“You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.”
Deuteronomy 6:8 ESV

It is no doubt that the word of God is important in our daily lives as we navigate this world. Moses emphasized this need to the Israelites in our anchor scripture. Let’s look at earlier verses to understand the context by which he was speaking.

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.” Deuteronomy 6:4-7 ESV

The Israelites were about to enter the promised land after a long journey through the wilderness when Moses gave them this commandment.

He said these words to prepare them for life in a foreign land with foreign people, so that they keep their faith, even in a system of contradiction like Canaan.

Thousands of years later, Jesus quoted this verse as the greatest commandment (Matthew 22:36-37). Even much later, the Apostle John referred to Moses’ analogy in his revelation about the end time. Let’s look at that in more detail.

“It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name.” Revelation 13:16-17 ESV

We’ve heard of a mark of the beast given to people on their heads and hands at the end of the age. But it’s not a new thing. As we see from our anchor scripture, Moses first used that analogy to signify that the word of God has to constantly be in and around us.

As real as this mark is, the number ‘666’ specifically referred to the Roman emperor and power system in John’s time, who made life difficult for Christians. Therefore, our response to the mark of the beast in our day is a strong resolve to stand firm in spite of contradictions from the current power system.

Beloved, in this year of light, you will step into influence and great things come with great temptations, which you must be prepared for.

Anything that tries to command allegiance from you apart from God is the mark of the beast (1 John 4:3), and you should know how to function as a Christian in an environment of contradictions.

Like Daniel, walk into Babylon with the word in your heart and hand. Do well to discern the Babylon of our time and choose to stand out in the midst of it.

Bible Reading Plan
Luke 4:38-44, Philippians 1:1-11, Psalms 119:105-112, 2 Kings 1-3

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