I Must Not Go Over Jordan

Reading today from Deuteronomy 4 – 6

“And the LORD commanded me at that time to teach you statutes and judgments, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go over to possess it.
Take ye therefore good heed unto yourselves; for ye saw no manner of similitude on the day that the LORD spake unto you in Horeb out of the midst of the fire: lest ye corrupt yourselves, and make you a graven image, the similitude of any figure, the likeness of male or female, the likeness of any beast that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged fowl that flieth in the air, the likeness of any thing that creepeth on the ground, the likeness of any fish that is in the waters beneath the earth: and lest thou lift up thine eyes unto heaven, and when thou seest the sun, and the moon, and the stars, even all the host of heaven, shouldest be driven to worship them, and serve them, which the LORD thy God hath divided unto all nations under the whole heaven.
But the LORD hath taken you, and brought you forth out of the iron furnace, even out of Egypt, to be unto Him a people of inheritance, as ye are this day. Furthermore the LORD was angry with me for your sakes, and sware that I should not go over Jordan, and that I should not go in unto that good land, which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance: but I must die in this land, I must not go over Jordan: but ye shall go over, and possess that good land.
Take heed unto yourselves, lest ye forget the covenant of the LORD your God, which He made with you, and make you a graven image, or the likeness of any thing, which the LORD thy God hath forbidden thee. For the LORD thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God.” Deuteronomy 4:14-24  (KJB)

Contrary to what some people; celebrities, talk show hosts, etc.; may say the GOD who has made all things is a Jealous GOD.  Why would He tell us such if it were not so?  Some may ask, “Why is God a jealous God?”  He is God.  He is the Creator.  There is nothing in the universe, seen or unseen, that He did not Make.  He is also Holy, Righteous, and Just.  There is no other.  So He alone is worthy of the worship of His creation; especially that part of creation that is made in His image and likeness (Genesis 1:26-27).

These verses from Deuteronomy is the law of God concerning Israel, reminding them of their weakness for idols.  We cannot blame them.  The whole race of Adam has a propensity for idolatry.  Why?  We need something greater than ourselves, and if we see someone or thing greater we can fall prey to the worship of that very person or thing.

Like Israel of old we need to be reminded daily, maybe moment by moment, that there is only one God; and He alone is worthy of our time, our talents, and our gifts of worship.  To be sure you get this the “gifts” are much more than monetary.  God gives us spiritual gifts that we might use them in our worship, equipping us, and others.

Now to the question we all have been asking; “Why was Moses not allowed to enter the Promised Land on the other side of Jordan?  God had told Moses to speak to the rock; and instead of speaking to it he struck it out of anger toward the people (Numbers 20:8-11).  GOD had clearly spoken to Moses to speak to the rock.

How often does our anger hinder our progression of faith, power, and God’s glory?  Far too many times.

Let us hear God, and do what He says, as He says to do it.

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