Stewardship Commission (MEESC)
Episcopal Diocese of Minnesota
Year B, Proper 14, Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Lesson
Be careful to follow every command
I am giving you today, so that you may live and increase and may enter
and possess the land that the LORD promised on oath to your forefathers.
Remember how the LORD your God led you all the way in the desert these
forty years, to humble you and to test you in order to know what was in
your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands. He humbled you,
causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you
nor your fathers had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread
alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD . Your clothes
did not wear out and your feet did not swell during these forty years.
Know then in your heart that as a man disciplines his son, so the LORD
your God disciplines you.
Observe the commands of the LORD
your God, walking in his ways and revering him. For the LORD your God is
bringing you into a good land-a land with streams and pools of water, with
springs flowing in the valleys and hills; a land with wheat and barley,
vines and fig trees, pomegranates, olive oil and honey; a land where bread
will not be scarce and you will lack nothing; a land where the rocks are
iron and you can dig copper out of the hills. When you have eaten and are
satisfied, praise the LORD your God for the good land he has given you.
Reflection on Deuteronomy 8:1-10
by the Rev Dcn Helen Hanten
God led the Israelites for 40 years in the wilderness teaching them
that they were dependent on God alone. Their faith was tested, and
rewarded when they had learned to walk in the way of the Lord. They
were told of a promised land--a good land where God would lead them, with
streams and springs of fresh water, a place where grains would grow, and
trees and vines would produce fruit. The rocks of the hills would
yield iron and copper. It was God's gift, this promise of a good
land. How often we take these gifts for granted! Everything
that pollutes the air or water, making it less usable for living beings
devalues this gift from the creator. The Israelites were told they
would eat their fill and bless the Lord their God for the good land they
had been given. How often we eat our fill and neglect to bless the
Lord, and neglect to preserve the good land that is God's gift to us!
To Reflections on other Readings for this
Dcn Helen Hanten is a deacon emeritus of St.
Andrew's by the Lake Episcopal Church, Duluth, MN. She originally wrote
this reflection in 2003. Helen and we welcome your comments. Please
address your comments or additional reflections to
Dcn Helen Hanten or any MEESC
member, or mail them to:
Holy Trinity Church
Elk River, MN 55330-0065 USA
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