Daily Thoughts : March 9th
Deut 23:14 For the LORD your God moves about in your camp to protect you and to deliver your enemies to you. Your camp must be holy, so that he will not see among you anything indecent and turn away from you.
I don't know about you but I find some of the contents of this verse mind-blowing. I've never noticed it before even though I must have read it a number of times. It is the thought that the Lord moved about the camp of Israel. The trouble is that we let our minds get focused in one way. For instance I have always only thought of the Lord residing in the Tabernacle whenever Israel camped, but this verses tells us that He was not restricted to just that one location. No, He moved about the camp.
Why did He do that? He did it to protect them and deliver them from their enemies, or to be more exact, to deliver their enemies over to them. Now that is interesting! He moved about in the camp to give their enemies over to them? How? What did that mean? Their enemies weren't actually in their camp, so what does it mean? Does it mean the (spiritual) enemies who would seek to sow doubt, unbelief, upset, discontentment and lots of things like that? Whatever else it does mean, it conveys a picture of the Lord who was close to the people, a holy God right in their midst.
For this reason they must watch their behaviour. Do we realise that the Lord is with us wherever we go and whatever we do? He sees all and is concerned about absolutely everything we are involved in within our lives and so nothing is outside His sphere of interest. Realise that the Lord moves about your home. How does that make you feel?
Perhaps the teaching about the indwelling Holy Spirit in every believer is one of the most important teachings in the New Testament, second only to the Atonement. It says God is in my 'camp', my life, He is there all-seeing and all-knowing AND all-understanding. But He IS holy and works to constantly enrich that sense of holiness - utter differentness - in us, to protect us from the enemies, the things that Satan would seek to sow in us to bring us down. Thank and praise Him for His presence in you.
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