Deuteronomy 11:1-32 His Discipline

His discipline is proof of His love for us.

Moses reminds the people of all the hard times when God disciplined the people. In this are also the discipline He applied to Egypt to bring the people out.

God doesn’t ever take a person from first moment believer to pinnacle placement in His Kingdom. Each person is taken from where they are when they give their life to Him and slowly and carefully trained in His word. There are good times, great times, tough times, and downright difficult times that we each have to walk through. Even Jesus went through difficult times in His wilderness walking and the Garden of Gethsemane. Jesus endured God’s discipline just like we do. Just like Israel did. One of the BIG differences between Him and them is that He was a MUCH quicker learner. He didn’t fight against God’s discipline. Israel fought Him for a LONG time. Read more »

Deuteronomy 10:12-22 He Is Your God

ALL this starts with respect and reverence. Love is its motivation.

Moses pleads with the people to get their hearts in order. Don’t be like their parents; stubborn and resisting God’s designs.

This generation is called to do something the last generation wouldn’t. They are called to “fear the Lord you 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” (verse 12b-13a). In our last time together I talked about the first generation treating God like a “vending machine” except they didn’t think they had to put in any kind of “payment”, beyond grumbling, to get what they wanted. I honestly don’t think they “Feared” God. Read more »

Deuteronomy 10:1-11 Renewed Promise

When GOD was ready He renewed His covenant and rewrote His commandments.

Moses is revisiting the story of God writing His commandments a second time for Israel. The first set was broken after Moses saw what the people were doing.

When I was looking in my “Bible Helps” yesterday they talked about Moses throwing down the commandments. “Breaking the tablets indicates the deliberate ending of the covenant relationship: an impulsive gesture of fury and despair following God’s words in (Chapter 9) verses 12-14. A treaty of Esarhaddon, and Assyrian king (681-699 B.C.) forbids his vassal to destroy the treaty text, as this would be tantamount to rebellion.”

To me this indicates that because Israel broke God’s covenant Moses was unwilling to give them His written covenant, thereby possibly invalidating the original covenant. God had told Moses that He wanted to destroy the people and “blot out their name from under heaven” (verse 14b). I would say He wanted to end the covenant at that point. Read more »

Deuteronomy 9:13-29 Shame Revisited

God wants dedication not stubbornness. Israel had to learn this and me too.

Moses has just spoken to the people about NOT believing that their own righteousness has granted them favor with God. Now he revisits their greatest shames.

The people failed God MANY times but a couple of them are so noteworthy that Moses uses them to drive his point home. The first and the last are the most damming to my mind. These are the events with the golden calf and the refusal to go into the Promised Land. Four of the five mentioned incidents resulted in direct retaliation from God. Read more »

Deuteronomy 9:1-12 Unearned

No truer words ever spoken by man! His love is the reason for our success.

Moses is preparing the people to cross over the Jordan. He tells them of what they will face and warns them not to believe they did this work on their own.

When the spies came back from their scouting mission 40 years ago they were correct in informing the people what awaited them in the Promised Land. There were walled cities. There were “sons of the Anakim” (verse 2b). There were nations greater and more powerful than Israel. They did not lie in their report of the conditions that Israel would face. The same conditions held true at the end of the 40 years. All these things awaited this second generation. Read more »