"I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death...choose life...loving the LORD your God...for he is your life."
If you stopped ten people on the street and asked them to define life, how many do you think would include the LORD God in their answer? In Moses' declaration setting before the Israelites "life and death," he stipulates the LORD is not only their life but the length of their life.
Jesus made the same claim. "I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die." (John 11:25-26) "This is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ who you have sent." (John 17:3) Paul agreed with Moses and Jesus. "For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory." (Colossians 3:3-4)
LORD God, forgive me for thinking and acting as if life is something that just happens. In a culture that teaches life arose purely by chance, it is easy to lose sight of the fact that life is the person of Jesus Christ. Thank You for the simplicity of Moses' statement. Today, I set before you life and death. Choose life. The LORD, your God, is life. Please LORD set this in my heart, mind, and will. You and You alone are my life. I have none apart from You.
As we have discussed before, the best commentary on the Bible is the Bible itself. So when I see one passage explaining or giving insight to another passage, I perk up.
In Jesus' first public sermon, he began by describing the distinguishing marks of the blessed person. The Psalms contribute a lot to understanding who is blessed. Psalm 32:1-2 is the first I think of, "Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man against whom the LORD counts no iniquity, in whose spirit there is no deceit."
But when I think of being blessed, Isaiah 57:15 always comes to mind. "For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite."
The word revive used twice in this passage is an interesting word in the context of today's reading. It is the same word we read yesterday in one of Jesus' responses to the devil. Matthew 4:4 says, "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God." The Hebrew word for revive and live is the same word defined as to keep alive, leave alive, or make alive.
Can you think of anyone more blessed than the person who has the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy, dwelling with them? This "blessed" person in Isaiah 57:15 is the same one described as "You have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory." Now that is what I would call BLESSED!
LORD Jesus, to know You and be known by You is life. Thank You for knowing me and allowing me to know You and the Father, the only true God.