Poor thing. No one wants to see a dog in this kind of distress. At least in his predicament he can see through the glass that his owners are trying to help him. I cannot imagine what motivated the dog to stick his head into this jar, but probably he did it on the sly. Surely, his owners would have loudly discouraged his behavior. But there was no hiding his disobedience after the fact!
Today’s verse concerned the Israelites who had made promises to God and were thinking about putting their own interests first before fulfilling them. Moses reminded them of their obligations and the Lord’s specific commands. They did the right thing and were rewarded with possession of the land. Probably, the warning Moses gave the people was added motivation!
I would like to think that I am always motivated to obey the Lord out of my love and gratitude to Him for all He has done for me. But to be brutally honest with myself, sometimes it is the idea of this accountability to the Lord that motivates me. He is my Father and I am His child. He is not going to allow me to continually and blatantly disobey Him. The Lord will lovingly but surely discipline those He loves (Heb. 12:6). My sin will find me out and be obvious to myself and others if I ignore all His attempts at correction and conviction. He will allow the consequences of my wrongdoing to humble me to my knees. But what love and restoration I find there!
Thank you Lord, for loving me and forgiving me in spite of myself!