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September 21, 2017

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Reading along with us in Deuteronomy? Here’s today’s reading:

Deuteronomy 29 (ESV)

These are the words of the covenant that the Lord commanded Moses to make with the people of Israel in the land of Moab, besides the covenant that he had made with them at Horeb.

 And Moses summoned all Israel and said to them: “You have seen all that the Lord did before your eyes in the land of Egypt, to Pharaoh and to all his servants and to all his land, the great trials that your eyes saw, the signs, and those great wonders. But to this day the Lord has not given you a heart to understand or eyes to see or ears to hear. I have led you forty years in the wilderness. Your clothes have not worn out on you, and your sandals have not worn off your feet.You have not eaten bread, and you have not drunk wine or strong drink, that you may know that I am the Lord your God. And when you came to this place, Sihon the king of Heshbon and Og the king of Bashan came out against us to battle, but we defeated them. We took their land and gave it for an inheritance to the Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half-tribe of the Manassites. Therefore keep the words of this covenant and do them, that you may prosper in all that you doContinue Reading

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  1. I found verses 25-28 very interesting besucase of other people’s response to God punishing Israel. I’m surprised others recognize that the punishment of Israel is not because God is weak, but because the people turned their backs on Him. I wonder if I’ll be able to recognize in my own life if I’m turning my back on God.

  2. 29″The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.

  3. Whenever two people are sitting down to sign a contract, it is important for them to be reminded of the terms. That is what is happening in this chapter. For His side of the covenant, God reminds them of who He is and what He has done for them already. He has already shown Himself to be able and willing to do great things to provide and protect them.

    For their side, God reinforces the obedience He calls them to and how important it is to follow Him and not seek after false gods. He says especially don’t be lulled into thinking just because the nation is being blessed that somehow gives you a green light to follow idols. That is what is meant at the end of verse 19, “I will be safe, even though I persist in going my own way.” Obedience is its own measure and should not be gauged by the circumstances of life.

    If, and in Israel’s case when, calamity comes upon them, it will be shown that it is because of their rejection of God. How can we be so foolish as to do the very thing ourselves at times….

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