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February 28, Deuteronomy 31-34

 

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A lot happens in these closing chapters of Deuteronomy.  First, Moses places the mantle of leadership on Joshua.  He calls on Joshua to be strong and courageous (31:7).  I chuckle at the next phrase:  “for you must go with this people.”  Maybe this is not meant to be funny, but I can’t help but think that part of Moses’ advice is “I know these people—you are going to need to be strong and courageous.”  These chapters also include a song that contains the basic blessings and curses of obedience and disobedience as Israel would enter the Promised Land.  I am reminded from this that some songs are meant to praise God, but other songs are intended to proclaim a message from God.  Next, these chapters contain a series of blessings intended for each tribe. The final days of Moses’ life brings two surprising revelations from God to Moses. 

  1. Deuteronomy 31:16—Israel will fail at keeping the covenant.  They will turn their hearts from God.  You might be tempted to say, “Then, what’s the use?”  But, understand that this is a final way of caution and warning, because what is not revealed is the exact timing of the turning away from God.  Every generation ought to live with this warning so that they might not be the generation that fails. 
  2. Deuteronomy 34:4—God allowed Moses to see the Promised Land.  I don’t think this is harsh, but rather a blessing for Moses to see the land.

 
Thus, the written record of one of the greatest men of all history closes.  To this day, not many others have walked with God the way that Moses did.

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February 27, Deuteronomy 27-30

 

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Moses brings his message to a close with a series of “blessings and curses.”  The curses will be the result of disobedience; the blessings will be the result of obedience.  It seems simple, doesn’t it?  On the basis of these blessings and curses, we ought to want to “choose life.”  (Deuteronomy 30:19)

When I think about these closing words of Moses, I cannot help but think of us. Somebody has said, “The problem with doing the will of God is not knowing the will of God, but instead deciding to do the will of God.”  God’s will was made plain for Israel(Look again at Deuteronomy 30:11-14).  God’s will is made plain for us through His revealed Word.  Next time you are frustrated as to why God is not making clear His will for your life, ask yourself how obedient you are being to His revealed Word.  Henry Blackaby said, “Why would God show you more of His will if you are not being obedient to what He has already told you to do?”  Good question!

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February 26, Deuteronomy 21-26

 

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As I re-read these laws today, I seem to only have this thought:  Everything in my life is under the realm of God.  He has a right to have a say in every part of my life.  As humans we resist that.  We want to control our life.  To illustrate this need for control, I use the analogy of boxes.

Most people would probably like to think of their lives as lots of boxes of different sizes. The label on one box reads family.  Another box is labeled career.  Yet another box is labeled hobbies, perhaps, until all of the components of one’s life have a box.  Most people even conclude that one of those boxes needs to be labeled God.  A person with right priorities might even recognize that the “God box” needs to be the largest box.  The separate box analogy, however, is not sufficient to describe a right relationship with God. God does not want to have one box among many in our lives.  Instead, God desires to be the one box in our lives, in which all other boxes fit.

As we read all of these laws again, just be reminded that the LORD of Life has a right to have a say in every area of your life.

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February 25, Deuteronomy 17-20

 

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Today’s reading is the continuation of Moses’ second sermon of Deuteronomy, which began in chapter 5.  The focus of this sermon is societal laws that would guide them in the Promised Land.  In Deuteronomy 17:14-20, Moses gives guidance concerning the kind of king that they should set over them.  I think that these concepts serve as good principles to the kind of men and women that we should set over us as our elected officials.Here you will find at least six, as I see it, guidelines for voting on a particular candidate.   

1.God’s person (15)—“whom the LORD your God chooses.”  Quite simply, you better make sure you are praying about the person for whom you are going to cast your vote.
 
2.  Citizen (15b)
 
3.  Person who will not seek personal gain from the office (16)
 
4.  Person of high moral standards in his personal life (17)
 
5.  Person who knows and practices the Word of God (18-19)
 
6.  Person of humility (20)
 

The Constitution only assures us that a citizen must be elected.  Securing someone with the rest of these qualifications is up to us—those who vote.  Now, what if this person does not exist on the ballot?  You know what—that may say more about us as the Church of Jesus Christ—that there is not one among us who would be called out to run. 

During election seasons, voter guides of every stripe are published.  I say that we cannot beat this Biblical guide to voting.

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February 24, Deuteronomy 12-16

 

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We have read these words before.  Deuteronomy meaning “Second Law” is just that—a second “giving of the Law.”  Knowing that this is true of this Scripture, I specifically asked the LORD to show me something that I could apply to my life this day.  I invite you to ask the LORD a similar prayer.Here is what I believe He showed me:  Deuteronomy 15:7-11. The LORD speaks to us in this passage to 1)  Help the poor and 2) Have a good attitude as we help the poor.  The words that stand out in the NIV are:  “hardhearted” (v. 7), “tightfisted” (v. 7), “openhanded” (v. 8, 11), and  “freely” (v.8).

I sure do have a lot of work to do.  My special prayer today is that I find someone in need who I can bless.  “LORD, let me do this with an open hand and without a grudging or judging heart.”

What will be your special prayer today?

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