Friday: 9th August, 2019
Reference text: Deuteronomy 4:32-40
Deuteronomy 4:32 “Now search all of history, from the time God created people on the earth until now, and search from one end of the heavens to the other. Has anything as great as this ever been seen or heard before?
A precedent can be defined as ‘an earlier event or action that is regarded as an example or guide to be considered in subsequent similar circumstances’. Thus, in law, precedents are used to guide judgements. However, where there are no precedents, there are always landmark rulings which are now become precedents. Likewise, in medicine, there are pioneering treatments and surgeries.
But how do precedents come about? The answer: ‘Because there is a first time something happens’. What we can gather from the monologue of Moses to Israel follow not along the lines of precedence, but pioneering. He actually encourages them to travel back in time, make enquiries and to check if there has been a precedent to the things they were experiencing as a nation.
I know there are things in my life about which I believe this message directly applies because those things that have happened only in my life- I have been the recipient of some pioneering opportunities and experiences. If you journey back in time while reflecting on your own life, you will find clear evidence of all the pioneering things God has done in your life.
there doesn’t have to be a precedent when God is moving.
He doesn’t need an example to follow in doing what He wants to do with you and for you, for these are His words: ‘Behold I do a new thing, can you not see it?’
You can be the first, the first person for whose sake all the rules will be turned on its head.