Remembering What’s Happened

Bruce Fiol

READ : Deuteronomy 4:9-14

Don’t forget the things your eyes have seen. (v. 9)

You reached your destination—almost. It was time to reflect. God had worked in amazing ways: providing, protecting, leading, disciplining. Moses warned against forgetting how God had displayed his greatness, holiness, and power. “But chief among the things I want you to remember,” said the Lord through Moses, “is the day when you stood at the base of Mt. Sinai. Remember the fire? The lightening? The thunder? The thick darkness? I met you there and personally spoke to you.”

Then graciously God gave his people the Ten Command-ments. They define the life of those whom the Lord has redeemed—how they are to worship and live. Through the Decalogue the Lord revealed his perfect righteousness, for he is flawlessly holy. But that wasn’t all. These Ten Statutes highlight our unrighteousness, for there is not a one who can keep them perfectly. Correction: there is One! His name is Jesus—he alone kept the law flawlessly and then submitted himself to Calvary’s sacrifice, where he fulfilled God’s justice by taking our sins upon himself.

We also must not forget what Yahweh told his people at Mt. Sinai, which Jesus recalled: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, strength, and mind.” But there’s more: “And love your neighbor as yourself.” Do this and you will live to enjoy all God has promised (4:1).


Keep us from forgetting your law, or looking lightly upon it, O Lord. Amen.