Do Your Words Lift Weights or Place Weights?

Your words do carry weight but your words should never weigh others down.

Video Transcription

Hi and welcome back to daily Bible promises with the twist and today as always we’ll start off by reading the New International Version and we’ll be reading Deuteronomy 33:27 – “The eternal God is your refuge and underneath are the everlasting arms.”

And today we’re going to be reading verse 27 in a context using the new American Standard Bible but we’re going to be reading from verse 26 to verse 29. These are the very last words of Moses to the nation of Israel. “There is none like the God of Jeshurun, Who rides the heavens to your help, And through the skies in His majesty. The eternal God is a dwelling place, And underneath are the everlasting arms; And He drove out the enemy from before you, And said, ‘Destroy!’ So Israel dwells in security, The fountain of Jacob secluded, In a land of grain and new wine; His heavens also drop down dew. “Blessed are you, O Israel; Who is like you, a people saved by the Lord, Who is the shield of your help And the sword of your majesty! So your enemies will cringe before you, And you will tread upon their high places.”

Moses could have taken this very last opportunity to speak to the people that he had led for over 40 years. He could have reminded them of the really important laws and regulations, just making sure that they remembered all of the rules and the commands and the things that he wanted them to do. He could have scared them to death by reminding them of all the bad things that would happen if they dared break the covenant that they had made with Yahweh. But he didn’t do that either.

Instead, he chose to bless every one of the tribes of Israel. He spoke life and promise and hope into them. He called out their destiny. He reminded each tribe of who they were and the unique blessings that God was pouring over them as a tribe. He was also reminding the corporate nation of Israel of who they were, whose they were, and the favor that was on their life because of the goodness of God. His blessings lifted a heavy weight off of their shoulders because they knew Moses would not be going with them into the Promised Land.

So, how do you want people to remember your last conversation with them? Do you want them to remember your hope-filled, truth-infused words of blessing and encouragement or do you want them to remember the heavy weight that you placed upon their shoulders?

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