In remembrance of God's word

Remembering God’s word really is a big thing – I keep seeing it all over God’s word. I was reading this morning from Exodus and came upon Exodus 13: 16 which says, “It shall be as a sign upon your hand and as frontlets between your eyes, for by the strength of hand the Lord brought us out of Egypt.”. This scripture is referring to a few things: God’s redemption of the Israelite’s firstborn animals and children whilst the Egyptians’ firstborn died via God’s intervention. The highlighted idea is ‘remember’..’remember’’s basically saying ‘Do not forget what God has done in the past.” So, I looked up the word, “frontlets” and found it in four(4) places in the Holy BIble.

Deuteronomy 6: 4 – 9
4 “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one! 5 You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. 6 “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

You can look up the rest  on your own perhaps..but here they are:
Deuteronomy 6: 13 – 21
Exodus 13: 11 – 16
Exodus 13: 2  – 10

You know the Israelites and subsequently modern day Jews took this thing literally and made this command into a physical attachment to their forehead and hand worn during prayer – called a phylactery (plural: phylacteries) – also called by Jews, a ‘Tephila of the Head’.

Phylactery or Tephila
Phylactery or Tephila

Clearly, the point was missed. In all the passages, it says – ‘shall be AS a sign on your hand……AS frontlets between your eyes’. It’s an analogy and the likeness is made to help the hearer/reader understand how God’s word must be regarded. So, in truth what it is saying is to keep God’s word always before you (in your heart, ready to conjure up as situations related occur) and to do it (upon your hand referring to the ‘doing’ of the word). do YOU remember God’s word?


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