A wise people

by Mike Glenn

Our study about wisdom today is taken from Deuteronomy 4. In Deuteronomy 4:6, Moses anticipates that the possible attitude of the nations around Israel could be one that says, “Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.” Moses explains the reason they would say such a thing, “For what nation is there so great, who has God so near them as the Lord our God is in all the things we call upon him for? By the way, this was a great nation. They had all seen their fathers and mothers die in the wilderness. They had seen the amazing miracles of God in bringing them out of the land of Egypt and taking care of them for forty years in the desert. Of this generation and their children, it would be said that they remained faithful to the Lord during the days of Joshua and of the elders that outlived Joshua (Joshua 24:14-31).

The particular event which Moses recalls to the mind of the children of Israel and which is the epitome of wisdom in fulfilling their responsibility was the making of the covenant with God. There are many lessons in Deut. 4:13-40, but the sum of wisdom could be found in v. 9 where they were to teach their children and their grandchildren to remember and keep the covenant they made with God. Some points could be gleaned:

·A covenant is an agreement between at least two people. In a covenant with the Lord, each party make some promises, commitments (4:12-14).

·Our covenant with God (thus our promises and commitments) takes priority over every other, from something as trivial as a ball team to something as important as marriage. Actually, our covenant with God puts all other covenants in their proper perspective (4:10).

·It is the parents responsibility to pass on this covenant relationship to their children and grandchildren (4:25). It stands to reason that parents must live the covenant in order to show the kids how important the covenant is to keep.

·We will be a wise people if we keep the covenant we have made with God.

Get wisdom because it is the principal thing.