Words from the Heart for Friday January 8th, 2021
Walk in all the way that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess.
Deuteronomy 5:33 (NIV)
Live Long and Prosper
The old Canadian five-dollar bills had a picture of Canada’s seventh prime minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier. Five or six years ago, before those five-dollar banknotes were replaced, you would often find one that had been “Spocked.” With a black marker and a little artistic ability, it was easy to change the venerable old PM into an uncanny likeness of the first officer on the original Star Trek series. I suppose it gave a whole new meaning to “live long and prosper.”
Our Bible verse for today proves that we live in a day where Biblical illiteracy is rampant. Just watch what happens when a Biblical category pops up on Jeopardy. Many of the contestants who have a broad knowledge of many subjects look like deer in the headlights when faced with some pretty simple Bible questions. Let me illustrate. If I say “live long and prosper” what immediately comes to mind? I’m guessing “Spock from Star Trek.” You would be correct, of course, but did you know that Leonard Nimoy, the actor who portrayed Spock, was Jewish? And he took that phrase from the Bible? Deuteronomy 5:33 says, “Walk in all the way that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess.” There is a Biblical caveat to the greeting “live long and prosper” and I’m guessing many people, even Christians, are not aware of this. A person will only live long and prosper when they “walk in all the Lord your God has commanded you.” Living long and prospering is only possible for the person who is committed to Jesus and walking in His way.
These have been words from the heart.