Trek through Deuteronomy
Scripture reading for February 28th: Deuteronomy 34, Joshua 1-4
Key Scriptures: Joshua 1:8-9 “Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. The you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you: Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
As Joshua took over leadership at the passing of Moses, God spoke to him about his leadership. It was really a call to follow God through meditating and speaking forth God’s word! This would require great courage and strength but the rewards would be prosperity and success! God would be with Him all the way!
Thankful for Jesus: Jesus Christ, our “Joshua”, calls us to abide in Him and allow His Word to abide in us and we will be fruitful! “If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be give you. This is to My Father’s glory that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be My disciples.” (John 15:7-8)
Scripture reading for February 27th: Deuteronomy 30-33
Key Scriptures: Deuteronomy 30:19-20 “This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to His voice and hold fast to Him. For the Lord is your life, and He will give you many years in the land He swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.”
God invited the Israelites to choose life. In doing so, they and their children would enjoy a life of loving God and hearing His voice. He would be their life and bless them with long life in the land of promise! This involved a faith choice, an act of their will. If they failed to choose the curses of sin and death would overtake them!
Rejoicing in real life: Jesus Christ calls all men to repent and choose eternal life through Him! “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” “I (Jesus) am the way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 10:10, 14:6)
Scripture reading for February 24th: Deuteronomy 25-29
Key Scriptures: Deuteronomy 29:29 “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law.”
God made a covenant with His people. He had them recite the blessings that would overtake them if they obeyed God’s law. He had another group recite the curses that would come after them if they disobeyed and broke the covenant. This covenant truth was for God’s people then and for all generations. The Law revealed God’s holiness and love for His people, calling them to live by faith in every Word and ultimately in Jesus Christ!
Rejoice in the ‘mystery’ revealed: God, in Christ Jesus, revealed the mystery of salvation for Jew and Gentile through faith in Christ’s shed blood! “Although I am less than the least of all God’s people, this grace was given to me: to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for past ages was kept hidden in God, who created all things.” (Ephesians 3:8-9)
Scripture reading for February 23rd: Deuteronomy 21-24
Key Scriptures: Deuteronomy 24:19-20 “When you are harvesting in your field and you overlook a sheaf, do not go back to get it. Leave it for the alien, the fatherless and the widow, so that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands. When you beat the olives from your trees, do not go over the branches a second time. Leave what remains for the alien, the fatherless and the widow.”
In giving His law to His people, God took pains to instruct them in His plan to care for the alien, the fatherless and the widow. God cared for them and asked His people to leave the gleanings of their fields, orchards, and vineyards for the poor and needy. He promised to bless His people for doing this!
Rejoice in God’s loving care: God uses His people to help the weak, poor and needy because He is their provider and protector! “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” (James 1:27)
Scripture reading for February 22nd: Deuteronomy 16-20
Key Scriptures: Deuteronomy 18:17-19 “The Lord said to me: “What they say is good. I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers; I will put My words in His mouth, and He will tell them everything I command Him. If anyone does not listen to My words that the prophet speaks in My Name, I Myself will call him to account.””
The Israelites were afraid to hear God speak. They asked Moses to go up and listen and come and tell them what God had said. God told Moses that this was a good idea. In fact, God had plans to send another prophet just like Moses from among their own brothers. This “Prophet” would tell them everything God commanded and then they would be accountable to God!
Thankful for Jesus: God sent them this “Prophet” through the line of Judah and David. He said and did exactly the commands of His Father, God! “For Moses said, ‘The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own people; you must listen to everything He tells you. Anyone who does not listen to Him will be completely cut off from His people.” (Acts 3:22-23)
Scripture reading for February 21st: Deuteronomy 12-15
Key Scriptures: Deuteronomy 13:1-3 “If a prophet, or one who foretells by dreams, appears among you and announces to you a miraculous sign or wonder of which he has spoken takes place, and he says, “Let us follow other gods” (gods you have not known) “and let us worship them,” you must not listen to the words of that prophet or dreamer. The Lord your God is testing you to find out whether you love Him with all your heart and with all your soul. It is the Lord God you must follow, . . “
Moses warned the Israelites about false prophets. These might even come with signs and wonders. If they tried to lead the people to worship other god, they were to avoid them and take action to rid the community of these wicked prophets. God would test His people and their love for Him through these so-called prophets who tempted them.
Thankful for testing: We can rejoice in testing when we love God with all our hearts! “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.” (James 1:2-3)
Scripture reading for February 20th: Deuteronomy 7-11
Key Scriptures: Deuteronomy 10:3-5 “So I made the ark out of acacia wood and chiseled out two stone tablets like the first ones, and I went up on the mountain with the two tablets in my hands. The Lord wrote on these tablets what He had written before, the Ten Commandments He had proclaimed to you on the mountain, out of the fire, on the day of the assembly. And the Lord gave them to me. Then I came back down the mountain and put the tablets in the ark. . “
Moses had been given the two tablets with the Ten Commandments that originally God had inscribed during his initial 40 days on the mountain. On seeing the golden calf and the Israelites in profane worship, he broke the tablets in anger. Again, Moses prepared two more tablets and God graciously wrote the law and Moses placed these in the Ark of the Covenant.
Thankful for God’s writing: God wrote on stone tablets in Moses’ day, but now writes His law on the tablets of hearts who believe in His Son, our “Ark”! “You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.” (2 Corinthians 3:3)
Scripture reading for February 17th: Deuteronomy 3-6
Key Scriptures: Deuteronomy 6:4-7 “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is One. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children, . .”
The Israelites were admonished by Moses to remember that God is One! He is the One and only God who is worthy of their love. They must love Him with all that is within them. They are to show their love by keeping His commandments and impressing them on succeeding generations.
Rejoicing: Jesus set our example of loving His Father by keeping all His commands. He sent His Holy Spirit to live in us. “If you obey My commands, you will remain in My love, just as I have obeyed My Father and remain in His love. I have told you this so that My joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.” (John 15:10-11)
Scripture reading for February 16th: Numbers 34-36, Deuteronomy 1-2
Key Scriptures: Deuteronomy 1:29-32 “Then I (Moses) said to you, “Do not be terrified; do not be afraid of them. The Lord your God, who is going before you, will fight for you, as He did for you in Egypt, before your very eyes, and in the desert. There you saw how the Lord your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until your reached this place. In spite of this, you did not trust in the Lord your God.”
In Deuteronomy, Moses is recounting the history of the Israelites deliverance from Egypt and God’s dealings with them in their unbelief. God had been patient with them, even though most rebelled. This had cost those 20 years old or more to die in the desert, except for Caleb and Joshua. God had led them through the desert experience and carried them to the door of their inheritance!
Rejoice in the victory of Jesus Christ: Jesus Christ, our ‘Joshua’, carries us into our ‘rest’ and promised inheritance! “Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:28-29)
Scripture reading for March 1st: Deuteronomy 31-34
I have often told the Lord that I would like to leave this world like Moses, strong and vigorous to the last! I am a person who likes action and wants to be busy doing what God has for me. When my time comes to leave earth, I want to take one last look, and be gone! It would be great to have a successor who would carry on the work. I want to fight one last battle, give one last prophetic word, bless my family and church, and check out!
In Deuteronomy 31, we have the transfer of power and anointing from Moses to Joshua. Joshua had been faithful as a helper to Moses. He was by his side continuously. He went up on the mountain with Moses, at least part way. He was in charge of the Tent of Meeting. He was one of the twelve spies and had a “good report”. Joshua was picked by the Lord to succeed Moses. (Deuteronomy 31:14) Joshua was commissioned by the Lord to lead the people and promised God’s presence. (Deuteronomy 31:23)
God gave Moses a prophetic song that would encourage His people. His song commended the greatness of God, as the Rock of Israel. (Deuteronomy 32:3-4) It spelled out again the curses that would result from disobeying the covenant. (Deuteronomy 32:20-26) The song promised compassion and healing for those who returned to the Lord and those that remained faithful. Deuteronomy 32:36-43)
Deuteronomy 33 recorded the prophetic blessings on Israel and the tribes by Moses right before he checked out. These blessing tell of God’s love for His people. (Deuteronomy 33:3-5) There is one that I regularly claim: “Most blessed of sons is Asher: let him bathe his feet in oil. The bolts of your gates will be iron and bronze, and your strength will equal your days.” (Deuteronomy 33:24-25) May that be true of you and me!
Moses ended his journey by climbing Mt. Nebo in Moab and got a bird’s eye view of the promised land. God took him through a panoramic tour, and then took him home. (Deuteronomy 34:1-7) He was strong and vigorous and full of life to the last and he ever lives in God’s presence! Now that’s leaving well!