Deuteronomy 14:1–2 (CSB)
1 “You are sons of the Lord your God; do not cut yourselves or make a bald spot on your head on behalf of the dead, 2 for you are a holy people belonging to the Lord your God. The Lord has chosen you to be his own possession out of all the peoples on the face of the earth.
This is a two line pericope, which would normally be very little to note. But I think there is much packed into these two lines.
- “You are sons of the Lord your God” – We are God’s adopted children, we have entered into His family. We are not strangers, we are not acquaintances, we are not even just close friends… we are family.
- “Do not [do weird stuff] on behalf of the dead” – So two thoughts on this: once someone is dead, things are kind of settled, and there is certainly nothing we can do, especially cutting our hair or flesh, that will change that person’s relationship with God. The other thought is that we should avoid serving or worshipping the dead.
- “You are a holy people” – We are not holy in and of ourselves, but because of who we belong to. When we submit and surrender to Christ, our sins are forgiven, making us holy. Again, not because what we have done, but because of what Jesus has done.
- -“The Lord has chosen you” – We are chosen by God. I believe all people are chosen, after all, God does not desire that anyone should die (2 Peter 3:9), but not all will accept the gift of salvation. But the point is this: no matter what, if God has not chosen us, we are doomed. But thankfully God is a loving and gracious God, and He has chosen us to be His!
Lord, thank You for choosing us, and then making us holy, so that we can be Your people forever. What a wonderful gift and promise! Help us to worship You alone, and spread Your gospel message to the world. Amen.