Sunday, March 31, 2019
“For I know thy rebellion, and thy stiff neck: behold, while I am yet alive with you this day, ye have been rebellious against the LORD; and how much more after my death?” (Deuteronomy 31:27 KJV).
A Christian lady was expressing her frustration over her unsaved family members being “stubborn” as concerning believing on the Lord Jesus Christ. Or, in Bible terms, they are “stiffnecked.”
In today’s Scripture, Moses is issuing some parting counsel to the nation Israel. He will soon die, but they will enter the Promised Land under Joshua. The 40 years of wilderness wandering have just ended. They would have enjoyed the Land four decades earlier, but they rebelled against the LORD, and that generation died off never seeing the Land (Numbers chapter 14).
Today’s Scripture in context: “ And it came to pass, when Moses had made an end of writing the words of this law in a book, until they were finished,  That Moses commanded the Levites, which bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD, saying,  Take this book of the law, and put it in the side of the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, that it may be there for a witness against thee.  For I know thy rebellion, and thy stiff neck: behold, while I am yet alive with you this day, ye have been rebellious against the LORD; and how much more after my death?”
Imagine a willful horse being led in a bridle. As you pull it in one direction, its neck is unyielding. It refuses to obey your orders. Actually, it may even buck backward, moving in the opposite way you desire. That is the sinner defying God, or the nation Israel being “stiffnecked.” In the Book of Proverbs, we read, “So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding” (Proverbs 2:2). “My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings” (Proverbs 4:20). Imagine a man leaning his head down to hear the counsel of his wise father. His neck is flexible, allowing his ear to meet the father’s mouth. Alas, this is not Israel. She refuses to hearken to God’s advice….