March 22, 2019 Daily Devotional
Read: Deuteronomy 33
“Of his father and mother he said, ‘I don’t know them’;
he didn’t acknowledge his brothers or children.
For he observed your word,
and he kept your covenant.” (Deuteronomy 33:9 CJSB)
With these words and others, Moses blesses the families of Israel. Yet how can Moses bestow blessings upon families when he declares the family of Levi are those who, “Say of their father and mother, ‘I don’t know them.’” Moses goes on to say Levi’s spiritual heritage did not acknowledge genealogical siblings, but chose to observe God’s word and keep the covenant. For Levi, truly, the blood of the covenant was thicker than the water of birth. Spirituality always ranks higher than heredity. Do not let this surprise you. When called to acknowledge His heredity, Jesus says, “My mother and My brothers are these who hear the word of God and do it.” (Luke 8:21 NASB) John elevates spiritual birth over natural birth saying, “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.” (John 1:12, 13 NASB) Jesus offers the coup de grâce to the flesh versus spirit debate, saying, “Do not call anyone on earth you father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven.” (Matthew 23:9 NASB) While we are to love and honor our dads and moms that it may go well with us in the land, it is loving devotion to God and God’s family that properly founds the individual to love his neighbor, be the neighbor heredity or not.
Today's Meditation: Love God. Love neighbor.
Look to the East,