Different (Deuteronomy 14-16)

“For you are a people holy to the Lord your God.”  Deuteronomy 14:21b

“I admit it, I am a people watcher.”  Yes, it is true, people are always on my radar.  And boy are people oh so different from each other.

Recently, while traveling with my lovely wife, I spotted someone who was different.  This person stood out from the crowd.  They caught my attention.  They were so different that I found myself making a judgment about them based upon their obvious desire to be different.

Brothers and sisters, “God has called us to be different from the world.”

This is so clear in God’s direction to his chosen people in Deuteronomy 14-16.  Here is an outline of the chapters:

  • God directs his people to be different in the matters of eating and giving, Deuteronomy 14.
  • God directs his people to be different in the matters of the Sabbatical year and in the matter of the firstborn, Deuteronomy 15.
  • God directs his people to be different in the matters of The Passover, Feast of Weeks, Feast of Boots, and justice, Deuteronomy 16.

In each of these matters God says, “Stand out from the world.”

In chapter 14 we discover the purpose of a selected diet was to show the world the need for holiness.  In this same chapter we discover the purpose for having a kind heart in giving was for the care of the poor.

Consider this fact:  “Ours is a world that engages in every kind of unholy practice including the lack of care for the poor.”

As a Child of God we have been called to be different in all that we do.

Today, it is not dietary laws that distinguish us from the world, it is our holy practice in the world, Acts 10:17.  Today, it is not just our practice of every seven years in forgiving debt, it is our daily care for the poor around us, I John 3:17-18.

Only as we have a new heart in Christ are we able to be genuinely different because we are now different (II Corinthians 5:17).  Dear Father, “May I live this new life you have given me so that the world will know you are God alone!”

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