“And the Lord heard your words, when you spoke to me. And the Lord said to me, ‘I have heard the words of this people, which they have spoken to you. They are right in all that they have spoken. Oh that they had such a heart as this always, to fear me and to keep all my commandments, that it might go well with them and with their descendants forever! Go and tell them, “Return to your tents.” But you, stand here by me, and I will tell you the whole commandment and the statutes and the rules that you shall teach them, that they may do them in the land that I am giving them to possess.’" (Deuteronomy 5:28-31 ESV)
The Lord told Moses to “GO and tell them!”
Each time the people asked something of Moses, God overheard them. The Israelites told Moses to go near and listen to God for them. The Israelites even told Moses to tell them everything God was saying. They could have listened to God themselves. God said, if only they had such a heart to fear Me and keep all my commands, they would prosper forever. But, they didn’t listen. So Moses had to be the one to speak to them.
“Be careful to do as the Lord your God has commanded you.”
The truth is that the people heard God’s voice and were afraid. God had just given them the 10 Commandments, and they didn’t like what God had to say about the instructions for living His way. This wasn’t the first time they heard of them, either. In Exodus 20, these instructions were given to the first generation of Israelites, and those family members would have spoken those instructions and urged children to memorize the 10 guidelines for loving God and loving others. God, in His infinite wisdom and grace, felt this new generation needed the reminder. Isn’t God patient?
In the Israelites’ stubbornness, God allowed Moses to speak on His behalf. The people were to listen and repeat the words Moses delivered so that the oral tradition would be passed down to the next generation and so on. Well, guess what? This is all too familiar. Our generation is in need of a voice. We can be the Moses to this generation, reminding them how to love God and love others. The Lord God is asking us to “Go and tell them!”
Here are some possible ways you can share this month:
Give encouraging words to those around you. Show gratitude.
Keep informal conversation going by showing an interest in others.
Invest time in others by giving genuine care and showing love. It’s uncommon.
Ask for prayer requests. Let God speak through the words He impresses on you in prayer.
Ask questions like: How does faith play a role in your life? Who do you lean on in a time of need? What are some questions about God that you would like to investigate together?
May God strengthen you for His work,
Women’s Ministry Director
Burke Community Church