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Deuteronomy 16:19-20 Just Judges

ALL justice and judgement flows from God’s laws.

God, through Moses, sets up local leadership in the form of judges. This is to be their leadership once they inhabit the Promised Land.

The Levites are the intermediaries between God and man but the judges are to be the mediators between man and man. The judges are to be righteous judges. Impartial, honest, above reproach, and God fearing.

I know all these traits are not mentioned in our reading today but we have seen these requirements for appointing judges in our earlier readings. The men appointed to this role are to provide God’s judgment between the parties. Without these characteristics they would be incapable of rendering fair judgments. Read more »

Deuteronomy 4:15-31 Idols

No matter what shape they may take, they CANNOT take God’s place!

Moses is reminding the people of all the commandments of God. He touched on obedience and now he moves to imagery.

God tells His people not to make ANY image of Him what so ever. Let NOTHING be set up as a representation to Him that you bow down to. This doesn’t mean that we can’t have pictures designed to represent Him as reminders but that those items are nothing more than reminders of who He is. He is the Creator not the created.

Moses lists everything he can think of that the people might choose to fashion as a god. If he were living in our time I’m sure he would have included cars, money, and houses in that list. ANYTHING that we look to for our source of happiness, protection, or sense of being is an idol. It doesn’t have to be a statue or occupy a shrine. Read more »

Sorry I’ve been gone

Me in my new mask. Hope you are sporting yours too whenever you go out.

Wanted to say sorry to all of you who regularly come study with me. I have been making face masks for my family for the last 5 days. I will be back to writing tomorrow. I wanted to write tonight but my mind is numb. Please be safe and join me again as we continue on with Israel as they prepare to enter the promised land.

I was sent an email encouragement a few days ago and it ties in directly with what we are going to read next. It highlights what was said to Moses right after the battle with Middian. I look forward to sharing with you tomorrow.

Happy New Year!

Make a joyful noise to the Lord

Make a joyful noise to the Lord

I want to start off by apologizing again for being inconsistent in my posts during this month. The Christmas season has increased the demands on my time, including a LOT of child care. This weekend is another high capacity home time. I find myself entertaining everyone and running out of time to sit and think. Top that off with more noise than a schoolyard at recess.

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE having the kids over. But I am once again in need of your forgiveness as I will be missing posting bible study time. I started working on our next reading, but it is bed time already and I am going to have to focus on that for the rest of the night. I will most likely be facing the same thing for the next two nights. I’m hoping to be back up and running Monday night but can’t be sure.

I love sharing with you all but until I can find quiet time, I will be taking a break. I’ll be back strong in the new year. Thank you for your patience and Happy New Year!

 

Taking a short break. Sorry. Be back soon

Handmade Christmas stockings

Christmas at my house

I want to apologize for my periodic skipping of days lately. I am running behind in my Christmas preparations for my family. I have a LARGE family that I try and make homemade gifts for each year. It is getting down to the wire and I find myself working into my writing hours on occasion. Right now though I’m taking a planned break as I’m hosting two of my grandchildren at my home for a few days. I don’t know what each day will end up like and, if I have the time, I will write too. But I enjoy playing with them and watching movies together at night. Please forgive my absence and know that I am thinking about you and God’s word in the meantime.

Be back soon! Love to all!!