Day 18: Integrity

Today’s reading: Deuteronomy 19-28, Ps 27

Moses’ final instructions to the people of Israel continue in today’s chapters, concluding with a stern warning–failure to adhere to God’s commandments will have disastrous consequences.

Included in these commandments is the expectation that the Israelites will show integrity in their business dealings with one another: “Use only one weight, a true and honest weight, and one measure, a true and honest measure, so that you will live a long time on the land that God, your God, is giving you” (Deuteronomy 25:15). In previous days, we have seen plans being carefully laid so that there will be a fair and just distribution of resources in the land–everyone will have enough. Yet, before the Israelites have even reached the land, the threat exists that they will resort to cheating and deceiving one another in order to get more than their fair share.

This kind of behavior violates not only the other person, but also one’s relationship with God. It fails to remember all that God has already done and, therefore, fails to trust God to provide for one’s future. Perhaps this is why the very next set of instructions is on the practice of bringing firstfruits to the Altar. Setting aside a portion of what one has received as an act of remembrance and gratitude to God helps shield us from the temptation to become greedy.

Today, integrity is one of the concrete ways we can live out our faith. When we commit to deal honestly with others in all things, we show honor to one another and reverence to God. A community bound by honesty and integrity, and responding to God’s providence with remembrance and gratitude, will not easily be broken.

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4 Responses to Day 18: Integrity

  1. Dale DiNunzio says:

    With just a little over 2 weeks into our reading, I just want to thank you for your daily guidance and help. Don and I are really enjoying reading the Bible together for the first time ever. We feel empty until we can find the time to sit down and go our the daily journey. Steve, your posts and others’ comments have been very helpful. We have been using a Kindle version of the Bible while we are in NY and also following the same daily passages with the on-line Message Bible. We even get a chuckle or two from the Message version, but we don’t lose sight of what the Israelites were living through. Thank you again for all you do!

    Dale and Don DiNunzio

  2. Matt and Brooke says:

    We have been using a “One Year Through the Bible” book alongside our daily readings and today it gave great clarity to the readings. All week we have been thinking how overwhelming and tough the pages and pages of instructions for the Israelites have been. However, today our resource guide offered the notion that these verses can be viewed as orange construction cones. Sometimes looking at a list of instructions and curses can give us the idea that God has a bad temper, etc., but instead these restrictions can be seen as “loving warnings about the plain facts of life.” Like an orange cone signaling danger or construction, God is warning to stay away from dangerous actions. What a different way to look at these passages!

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