Today you should read: Deuteronomy 31:1-13
Why do we meet together? Why, when our friends, coworkers, and neighbors are all sleeping in on Sunday mornings, do we gather? Even people who proclaim to believe in God or religion sometimes neglect to meet together. So why do we do it?
The passage we read today gives us some insight on Moses’ last days with the Israelites shortly before he dies and before the 12 tribes of Israel cross the Jordan River into the Promised Land. Moses encourages the whole multitude, as well as Joshua specifically by saying “Be strong and courageous… It is the LORD who goes before you… [and] he will not leave or forsake you.” In short, trust the God who has brought you thus far.
Verse 12 gives us good reason for why we as the church should meet often. “Assemble the people, men, women, and little ones, and the sojourner within your towns, that they may hear [the word of God] and learn to fear the LORD your God, and be careful to do all the words of this law” (emphasis mine).
Why should we gather? To hear the word of God! To learn to have a right fear and respect of God! And to meditate on and obey the word of God! This is not just to benefit us personally, either. This passage says to bring the men, women, children, and sojourners (i.e. wanderers, strangers, aliens) to hear the word of God. Ours is not a faith of selfishness, but one to be shared and spread.
A pastor once said, “If you come to church once a month, don’t be surprised when your kids only come once a year when they’ve left your home.” We are to gather regularly that those who hear the word of the LORD may put it to good use!
How are you using the teaching and preaching of God’s word to impact those around you?
By: Tyler Monroe — Worship Ministries Intern