Sermon (2018.1.4) Chris Morton: Deuteronomy 6
November 7th, 2018 | Daniel Read
This Sunday, Chris Morton shared about the importance of memory for our life, legacy and culture from Deuteronomy 6:1-12.
1These are the commands, decrees and laws the Lord your God directed me to teach you to observe in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess, 2 so that you, your children and their children after them may fear the Lord your God as long as you live by keeping all his decrees and commands that I give you, and so that you may enjoy long life. 3 Hear, Israel, and be careful to obey so that it may go well with you and that you may increase greatly in a land flowing with milk and honey, just as the Lord, the God of your ancestors, promised you.
4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.
10 When the Lord your God brings you into the land he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give you—a land with large, flourishing cities you did not build, 11 houses filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide, wells you did not dig, and vineyards and olive groves you did not plant—then when you eat and are satisfied, 12 be careful that you do not forget the Lord, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.
Questions to consider:
1. Consider your life: What stories or memories from your life do you share the most? If you were to focus on stories of how God has provided for you, what would they be?
2. Consider your legacy: What do you want people to take away from their interactions with you? If you have kids, what do you want them to remember about you? What stories should you be telling them to achieve that goal?
3. Consider our culture: Read vs. 7-8 again. “Mezuzahs” are a tradition of taking this literally. Logos, catchphrases and memes serve as “Mezuzahs” from advertising, entertainment, politics, etc. Think about the stories of how God has provided for you. What kind of mezuzah’s could you create to remind you of God’s presence and provision?