Part 5 of 7
Before the tribes separate, they openly declare their devotion to specific convictions. This is not merely a religious rite but a declaration of allegiance to truth. It is what is most important to them.
They vow to keep the commandment and the law. Together they announce their love for the LORD their God. In unison they declare their intentions to walk in all His ways. As a nation they will obey His commands. They will hold fast to Him. As a people they will serve him with all of their heart and soul.
If those of us who follow the LORD will do likewise then oddities like misunderstandings and human biases will be dramatically lessened. Instead of churches splitting and Christians ending fellowship, the Spirit will win over human limitations. Humans clinging stubbornly to their self-centered position that they are right will humbly defer all righteousness to God where it belongs.
This stirring national statement of spiritual commitment may have saved Israel from an unnecessary civil war. Today we who live in the focus of God’s grace have too often been a part of separations that never should have been allowed to fester into something exclusively human.