You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. (Deuteronomy 6:9)

Write them, show them in public, understand them and claim them as your own. But what are ‘they’? Verse 4 onwards reveals this is the Sh’ma, a prayer to be recited daily. It begins “Hear, O Israel: the LORD our God, the LORD is one.” Sh’ma Yisrael Adonai Eloheinu Adonai echad or the LORD our (plural ‘us’) God (plural ‘God’) is one God, the LORD: our Lord is Father, Son and Holy Spirit; three in one. It says we are to love the Lord with all our heart, soul and strength (all our muchness!), to impress these commandments on our children, talk about them in daily conversation, and write them on our door-frames and gates. Never forget; never stop being reminded.

“Now it shall come about when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, he shall write for himself a copy of this law on a scroll in the presence of the Levitical priests.” (Deuteronomy 17:18)

Thrones and kingdoms? Some 400 years before Saul was crowned, it was recorded (in Deuteronomy 17:14) that the people would call for a king:When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you and have taken possession of it and settled in it, and you say, ‘Let us set a king over us like all the nations around us,’ (Deuteronomy 17:14). The king was told expressly how to behave, how to reign. He must not take many wives, he must not accumulate large amounts of silver and gold. And when on his throne, he was to write out his copy of that law. Again: learn it, understand it; take ownership of it. Saul and all the other kings failed. But they can’t say they didn’t know. Either follow God or disobey Him – it is your responsibility to choose.

“When a man takes a wife and marries her, and it happens that she finds no favour in his eyes because he has found some indecency in her, and he writes her a certificate of divorce and puts it in her hand and sends her out from his house, (Deuteronomy 24:1)

Everyone must take responsibility. In those days, only the man had the power to divorce, but he was commanded not to abuse that power. A man should not just evict her, ignoring that they were ever married. He would have to take responsibility for the act, providing the certificate, telling the story. Sadly, man abused the power, ducked the responsibility and failed to love woman as he was commanded.

So it shall be on the day when you cross the Jordan to the land which the Lord your God gives you, that you shall set up for yourself large stones and coat them with lime and write on them all the words of this law, when you cross over, so that you may enter the land which the Lord your God gives you, a land flowing with milk and honey, as the Lord, the God of your fathers, promised you. (Deuteronomy 27:2-3)

Make an effort to remember the events of your life; of God being present with you. Make the effort of preparing stones and writing on them; a cairn memorial. Or do as Mary did many years later, and treasure them, pondering them in her heart. Remember, treasure and ponder all that God does for you. Write that on your heart.

[from Timothy Pitt]

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