Feb. 18 – Monday                                   Read Deuteronomy 26:1-11

When you have come into the land that the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance to possess, and you possess it, and settle in it, you shall take some of the first of all the fruit of the ground, which you harvest from the land that the LORD your God is giving you, and you shall put it in a basket and go to the place that the LORD your God will choose as a dwelling for his name.

You shall go to the priest who is in office at that time, and say to him, “Today I declare to the LORD your God that I have come into the land that the LORD swore to our ancestors to give us.” When the priest takes the basket from your hand and sets it down before the altar of the LORD your God, you shall make this response before the LORD your God: “A wandering Aramean was my ancestor; he went down into Egypt and lived there as an alien, few in number, and there he became a great nation, mighty and populous. When the Egyptians treated us harshly and afflicted us, by imposing hard labor on us, we cried to the LORD, the God of our ancestors; the LORD heard our voice and saw our affliction, our toil, and our oppression. The LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, with a terrifying display of power, and with signs and wonders; and he brought us into this place and gave us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey. So now I bring the first of the fruit of the ground that you, O LORD, have given me.” You shall set it down before the LORD your God and bow down before the LORD your God.

Then you, together with the Levites and the aliens who reside among you, shall celebrate with all the bounty that the LORD your God has given to you and to your house.

 

from Dorothy Brownlee, Chapel Hill Christian Church, Wellsburg

            “When you come into the land the Lord your God is giving you ….”  Wow! The journey is over, the destination as been reached.  Promised Land, here we are! God is indeed good!

But being in the Promised Land has requirements. It is an inheritance, something special, and you have to take possession of it and settle in it, make it your home. You will have to practice stewardship, worship the Lord your God in a special place, and be thankful. In all of your living you will also have to remember. Remember the promise God swore to your ancestors. Remember the story of the journey into Egypt, the feeling of alienation, the harsh treatment, the toil, and oppression. Remember again the Lord your God brought you out with a mighty hand. The Lord your God did not forsake you. The Lord your God delivered you into a land flowing with milk and honey.

Lent is a time to come again “into the land the Lord your God is giving.”  It is our inheritance from a God who has stayed faithful while we have spiritually, mentally and often physically wandered away from God.  We have been unwilling to listen or follow God’s direction. We are so sure we can do it on our own that we have found ourselves trapped in bad relationships, slaves to technology, oppressed by everyone and anything.  During Lent, journey into the Promised Land, a place flowing with milk and honey. A place where the Lord your God will embrace you, celebrate with you, and give thanks for you. God has kept His promise. We are required to remember.

Lord God help us through these days of Lent to remember your mighty acts, and above all to remember the promise you made to our ancestors and have fulfilled through your son Jesus Christ.

 

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