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Immerse: Beginnings, Week 15

Choices

Many of our favorite movies have a conflict that revolves around a major choice the protagonist must make. In the Disney version of Hercules, the main character had to decide between being mortal vs. immortal. In the Little Rascals Alfalfa had to decide between his fellow “he man woman haters” and Darla. But one of the most famous of them all is the battle between the dark and light side which almost every major Star Wars character came to face. From the outside, many of these decisions seemed so clear cut, but in real life, making the right choice isn’t always so straightforward. In week 15 of Immerse: Beginnings, the Israelites were given a very important responsibility: to uphold the laws and commands the Lord had given them. They were to choose between a blessing and a curse. For them, not following the commandments meant they faced death. Not just their own personal death, but the death of their whole families, tribes, and even entire cities. In order to fully keep the commands and laws, they were told to:

  • Wholeheartedly commit – Obedience couldn’t be compartmentalized. Every aspect of your life is a reflection of God and should carry on until your death.
  • Teach each generation – It was noted that the children were not a witness to the miracles which occurred when they were brought out of Egypt. By speaking of these things, teaching the children the commandments, and being an example, they would ensure each generation could not claim ignorance.
  • Remove that which is evil – Whether it be idolatry, false prophets, or other sinful influences, we have to be willing to stand for what is good. When we eradicate darkness from our lives, we reserve a space for the light.

I’m so thankful Jesus was sent to rescue us from the Old Testament death sentence our ancestors had to contend with. I do not have to strive for perfection in order to gain salvation, nor am I called to burn down the communities riddled with sin in order for the gospel to thrive. What I do have is a responsibility to choose each day between clinging to God and clinging to the world. What choice will you make today? Will you be blessed by our redeemer or be cursed with the consequences of sin. To quote Master Yoda “To be Jedi is to face the truth, and choose. Give off light, or darkness, Padawan. Be a candle, or the night.” As we read through Deuteronomy, let us be reminded of the choices – both good and bad – Israel made and be challenged to choose wisely each day to be the light.

- Serena Maerkl