BILL’S BLOG ENTRY #37

From “Discipleship and Discipline” by William H. Hicks, copyright March, 2005:

“In Deuteronomy 30: 10 – 14, the discipling transaction is repeated again and again: “if you obey… to keep His commandments” (v.10); “make us hear it, that we may observe it(?)”… (v.12); “make us hear it that we may observe it(?)” (v.13)… “But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may observe it.”(v.14)(Please see also Romans 10: 8 – 10). The Word describes and emphasizes the process of discipling: hear and observe so as to perform.

The circumstances or manner of our “living“, as noted in Deuteronomy 30: 6, is explicitly detailed in verses 15 – 20 of Deuteronomy 30: “See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, and death and adversity; in that I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways and to keep His commandments and His statutes and His judgments, that you may live and multiply, and that the Lord your God may bless you in the land where you are entering to possess it.  But if your heart turns away and you will not obey, but are drawn away and worship other gods and serve them, I declare to you today that you shall surely perish.  You shall not prolong your days in the land where you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess it.  I call upon heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse.  So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants, by loving the Lord your God, by obeying His voice, and by holding fast to Him; for this is your life and the length of your days…” 

The foundation of these verses is Deuteronomy 6: 3 – 9, wherein the “life” of a disciple is described in some detail.  Deuteronomy 6: 3, especially, describes well the life and responsibilities of Christ’s disciples: “O Israel, you should listen and be careful to do it, that it may be well with you and that you may multiply greatly, just as the Lord, the God of your fathers, has promised you, in a land flowing with milk and honey.”

About THE DISCIPLE

William H. “Bill” Hicks is a graduate of Wesleyan University, BA, Religion, 1971 who also holds a Masters in Public Health Degree (MPH) from the University of Oklahoma Hudson College of Public Health (1973). Bill also has studied at the Dallas Theological Seminary. He grew up in Harlem, New York City, USA during the 1950s and 1960s, graduating from high school before attending Mount Hermon Preparatory School and undergraduate school in Connecticut. He has spent most of his professional life in the public health arena, while being constantly in ministry. He received his license to preach the Gospel at Oklahoma City, OK in 1971. He has written extensively on Christian topics. He enjoys life in Chattanooga, TN with former District Public Defender Ardena Garth Hicks, his wife of 30 years. They have two daughters, Rachel (BA, University of Memphis magna cum laude, 2014) and Sarah (Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude, Global Scholar, University of Tulsa, 2017).
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