What has God said to you which you have forgotten or ignored? If we forget the Lord’s word to us and go our own ways, we are like people who look in the mirror, see what we look like, and then walk away and forget who we are. And we miss the blessing of God!
9 Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them. 10 Remember the day you stood before the Lord your God at Horeb, when he said to me, “Assemble the people before me to hear my words so that they may learn to revere me as long as they live in the land and may teach them to their children.” 11 You came near and stood at the foot of the mountain while it blazed with fire to the very heavens, with black clouds and deep darkness. 12 Then the Lord spoke to you out of the fire. You heard the sound of words but saw no form; there was only a voice.
22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.
Don’t forget. Don’t forgot what God has said. There is a reason he presented himself in fire on the mountain at Horeb when these people were young – it was so that when they reached the edge of the Jordan, with the previous generation gone (remember they were not going to enter the land – only their children, Caleb, and Joshua) that they would recall God’s commands, communicated to them in power and glory. It was memorable.
They are told to pass them on to their children. And their grand-children. Don’t forget. Forgetting is actually what Israel spends their time doing for much of the next 1,000 years after this moment. God knows how fickle and forgetful we are as people. That’s why we tried to make his commands a big deal.
James picks up the theme in his letter in the New Testament (1400+ years later). Guess what? It’s the same issue. Don’t just hear what God says and then do something different. Hear the word of God and do the word of God!
If we forget and go our own ways, we are like people who look in the mirror, see what we look like, and then walk away and forget who we are. That was Israel’s problem in the time of Moses, continuing to the time of James, and it’s our problem today.
What has God said to you which you have forgotten or ignored?