Dress Rehearsal

Joshua 8:35 There was not a word of all that Moses commanded, which Joshua read not before all the congregation of Israel, with the women, and the little ones, and the strangers that were conversant among them.”

Once the Pentateuch (the first five books of the Bible) was written, they began to read them to the people to remind them of all that God had done and promised.

There were times when then the Israelite people were close to God, and they read often. There were other times when those in charge did not do as God had commanded.

Looking back, we see the effect it had on the people. King Josiah’s day, it brought about a revival of worship and giving. During King Hezekiah’s day, the nation prospered under his reign because of it.

When the nation of Israel was in captivity, Ezra, the scribe, read all of the words to the remnant. Nehemiah worked to rebuild the walls as God was getting ready to bring them out of captivity.

To this day, the Old Testament is read in Jewish synagogues. Yet, for all the reading, their hearts are still blinded.

For us who are saved, are we content with escaping the fires of Hell and living as we desire?

Or are we pressed to show our gratitude for our salvation by giving back the life He saved for His use?

The transformation in my life has given me a keener awareness of God’s grace and mercy. I cannot look at what God has done in my life and selfishly live the way I want.

I feel I owe Him that much.

As Joshua rehearsed all that Moses had written in the people’s ears, it was to remind them of what they had committed and dedicated their lives.

Joshua 1:16-18 And they answered Joshua, saying, All that thou commandest us we will do, and whithersoever thou sendest us, we will go. According as we hearkened unto Moses in all things, so will we hearken unto thee: only the LORD thy God be with thee, as he was with Moses. Whosoever he be that doth rebel against thy commandment, and will not hearken unto thy words in all that thou commandest him, he shall be put to death: only be strong and of a good courage.”

We know from history that they did turn back, and they did rebel.

It is the rehearsal of God’s words in the ears of His children that will keep us accountable to all God has commanded.

But it is not just sitting in a place of worship to hear the Word of God preached. It is not just a gathering to study the Word. It is a personal, private meeting between God and me that He reveals to my heart what He desires for me today.

We may have read through our Bibles countless times. But, there is always a new application, a new revelation, or a perspective that we may have never seen before.

You can search the Word of God throughout our lives and never exhaust all that God has for us!

Actively memorizing God’s Word helps to rehearse those things that can hold us close. Whether of salvation and being a faithful witness to teaching and preaching to others, we can use His Word to draw others to God.

Isaiah 55:11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”

I can have all the right words to present the gospel. But it is the Word of God that is promised to break through the heart of stone.

Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

Let us be faithful to rehearse in our ears, minds, and hearts that which will bring about lasting change.

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