he spoke unto them were words which the Lord had already given unto their fathers, and words which Moses had already spoken unto their fathers in the midst of the wilderness. The Lord didn’t somehow establish some new law and some new set of statutes for this generation that would emerge in the wilderness and would now enter into the land of Canaan, for what was truly needed was a reminder of that which the Lord had already spoken.

I mentioned earlier how more often than not that which we need is not some new revelation and not some new word, but rather to be reminded of that which the Lord our God has already spoken. More often than not that which is needed within our hearts and lives is not some new word from the living God as though there is something new to pursue, but rather a reminder of that which the Lord had already spoken and that which the Lord had already written within His word. There are countless men and women who devote a considerable amount of time, effort and energy seeking after new revelation and new words from the living God, and yet that which the Lord their God truly desires to give them is nothing more than a reminder of what had already been written and what had already been spoken by Him. There is not a doubt in my mind that what we need within our lives, and what we need in this generation is not necessarily a new revelation, a new vision, a new word, or even a fresh vision, or a fresh word from the Lord. In all reality, I would dare say that if you truly need a “new” or “fresh” vision from the Lord then it is perhaps undeniable and indisputable that you have not given yourselves to that which had already been spoken and that which had already been written. If you are one who somehow needs a new and fresh vision and word from the Lord then I would dare say that there is a serious deficiency within your heart and life with what the Lord has already spoken and what has been written and recorded within his word. I would dare say that those who feel as though they somehow need some “new” and some “fresh” vision and word from the Lord are such who know nothing about what has already been written, and what the Lord has already spoken in His word. Would it shock and surprise you to think about and consider the fact that we have already been given everything we have ever needed within the divinely inspired word of God that has been active for generations? Would it absolutely stun and floor you to think and consider the fact that we have been given everything we need to hear from the living God through His word, and that more often than not any attempt to seek after a “new” and “fresh” word from the Lord is a direct affront to what was and what has been written within His word? I am absolutely convinced that any attempt to run and chase after some new word and some new revelation is a direct assault and direct affront to that which the Holy Spirit inspired men and women to write in the holy and sacred canon of Scripture. Those among us who feel the need to seek after and chase some new word, some new vision, some new revelation from the Lord are those who are actually attempting to add to the word of the living God, and that which has already been written by the Lord our God.

Continuing to read the words which are found within this Old Testament book I can’t help but think about and consider the absolutely tremendous and incredible reality that not only was the word which Moses spoke unto this generation the same which had been spoken unto their fathers, but the commands which were spoken unto this generation were the very same commands which were spoken unto their fathers. The words which are found within this chapter were not a new series of commands and a new series of instruction that was given unto this generation that they might different from the generation which preceded and went before them. Oh there are those among us within this generation which somehow think and believe that they are somehow different from previous generations, and that as such there is a need for a different revelation and for a different word. There are those among us within this generation who feel as though because they are a new generation—perhaps even one of the final generations in human history, there is a great need for new revelation and new words from the Lord. The truth of the matter which we must recognize and understand is that there is nothing new under the sun, and that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. What this means for us is that we have already been given absolutely everything we have needed and will ever need within the word which has been written and penned by the Holy Spirit. There is absolutely no need among us within our hearts and lives for anything different than what has already been spoken, and what has already been written, for everything we have ever needed, and everything we will ever need has been given unto us within the divinely inspired word of God. There is not a doubt in my mind that what we need more than anything is a reminder of that which has already been written within the word of God, and that which has been around for generations. The question we must ask is whether or not we are content with what has been written, or whether we somehow feel the need to pursue and chase after some type of new revelation, and some type of new word from the Lord. There is not a doubt in my mind that what we need more than anything else is to be reminded of the word which the Lord our God has already spoken and provided unto us in His word, and we dare not and ought not make any attempt to seek and chase after anything that is new, or which we perceive as being new. Oh that we would be content with that which the Lord our God has already provided for us in the word which was inspired by the Holy Spirit and penned by more than forty different authors over a period of sixteen hundred years. Oh that we would commit ourselves to the word which the Lord our God has provided to us and for us, for everything that we need for life and godliness is found and contained within that word.

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