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Frances
Aug 17th 2010, 05:36 PM
Deuteronomy

Quote:- (Rev. David Pawson) “The context in which the Law was given for the second time. God brought the Israelites through the Red Sea first, then made a Covenant at Sinai. This new generation were going to see God . . . . take them through the Jordan which, at that time of year, was in flood and impassable. . . . . “The land the Lord your God gives you” occurs nearly 40 times . . . The Israelites were reminded that the land was an undeserved Gift. . “go in and possess the land” occurs nearly the same number of times. Salvation is a Free Gift from God, but we must ‘go in and possess it’ for it to be ours.

Deuteronomy 1

What does the text say?- Moses reminded the Israelites, who had all been children when their nation had arrived at Kadesh Barnea 40 years before, that their parents had refused to go and take possession of their Promised Land even though they’d seen the Power of God working on their behalf. The Lord had been angry and He said none of the adults, apart form Caleb, who wholly followed Him, and Joshua, who would take Moses place as leader, would enter the land He had promised His people. Moses also reminded them that their parents had changed their minds and decided to go with the Lord, but it was too late. They discovered the hard way that He was no longer with them, when the Ammonites drove them back from Seir to Hormah.

Application? – do I wholly follow the Lord God? Am I careful to always do His Will? Am I determined to follow Jesus Christ, at all times, to enable me to receive His Free Gift of Salvation? It is never too late to repent of lack of faith for those who submit their lives to Jesus Christ – the difficulty is the willingness to do so. Would I be wise to ensure I obey Him at all times? Could there be a danger that I would get so used to doing my will that I would not submit to Him in future?

Frances
Aug 20th 2010, 06:00 PM
Deuteronomy 2
What does the text say?- Moses continued telling the Israelites what had happened to their nation from the time they left Kadesh Barnea until they crossed the valley of Zared 38 years later, when all the men originally old enough to fight had died in the wilderness and the nation began to move to their Promised Land again. God forbade engaging the descendants of Esau, or the descendants of Lot in battle, but told them to cross the river Arnon and engage Sihon the Amorite king in battle and possess his land. They did so, but didn’t go near the Ammonites along the river Jabbok or anywhere else that God had forbidden.

Application - Has my disobedience in the past stopped me claiming what the Lord had Promised me? Am I always obedient to the Lord in every detail?
lication?-

Frances
Aug 21st 2010, 04:38 PM
Deuteronomy 3

What does the text say?- Then Og, king of Bashan, whose iron bed was 13ft. long and 6ft. wide, fought against the Israelites and lost, so they took all 60 of his cities and very many rural towns – only the animal’s lives were saved. This land was given to the tribes of Reuben, Gad, and half the tribe of Manasseh. This area extended from the middle of the Arnon gorge to the Jabbok river on the Ammonite border, also the Jordan valley from the Sea of Galilee to the dead Sea, between the river and the slopes of Pisgah. Moses reminded the people he had told Joshua that God would also fight with them on the West side of the Jordan. The Lord wouldn’t let Moses enter the land, but sent him to the top of Pisgah to look at it, then told him to commission Joshua and encourage and strengthen him, for the Lord would give His people all the land he could see. So they stayed in the valley of Beth Peor.

Application? – No one is more powerful than the Lord, so if I fight against Him I will not win. If the Lord leads me into Battle and fights with me, every opponent will be beaten. The Lord will not change His mind regarding the consequences of my disregarding Him, even if that was many years previously, however hard I have worked for Him since.

Frances
Aug 22nd 2010, 05:19 PM
Deuteronomy 4

What does the text say?- Moses said nothing must be added or taken away from the decrees and regulations God gave His people. They had seen how the Lord destroyed everyone who worshipped Baal, the god of Peor, and protected His people, so they must obey Him completely and Glorify Him among the other nations and their own descendants. The Lord will not tolerate His people worshipping other gods, whatever/whoever they may be, and if they did He would take away the land He was going to give them; however if they searched for Him with all their heart and soul they would find Him, even in the distant future. The Lord God is Merciful and will not abandon or completely destroy His people. No other nation has heard God speak and survived , and no other god had performed such miracles as their ancestors had witnessed in the past. Moses set apart 3 cities of refuge east of the river Jordan, between Mt. Hormon and the dead Sea below the slopes of Pisgah, for those who accidentally killed someone to live in safety – they were Bezer for the descendants of Rueben, Ramoth in Gilead for the descendants of Gad, and Golan in Bashan for the descendants of Manasseh.

Application? – Do I ever alter the clear meaning of God’s Word in any way? Do I obey Him completely? Does my life Glorify the Lord when I am in difficult or frustrating circumstances? Is anyone or anything more important to me than the
Lord God? If so He is angry with me and I risk losing the Blessings He has given me. If I stray from the Lord He will ensure I find Him if I devote myself to regaining a close relationship with Him. The Lord will not abandon me because He is Merciful. Have I ever unintentionally destroyed someone because I said something not 100% true?

Frances
Aug 24th 2010, 06:49 AM
Deuteronomy 5

What does the text say? – Moses reminded the people of God’s Commandments, that were given to their forebears at Horeb, when He said He was the Lord their God who had brought His people out of Egypt. He was, and must be, their only God. If other gods are worshipped their descendants, even their great, great, grandchildren will be affected; but His unfailing Love will be lavished on those who obey His Commands for a thousand generations. God’s Name must not be mis-used. The Sabbath must be set apart for rest and remembering the Lord. Parents must be honoured. No one may murder another person, or commit adultery, or steal, or say anything untrue about their neighbour, or covet what belongs to them. The people were reminded that their forebears recognised God’s Greatness, heard His Voice from the fire, and promised to obey Him in every way. Moses had been given the responsibility of teaching the people so they could obey Him and so live long and prosperous lives.

Application? – Do I teach my family the importance, to future generation, of obeying God and worshipping Him alone? Are the wishes, or requirements, of any other person or thing, more important to me than obeying Almighty God? Do I use ‘God’ or ‘Jesus Christ’ as an exclamation or swear word? Do I ‘keep Sunday special’ or one other day each week specially to worship God and rest? Do I honour my, alive or dead, parents? Do I murder reputations by repeating things that are not 100% true? Do I commit adultery in thought or deed? Do I take anything that is not rightfully mine? Do I covet anything belonging to another?

Frances
Aug 25th 2010, 08:52 AM
Deuteronomy 7

What does the text say?- Moses said when the Lord God gave His people the land of the Hittites, Girga****es, Amorites, Canaanites, Perrizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites they must completely destroy them, their gods and sacred pillars, or else they would be encouraged to worship other gods. Almighty God’s people must always remember they are holy (set apart) to the Lord God, chosen by Him for Himself and Loved by Him, He is Faithful to those who love Him and keep His Commandments; He also punished those of His people who do not honour Him. If God’s people keep His rules and regulations He will keep His Covenant of Mercy and Bless them in every way, then they will have no reason to fear those who seem more powerful, for the Lord God has much greater Power than them. The Lord God would not drive out all Evil at once, but little by little, and as they grew strong enough to be in control. All idols must be completely destroyed, including every desirable thing on them. On no account may anything dedicated to any other god be taken into a home or the occupants would suffer.

Application? – Have I destroyed everything in my home that has been dedicated to a false god? Could any souvenirs brought home from holidays, or something I’ve inherited, have been dedicated to other gods? Would I be wise to ask the Lord if there is anything I must get rid of? Do I always honour God in all I do and say? Do I recognise the full extent of God’s Mercy to me? Do I fully realise the extent of God’s Power?

Note:- The reason God intended the destruction of all idols/false gods was the vile practices (eg. Of sexual gratification and human sacrifice) that worship of them entailed.

Frances
Aug 26th 2010, 06:45 AM
Deuteronomy 8

What does the text say? – Moses said the people must take care to always do as the Lord had told them through him. They must remember that the Lord led them all the time through the wilderness for 40 years, to humble them and discover what was their heart’s attitude to Him. During that time they’d discovered that ‘man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that comes from God’ and that God disciplines His people for their own good, in the same way that parents discipline their children. When they are living in the Promised Land, enjoying all it’s benefits, they must be aware of the dangers of forgetting God and disobeying His rules and regulations; they must guard against pride in their achievements ignoring what God did for them, and that is the power He gives that enables success, and fulfils the covenant made with their ancestors. If they ever turn from the Lord God to other gods they will be destroyed.


Application? – Do I always remember to thank the Lord for every good thing I enjoy? Do I recognise all the times God has encouraged me to appreciate the Blessings He gives? Have I discovered the importance of heeding God and His Word? Have I experienced, or am I experiencing, His discipline? Have I learned from those disciplines the Lord has allowed for my ultimate good? Do I guard against the Sin of pride? Do I always remember I can do nothing worthwhile unless the Lord leads me? Where is the dividing line between pride in a job well done and sinful pride? Do I always remember all that the Lord has done for me? Do I always remember the Blessing to me of what Jesus Christ achieved on Calvary? Am I fully aware of the danger of turning, even slightly, away form the Lord?

Frances
Aug 27th 2010, 05:41 PM
Deuteronomy 9+10

What does the text say?- Moses told the people they would cross the Jordan that day; the Lord God was leading them and would enable them to overcome His enemies. They must not subsequently think that it was because of their own righteousness that the Lord gave them the land, because it was because of the wickedness of the dispossessed nations, and to fulfil His Promise to their forefathers. They must not forget the result of their parents disobedience, their rebellion against the Lord and what happened at Sinai and God’s anger against them and how he fasted another 40 days and nights before grinding the golden calf they’d made into powder; he also reminded them of their rebellion of not entering the land before when the Lord would have destroyed them if he had not intervened. Moses reminded the people of the 2nd time the Lord wrote His Commandments on stone, of the Levites special position among them and that the Lord requires His people to obey Him, to love Him, and serve Him with all their hearts and souls remembering that Heaven and earth and everything in them belong to Him.

Application?- the Lord enables me to overcome my enemies. Everything the Lord enables me to have is not because I’m righteous but because of His great Love. What do I risk if I ever rebel against the Lord? Do I remember God can demonstrate His anger as well as His Love towards me? Do I remind myself of times I have disobeyed the Lord and His Mercy towards me? Do I try the Lord’s Patience too much? Do I fully appreciate Jesus Christ’s intervention on my behalf? Do I always go where the Lord tells me, when He tells me to? Am I always obedient to the Lord? Do I always demonstrate my love for Him? Do I serve Him with all my heart and soul? Do I fully realise that heaven and earth, and everything in them, belong to the Lord God?

Frances
Aug 28th 2010, 06:39 PM
Deuteronomy 11+12

What does the text say?- Moses told God’s people they must love the Lord God and obey all His rules and regulations, and he reminded them again of God’s Greatness, in Egypt, at the Red Sea, and how He dealt with Sin, and said they must be careful to obey the Lord God at all times. If they always obeyed the Lord with all their heart and soul He would send rain each season to ensure good crops of grain, wine and olive oil, but if they worshipped other gods He would send no rain, they’d have no crops and would perish. Moses gave the people the choice between a Blessing if they obeyed God, or a Curse if they didn’t; and said they must proclaim the Blessings from Mount Gerizim and the Curses from Mount Ebal. They must completely destroy the gods the other nations have worshipped, their altars, pillars and idols. The Lord would show them the place He wanted to be worshipped and they must go there to offer their sacrifices to Him and rejoice before Him. They would be able to eat meat wherever they lived too as long as they didn’t eat any blood, for the life is in the blood. They must not even ask how the other gods of other nations were worshipped as they even sacrificed their sons and daughters to them in fire. The people must not add to, or take away from, the rules and regulations Moses gave them.

Application?- When I became a Christian did I eliminate every thing connected with my former life that displeased God? Do I meet with the Lord’s people to worship Him? Do we rejoice in His Presence giving thanks for His Blessings? Do I ever eat blood? Do I contribute to the upkeep of the clergy in my home town? Do my children suffer when I worship gods of (eg) sport, socialising or ‘doing good’?

Frances
Aug 29th 2010, 06:15 PM
Deuteronomy 13+14

What does the text say?- Moses said if anyone prophecies something that happens it doesn’t mean you should do everything they say; the Lord may use them to test you, to see if you truly love Him and will serve Him alone. Those who try to lead you away from Him must be put to death for they encourage rebellion against the Lord God. If anyone suggests you worship other gods don’t listen to them, they must be put to death, do not keep any of their things. You may only eat the ox, sheep, goats, deer, gazelle, addax, and antelope; you may eat any animal that has both completely cloven hooves and that chew their cud. You must not eat pigs. You may eat sea creatures that have fins and scales but not others. You may not eat any bird that eats carrion, eg eagle, vulture, buzzard, kite, falcon, raven, owl, seagull, jackdaw etc. neither may you eat any winged insect that walks on the ground, you must not eat anything that dies naturally. You must not cook a kid in it’s mother’s milk. You must give a tithe of 10% of your income to the Lord each year, 33% to go to the Levites and 66% to be taken to be enjoyed in the Lord’s Presence.

Application? – Because something I prophecy comes to pass does not mean everything that I say is right. Do I allow myself to be enticed away from worshipping the Lord God? I must not have anything to do with anyone who worships other gods. Would I be wise not to eat anything the Lord told Moses must not be eaten by the Lord’s people? eg. anything from a pig? Do I tithe my income in the way Moses said?

Frances
Aug 30th 2010, 06:26 PM
Deuteronomy 15+16

What does the text say? – Moses said at the end of every 7th year the debts between Israelites must be cancelled, but not debts foreigners owed. The Lord’s people would lend to many nations but not be ruled by them. The Lord’s people must lend their countrymen what they need, even if the year of release is near, for there will always be poor people. If one of God’s people becomes your slave you must release them in the 7th year of their slavery and give them provisions of meat, grain and wine. If that slave wants to stay with you, pierce their ear with an awl to indicate their lifetime slavery. The first born of all flocks and herds belong to the Lord, and must be eaten before the Lord each year in the place He chooses, after draining all the blood out of it. The Passover must be celebrated each year in Abib where the Lord chooses to be worshipped at sundown, but not at your home, and eating only unleavened bread. 7 weeks after the beginning of harvesting grain celebrate the Festival of Weeks(Harvest) bringing the Lord an offering in proportion to the Blessings you have received, remembering you were once slaves in Egypt. At the end of harvest celebrate the Festival of Shelters for 7 days when the threshing and wine-pressing is complete. At each of the 3 Festivals each man must go where the Lord chooses to be worshipped, with an offering. Each town must appoint judges who will not accept bribes to distort justice. No tree, or wooden image, may be placed near the altar for the Lord God.

Application? - Do I do what I am able to ensure no fellow Christian is in need? Do I budget wisely? Am I generous? Am I grateful for the generosity of others to me? Have I chosen to be the Lord’s slave for life? Has He put His mark on me? Do I give the Lord the first of my income for a party with other Christians? Am I careful not to eat any blood?

Frances
Aug 31st 2010, 05:50 PM
Deuteronomy 17+18

What does the text say? – Nothing defective must be offered to the Lord. Those who worship other gods must be stoned to death, and the witnesses must throw the first stones. Difficult judgements must be decided by Priests or Levites. Anyone who rejects the judgement of the Priest or Levite must die. A king must be chosen by the Lord, and will be one of His people; he must not make the people return to Egypt; he must not have many wives or much wealth, he must write for himself a copy of the book of the Law and read, and act on it, every day. The Priests and Levites will be given no land so will live on offerings the people give to God, whether it is an animal, grain, oil or wine, for the Lord God chose them to serve Him. The Lord God is giving His people the land because the present inhabitants sacrifice their sons and daughters to other gods, they practice witchcraft, act as mediums, diviners or spiritists, or call up the dead. The Lord God will raise up a powerful Prophet from His people, and God will deal with anyone who won’t heed what that Prophet says. Anyone falsely prophesying in God’s Name must die.

Application? – Do I give the Lord the best I have? Do I worship other gods? If I say anything against anyone I must say it publicly. Do I reject the judgement of a church leader?(they will be Judged by God if they are wrong). Do I read God’s Word each day? Do I imitate those who worship other gods? Do I heed what fortune tellers, witches, mediums, or those who cast spells say? Do I trust and obey Jesus Christ?

Frances
Sep 1st 2010, 06:02 PM
Deuteronomy 19+20

What does the text say? – When the Lord God drives the nations that are an abomination to Him out of the land, and you possess it, you must have 3 cities of refuge for those who kill another person unintentionally, but not for those who intend to kill; and if the Lord increases your land in future, you must add another 3 cities of refuge for those whose crime is unintentional. Two or three witnesses are necessary to convict a person of a crime; false witnesses must be given the sentence they hoped to obtain for the innocent person. When you see strong opponents do not fear the battle, for the Lord will go with you to fight for you. Those excused from fighting are those who have not dedicated a new house, those who are engaged to be married, or have a new vineyard or are fearful. All the people in the land the Lord is giving you must be killed or they will teach you to Sin against the Lord. Fruit trees must not be cut down to be used in a siege, but those that don’t produce any edible fruit may be used. Other cities you fight against, outside the land the Lord is giving you, must be given the opportunity to surrender and pay tribute, if they refuse fight against them and kill all the men, but you may keep the women, children, livestock and everything in the city as plunder.

Application? – Do I ever harm another person intentionally or unintentionally? Am I ever a false witness? If so, would I want the sentence I propose for my opponent? If I obey the Lord and do His Will I have nothing to fear. Do I stop others following the Lord because I am afraid of what might happen to me if I tell them of His Salvation?

Frances
Sep 2nd 2010, 06:09 PM
Deuteronomy 21+22

What does the text say? – If a murder is discovered in open country the town closest must take a heifer, that has not been worked, to a river and break it’s neck. The Elders of the town must wash their hands over it and pray for atonement. When a woman is captured in battle that you want for your wife she must shave her head, cut her nails, and wear new clothes and mourn her parents for a month before you have intercourse with her; if you don’t like her you must set her free. If a man has two wives who both have children by him, the eldest son must inherit the first-born’s portion even if his mother is not loved. If a son is rebellious then his parents must take him to the city Elders who will sentence him to be stoned to death. A dead body hung on a tree must be removed before night. If you see someone’s animal that has strayed you must take it back to the owner, if a donkey or ox falls down you must help the owner get it up again. A man must not wear a woman’s clothing and a woman must not wear a man’s clothing. You may take a bird’s eggs or young from the nest but not the mother with them. When you build a house you must build a parapet round the roof so no one will fall off of it. A vineyard must not be planted with different varieties, an ox and donkey must not plough together. You must not wear a garment made of different yarns (eg. wool and linen). You must make tassels on the corners of your garments. If a man thinks the woman he married was not a virgin her parents must show evidence of her virginity to the Elders, then the husband then must pay 100 shekels of silver, and he will never be able to divorce her, but if there is no evidence of her virginity she must be stoned. If a man lies with a woman married to another both must be stoned. If an engaged woman is raped in the countryside the man must die, as she does not deserve death, but if she is raped in the city they must both die because she didn’t cry out, but if the girl was not engaged the man must pay her father 50 shekels of silver, marry her and can never divorce her. A man must never take his father’s wife.

Application? – Do I wear similar clothing to those of the opposite sex? Do I return animals to their owner. Have I built a parapet around the roof of my house to stop anyone falling off? Have I ever had sexual relations with someone I'm not married to?

Frances
Sep 3rd 2010, 05:03 PM
Deuteronomy 23

What does the text say? – Those emasculated in any way must not be admitted to the assembly of the Lord’s people, nor may anyone within 10 generations of an illegitimate person. No Ammonite or Moabite, or any of their descendants for 10 generations, may enter the assembly of the Lord’s people - because they paid Balaam to curse the Lord’s people, but He turned it into a Blessing. Do not detest the Edomites and Egyptians. When at war stay away from anything impure. If a man becomes impure because of an occurrence in the night he must be outside the camp all day. A place outside the camp must be set aside for toilets where you must dig a hole and cover your excrement. The camp must be holy for the Lord is in it. If slaves escape from their masters you must not hand them back. None of the Lord’s people (male or female) may become a prostitute, and all their earnings are detestable to the Lord. Loans made to an Israelite must be free of interest, but foreigners may be charged interest. You must fulfil all vows to God promptly. Not making a vow is not a Sin. You may eat what you like from someone else’s vineyard must not take any away in a container. You may eat grain from anyone else’s field, but must not take any away.

Application? – What a Blessing that everyone is welcomed by Jesus Christ into His Kingdom and He is not concerned with who our ancestors were. Am I careful to always ensure good hygiene is adhered to? If I have any immoral earnings they will not be acceptable to God. Do I charge my relatives interest on money I lend them? If I make a promise to the Lord I must fulfil it at once. How would I feel if anyone helped themselves from my allotment or garden?

Frances
Sep 4th 2010, 05:05 PM
Deuteronomy 24

What does the text say? – A man who doesn’t like his wife may hand her a divorce paper and send her out of his house then she is free to marry another man; if her next husband either dies or divorces her then her previous husband may not marry her again. A newly married man will not be required to fight in the army or have any official responsibility for a year, but must keep his wife happy. No one may take part of a millstone as security for a loan. Anyone who kidnaps a fellow Israelite and mistreats him, or sells him, must die. The priests will give instructions if there is an outbreak of contagious skin disease. You must not keep a poor man’s pledge overnight. You may not take advantage of a labourer but must pay him each day. A person will only be put to death for their own sins. You may not withhold justice from foreigners or orphans, and never take a widows garment as a security for a loan. When you have collected your harvest you must leave what remains in the field for the strangers, widows and orphans, and what is left on your olive trees after shaking them off, and also what is left on your grape vines after the crop has been gathered.

Application? – Do I always keep away from other people if I have anything contagious? Or do I risk giving it to others? Do I ever take advantage of poor labourers, or do I pay them a fair wage? Do I always encourage justice for everyone? Do I give some of my produce to those in need to collect?

Frances
Sep 5th 2010, 07:45 PM
Deuteronomy 25

What does the text say? – A judge must not sentence a man to more than 40 lashes of a whip, or he may be humbled. You must not muzzle an ox treading grain. If brothers live together and one dies his widow must be married by the surviving brother, if he refuses to marry her the widow must tell the elders who will talk to him, but he may still refuse. If two men fight and the wife of one seizes the testicles of her husband’s opponent, her hand must be cut off. Your weights and measures must be accurate, dishonesty is detestable to the Lord. When you have possession of the Land the Lord will give you kill the Ammalekites as they have no respect for the Lord.

Application? – Do I always use honest weights and measures?

Frances
Sep 6th 2010, 04:20 PM
Deuteronomy 26+27

What does the text say?- When you are in the land the Lord God promised you, you must give Him the first produce from each crop, remembering how He has led you and your ancestors. Every 3rd year is the year to give all your tithe to the Levites, with nothing taken for any other purpose. All the Lord's rules and regulations must be observed at all times. The Lord’s people are His special treasure and must obey all His instructions so you will be holy to Him. You must write down the Lord’s instructions so they are remembered. You will go into the land the Lord Promised today. Half the tribes must stand on Mt. Ebal and half on Mt. Gerazim while the Levites proclaim the Curses of the Lord on anyone who makes an idol, anyone who treats their parents with contempt, anyone who moves a boundary marker, anyone who leads a blind person the wrong way, anyone who denies a foreigner, widow or orphan justice, anyone sexually immoral in any way, anyone who attacks another person, anyone who takes a bribe to kill an innocent person, anyone who does not affirm and obey all Moses instructions.

Application? – Do I give the Lord the ‘first fruit’ from all my sources of income? Do I remember all the Lord has done for me, and my ancestors, before I celebrate His Goodness? Do I pay all the tithes the Lord Commands? Have I publicly declared that the Lord Jesus Christ is my God? Do I always obey Him in every way? Do I ensure I am constantly reminded of the Lord’s rules and regulations? Do I realise the Lord’s Curses are to be feared?

Frances
Sep 7th 2010, 05:31 PM
Deuteronomy 28

What does the text say? – If you diligently obey all the Lord God says, all His Blessings will overtake you, you will be Blessed by Him in every area of your life, in your work, home, health and relationships, and those of your family; but if you do not obey Him all the Blessings He had intended will be Curses instead, and you and your family will suffer in work, home, health and relationships. If you obey the Lord you will be above and not under difficulties, but if you do not obey Him the sky will be like bronze and the earth like iron, your enemies will defeat you, and you and your family will suffer all kinds of calamities if you do not honour the Lord God in every way.

Application? – Do I honour the Lord in every thing I do, think and say? Do I suffer because of my, or my nation’s, actions in the past or present? Does each new development in technology honour the Lord or does it contribute to my distress? Do I remember to praise the Lord each day for all His many Blessings to me? Do I submit to Him and experience His Peace even in times of distress?

Frances
Sep 8th 2010, 06:01 PM
Deuteronomy 29+30

What does the text say? – The Lord commanded Moses to make another Covenant with the Israelites in Moab as well as the covenant He made with them in Horeb. Moses reminded them that though they’d been in the wilderness for 40 years their clothes had not worn out, and that they’d seen many other miracles so knew of God’s Power. If they wanted to prosper in the land the Lord was giving them they must obey Him. They must not deceive themselves into thinking they could disobey Him and have any power and not receive all the Curses itemised in the book of the Law, and their descendants would see a destitute wasteland. They would always be accountable to God and to keep His Law. When all these Blessings and Curses come upon you in future and you return to the Lord God and obey Him with all your heart and soul, then He will bring you back to the land He has given you. He will circumcise your heart so you love Him with all your heart and soul. Set before you is good and evil, Life and Death. You are commanded to love the Lord God, to walk in His Ways, and keep His Commandments, his rules and regulations; but if you worship other gods and serve them you will surely perish. I have given you the choice of Life and Death, Blessing and Curses, so choose Life and cling to the Lord your God.

Application? – Do I love the Lord God with all my heart and soul? Do I obey Him and all His rules and regulations? Or do I do what I want regardless of Him? Do My actions encourage the Lord to Bless or Curse me? Would I be wise to be totally obedient to the Lord in every way in future?

Frances
Sep 9th 2010, 05:30 PM
Deuteronomy 31+32

What does the text say? – Moses told the people he was 120 years old and would not lead them across the Jordan, but the Lord, Himself, would lead them and destroy the nations living there, leaving His people to deal with them as He had commanded; they must be strong and courageous as the Lord would not fail or forsake them. In front of all the Israelites Moses told Joshua to be strong and courageous as he led the people into their Promised Land and that he must not be afraid or discouraged. Moses wrote all his instructions down and gave the book to the Priests who carried the Ark, and told them it must be read every 7 years at the Festival of Shelters, so all generations would learn to fear the Lord. The Lord commissioned Joshua to lead the people. Moses said the people would be even more rebellious against the Lord when he was dead, so he read a poem to all the people saying that the Lord is the Rock, He is perfect, and all His Ways are just, He is a God of Truth and without injustice, He is Upright and Righteous. Moses described God’s dealings with the nation from the beginning, His Faithfulness, Vengeance and Justice. The Lord is the only God, He will avenge the blood of His servants, and repay those who hate Him and cleanse the land for His people. That same day the Lord told Moses to climb Mt. Nebo and look across the land over the Jordan then he would die, because he had not demonstrated the Lord’s Holiness at Meribah (when, years before, he hit the rock instead of speaking to it).

Application? – Do I fearlessly follow the Lord into difficult situations? Do I fully trust in the Lord’s Perfection and Faithfulness? Am I fully aware of His Justice, Goodness and Vengeance? Do I realise my disobedience to Him may have repercussions, maybe many years hence?

Frances
Sep 10th 2010, 04:26 PM
Deuteronomy 33+34

What does the text say? – Moses prayed for the Israelite tribes before he died – that Reuben would live and multiply, that Judah would be united and have strength against their enemies, that the Levites would teach God’s Word to the Israelites so they would be Blessed and strike their foes where it hurts most, that Benjamin would live in safety free from harm, that Joseph’s (Ephraim and Manesseh) land would be Blessed with abundant crops, that Zebulun and Issachar would have prosperity, that Gad – who had taken the best land for themselves – would always obey the Lord, that Dan would leap out of Bashan, that Naphtali would possess the west and south, that Asher would be Blessed above all others and be secure all their days and the Eternal God be their refuge. He said that the Israelites would live in safety in a land of grain and wine, they will be saved and protected by the Lord. Then Moses went up Mt. Nebo, climbed Pisgah Peak across from Jericho, saw the whole land and died. There was never another prophet like Moses.