Trek through Deuteronomy
Scripture reading for March 13th: Deuteronomy 28-31, Luke 8
Key Scriptures: Luke 8:16-18 “”No one after lighting a lamp covers it with a jar or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a stand, so that those who enter may see the light. For nothing is hidden that will not be made manifest, nor is anything secret that will not be known and come to light. Take care then how you hear, for to the one who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he thinks he has will be taken away.””
Jesus taught His disciples in parables. With these stories, each person had to seek understanding and hear carefully because what was said had deeper meaning to those who would look and listen. Understanding was of utmost importance in this life and the life to come.
Deuteronomy 30:11-14 “For this commandment that I command you today is not too hard for you, neither is it far off. It is not in heaven, that you should say,’Who will ascend to heaven for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’ Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will go over the sea for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’ But the word is very near you. It is in your mouth and in your heart, so that you can do it.”
Prayer: Lord, thank You for revealing truth to us in our hearts and empowering us by the Holy Spirit to hear and do it. May that be so today. Amen.
Scripture reading for March 12th: Deuteronomy 25-27, Luke 7
Key Scriptures: Deuteronomy 26:17-19 “You have declared today that the Lord is your God, and that you will walk in His ways and Keep His statutes and His commandments and His rules, and will obey His voice. And the Lord has declared today that you are a people for His treasured possession, as He has promised you, and that you are to keep all His commandments, and that He will set you in praise and in fame and in honor high above all nations that He has made, and that you shall be a people holy to the Lord your God, as He promised.”
God declared in the hearing of all the people His covenant commitment to the nation of Israel. The people declared their allegiance to God in obedience to His law and voice. God promised He would honor His people and set them high above all the nations and that they would be holy. God would work out His plans in His time.
Luke 7:26-27 “What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. This is he of whom it is written, ‘Behold, I send My messenger before your face, who will prepare your way before you.'”
Prayer: Lord, thank You for treasuring the souls of men and making a plan to prepare a way of redemption through Your Son, Jesus. May I value what You see as valuable this day. Amen.
Scripture reading for March 9th: Deuteronomy 21-24, Luke 6
Key Scriptures: Luke 6:27-31 “”But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who cures you, pray for those who abuse you. To one who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also, and from one who takes away your cloak do not withhold your tunic either. Give to everyone who begs from you, and from one who takes away your goods do not demand them back. And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.”
Jesus gave strong instructions to His followers. Most were Jews instructed by God’s law on how to treat others. It was an ‘eye for and eye’ and ‘a tooth for a tooth’ that stood out to them. Now Jesus was telling them to love and do good even to enemies that would steal or harm. The new rule was “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
Deuteronomy 24:17-18 “You shall not pervert the justice due to the sojourner or to the fatherless, or take a widow’s garment in pledge, but you shall remember that you were a slave in Egypt and the Lord your God redeemed you from there; therefore I command you to do this.”
Prayer: Lord, thank You for treating me, Your enemy, with kindness and unmerited favor. By Your Spirit, make me attentive to showing love to all, even ‘enemies’. Amen.
Scripture reading for March 8th: Deuteronomy 18-20, Luke 5
Key Scriptures: Deuteronomy 18:15-18 “”The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brothers–it is to Him you shall listen–just as you desired of the Lord your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly, when you said,’Let me not hear again the voice of the Lord my God or see this great fire any more, lest I die.'”
Moses was reminding the Israelites just before he was to leave them in Joshua’s hands about what happened at Mt. Sinai forty years earlier. The people had begged Moses to go and hear from God for them and speak to them all that God said. They were so afraid that they might die from God’s presence. Moses told them God would indeed raise up another prophet like him who would speak the Word of God to them. 1500 years later, Jesus walked the earth ministering to the Israelites.
Luke 5:10-11 “. . And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.” And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed Him.”
Prayer: Lord, thank You for Your fulfilled promise in Jesus Christ! May we hear and follow His daily call and every Word. Amen.
Scripture reading for March 7th: Deuteronomy 14-17, Luke 4
Key Scriptures: Luke 4:17-19 “And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to Him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
Jesus began His ministry in His hometown of Nazareth. As a rabbi, He was given the opportunity to read the Scriptures at the local synagogue. He opened the scroll of Isaiah to quote 61:1-2(a). After reading, Jesus proclaimed that that Scripture had been fulfilled in their hearing. At first, the crowd marveled, but soon they became full of wrath and sought to do Him harm. Good news is often difficult to received by religious people.
Deuteronomy 16:18, 20. “”You shall appoint judges and officers in all your towns that the Lord your God is giving you, according to your tribes, and they shall judge the people with righteous judgment. . . . Justice, and only justice, you shall follow, that you may live and inherit the land that the Lord your God is giving you.””
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for Your clear mission and vision to bring justice and freedom to the poor, the oppressed, and helpless. May Your Spirit be upon me today to follow Your example. Amen.
Scripture reading for March 6th: Deuteronomy 10-13, Luke 3
Key Scriptures: Deuteronomy 10:12-15 “And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways, to love Him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the commandments and statutes of the Lord, which I am commanding your today for your good? Behold, to the Lord your God belong heaven and the heaven of heavens, the earth with all that is in it. Yet the Lord set His heart in love on your fathers and chose their offspring after them, you above all peoples, as you are this day.”
Moses told God’s people that God had chosen them to love and serve Him. God, who made heaven and earth and owned all of it, loved them and made promises to their fathers which He would keep. In light of this, a response of love and obedience was natural, required, and proper!
Luke 3:8-9 (John the Baptist) “Bear fruits in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children for Abraham. Even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”
Prayer: Father, thank You for the love You show through Jesus Christ. I respond with holy awe and offer my imperfect love and obedience. Amen.
Scripture reading for March 5th: Deuteronomy 6-9, Luke 2
Key Scriptures: Luke 2:49-52 “And He said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in My Father’s house? And they did not understand the saying that He spoke to them. And He went down with them and came to Nazareth and was submissive to them. And His mother treasured up all these things in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man.”
Jesus’ early years and growth until 30 years of age are summarized here by Luke. These few verses give us insight into Jesus’ early understanding of His mission and yet His need to fully submit to being human and growing up in this world under parental authority and experiencing temptations common to all people. Jesus knew that “He must be in Father’s house.”
Deuteronomy 6:4-5 “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is One. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down and when you rise.”
Prayer: Holy Father, today I want to be in Your house and learn Your Word and ways. Let me increase in wisdom and favor with You and those I interact with. Amen.
Scripture reading for March 2nd: Deuteronomy 3-5, Luke 1
Key Scriptures: Luke 1:30-33 “And the angel of the Lord said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call His Name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to Him the throne of His father David, and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.””
Luke records for us the record of Gabriel’s visit to Mary, the virgin betrothed to Joseph. Both were descendants of King David. However, the Son to be born in Mary’s womb, would be known as the “Son of the Most High” and would reign on David’s throne forever! God by His grace would fulfill the prophesies given over the past ages to His people and would fulfill His grand plan to restore the promised inheritance to His people of all nations.
Deuteronomy 4:5-8 “See, I have taught you statutes and rules, as the Lord my God commanded me, that you should do them in the land that you are entering to take possession of it. Keep them and do them, for that will be your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples, who, when they hear all these statutes, will say, ‘Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.’ For what great nation is there that has a god so near to it as the Lord our God is to us, whenever we call upon Him.”
Prayer: Lord, thank You for sending Your Son to fulfill Your laws and statutes in wisdom and understanding. Indwell me today by Your Holy Spirit that I might walk in Him. Amen.
Scripture reading for March 1st: Numbers 35-36, Deuteronomy 1-2, Mark 16
Key Scriptures: Deuteronomy 1:6-8 “”The Lord our God said to us in Horeb, ‘You have stayed long enough at this mountain. Turn and take your journey, and go to the hill country of the Amorites and in all their neighbors in the Arabah, in the hill country and in the lowland and in the Negeb and by the seacoast, the land of the Canaanites, and Lebanon, as far as the great river, the river Euphrates. See, I have set the land before you. Go in and take possession of the land that the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give to them and to their offspring after them.””
Moses was recounting God’s instructions to him and Israel after they received the Ten Commandments at Mt. Sinai. God’s people were to possess the land that the Lord had given them. They were to walk in faith and obedience. This is a precursor to Jesus’ final instructions to His disciples to take the Gospel to the entire world!
Mark 16:15-18 “And He said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the Gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: In My Name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.””
Prayer: Lord Jesus, fill me with Your Spirit today that I may walk in this world and declare the Gospel with the signs You will provide. Amen.
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)