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Rebellious Children, Take Heed

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Today's film and books teach teens and pre-teens that their 'inner conflicts' must be expressed through rebellion against parents and rejection of society's rules. ('Rebel without a Cause' 1955)

Today’s Bible in 90 Days reading: Deut 8:1 – Deut 23:11

Most parents love their children and want only the best for them. I say ‘most’, because our newspapers tell us daily of parents who have beaten, raped, and even killed their own children–and in these horrifying cases, the children were often young, and usually obedient (even unto death).

But what do you do with a child who is disobedient–a rebel? Today’s modern psychologists will recommend medication, special classes, and indulgence. Don’t let the child see himself or herself as wrong, they’re just ‘different’, ‘unique’, ‘misunderstood’. Boy, such was not the case in Old Testament times.

In today’s chapters, Moses is taking his final opportunity to be a ‘parent’ to Israel. Like a father who is sending his son off to college, Moses repeats warnings from the past, going over and over rules, regulations, recommendations, and remedies. Also like a father, Moses warns the people of the penalty for disobedience: in general, you will a) be cut off from the congregation, or b) simply cut off (killed). Continue reading

Set Apart for Destruction

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Baal the Syrian 'storm god'. Don't have a picture like this in your living room. - (credit: art.com)

Consider all the items you bring into your home, the books, the music, the decor. Do these items honor the Lord? Do they edify your family? Do they help you to understand Christ better? Or, do they simply entertain or give you pleasure? Don’t get me wrong; there is nothing wrong with amusements, providing these do not bring danger.

Those who are covered with the blood of Christ (believers) are provided a certain amount of protection from so-called ‘charged items’. These are things dedicated to the enemy, those things that provide doorways for demonic influence. As the Israelites begin to take possession of the land promised to them by Yahweh (‘I AM’), Moses uses his final message before dying to warn them about keeping any idolatrous items found in the spoils of war.

Do not bring a detestable thing into your house or you, like it, will be set apart for destruction. Regard it as vile and utterly detest it, for it is set apart for destruction. – Deut 7:26

These are hard words, and as Moses spoke them, he probably had a heaviness to his heart, for he surely knew that the people would disobey and fall into heathen practices, worshiping other gods.

So, what’s in your home? Take today to ‘take stock’ of your shelves and your heart. Let the LORD speak to you, guide you, inform you, and if you find any items or any secret desires that serve any master other than Christ, ask the Father to help you remove that ‘detestable thing’.

May Christ be praised and lifted up in all we say, do, and think.