Saturday, 4 November 2017

Deuteronomy 26-30

Here's how the study works: Read the chapters mentioned in the heading during the week and share any words, thoughts, verses that stood out to you. Having a week for several chapters creates the opportunity to revisit them and make additional comments as you feel inclined as well as make comments on other people's insights.


Susan Barnes said...

26:17-18 You have declared this day that the Lord is your God and that you will walk in obedience to him, that you will keep his decrees, commands and laws—that you will listen to him. And the Lord has declared this day that you are his people, his treasured possession as he promised, and that you are to keep all his commands.

“And today God has reaffirmed that you are dearly held treasure just as he promised, a people entrusted with keeping his commandments” (MSG).

Living godly lives didn’t make them God’s people, but because they were God’s people they were to show it by living godly lives.

Susan Barnes said...

27:9-10 Then Moses and the Levitical priests said to all Israel, “Be silent, Israel, and listen! You have now become the people of the Lord your God. Obey the Lord your God and follow his commands and decrees that I give you today.”

Moses is telling the next generation of Israelites that they have become the people of God. In order to demonstrate it, they are to obey him.

Susan Barnes said...

28:9 The Lord will establish you as his holy people, as he promised you on oath, if you keep the commands of the Lord your God and walk in obedience to him.

The Lord not only promised blessings but that Israel would be seen as his holy people. That the world would know that Israel’s God is the true God who showers his people with favour.

Susan Barnes said...

29:5-6 Yet the Lord says, “During the forty years that I led you through the wilderness, your clothes did not wear out, nor did the sandals on your feet. You ate no bread and drank no wine or other fermented drink. I did this so that you might know that I am the Lord your God.”

God is all we need. He provided for the Israelites in the wilderness even when they had a bad attitude, so that we would know he is the Lord.

Susan Barnes said...

30:6 The Lord your God will circumcise your hearts and the hearts of your descendants, so that you may love him with all your heart and with all your soul, and live.

The Lord circumcises our hearts so that we may love him. We need God’s enabling to love him with all our hearts and souls. This will give us the motivation to obey – the evidence of our love for him.