“Love the Lord your God and keep His requirements, His decrees , His laws and His commands always.” -(Deut; 11: 1)
Dear believers in Christ,
This Bible portion is an address by Mosses to Israelites. Heritage is passed on
from generation to generation, witness is the authentic expression of heritage ;
reformation means making a effectual witness at a particular time and context.
HERITAGE:- is based on God’s covenant with Israel; their election and liberation
history are part of their heritage. Living out this heritage is their witness. God’s
covenant with them included divine promises as well as their obligations, they were a
covenant community; it was God’s on covenant and based on God’s gracious initiative.
The Abrahamic covenant is an unconditional promissory covenant, but the Mosaic
covenant on Mount Horeb is a covenant of obligations, subject to blessings and curses,
in case of obedience or disobedience. This second type of covenant and the laws, which
were given to help people, were renewed or reformed on the basis of God’s forgiving
Grace. When we move from Mount Horeb to Calvary hill we see a new covenant signed
by The Blood of Jesus Christ.
WITNESS:- Both the Israelites and Christians are heirs to these covenants; we are
witnesses to this heritage and have responsibility to pass it on to others by living out or
doing the Gospel. Our whole way of life should be a testimony to the Grace and Mercy
of God. We are supposed to be mirrors reflecting the image of God.
REFORMATION:- We see three unifying factors in this text, which are one people, one
God and one worship. To make sense of their long history and their covenant
relationship with God it is an ongoing reformation necessary and it so now in our
continued existence as the new Israel through the new covenant. Reformations over the
centuries of the Mosaic laws. Instructions and rituals were primarily for preserving for
the purity of worship. Reformation of our church were also for preserving the purity of
worship through the liturgical revision and scripture based living. Reformation is not a
static event, it is an ongoing sacred movement under the guidance of the Holy Spirit for
the God given mission and witness of the Church. This month we have our important
program church retreat. We need your prayer participation and whole heartedly support
for the success of Church retreat. Please note all the upcoming Church events and
deliberately find time in your busy schedule for God’s glory. May Almighty Lord bless
each one of us by His Grace and love.
With love and Prayer