Sunday, September 14, 2008

Deut. 10 in part-
So now, O Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you? Only to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep his commandments…….
For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who is not partial and takes no bribe, who executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and who love strangers, providing them food and clothing. You shall also love the stranger,……”

I read this the other day and it came to mind in church today as the Pastor spoke on the 7th beatitude; “Blessed are the peacemakers”. His focus was local, centered on happy home building for the most part, but my thoughts began to drift more globally and the words – God is not partial and takes no bribe, who executes justice….and loves the stranger….began to take me away.
These attributes of God, if adopted by man, would nearly eliminate all war, oppression and hostility in the world. Bless those peacemakers in high places who show no partiality and reject bribes, which deters corruption; bless those who bring justice, which protects and gives hope; and bless those that defend, support and love strangers, demonstrating in the flesh, God’s love for mankind.
Yes, “blessed are the peacemakers: for they will be called the children of God.”
Photo taken from internet.


ForHisSake said...

Welcome home, Fred

Your recent posts have refreshed and delighted my soul.


FCB said...

Hi D.L.,
Thanks, glad to be home, back in my comfortable little routine.
I'm glad to have posted things you liked.
God bless,

Mel said...

I love those verses from the Old Testament, and the way you tied them in with the message your pastor preached. What really struck me most as I was reading those verses, was the word "only." As if loving God and other people with all our hearts were an easy task... But in it I find a beautiful unspoken reminder that we can only ever hope to accomplish what God has given us to do with His help, grace, strength and power. How grateful I am for the multi-dimensional indwelling of the Holy Spirit!

May His grace abound to you today!


FCB said...

Amen Mel, good word. He is the one we admire the most, this God of integrity who so willingly shares his virtues.
Many blessings to you and yours,