As you know I have started reading the Bible. I have 90 days to complete it and I am reading it with hundreds (1200+ to be exact) of other women. Each week (and even day to day) we check-in with each other on our progress, to pray for each other, and to share our thoughts. How cool is that?
So, I thought I would take each Book of the Bible and share my thoughts, verses, or people that stood out or spoke to me on that particular day. I have been doing most of my reading in the mornings when it is quiet, but some days I have to finish up in the afternoon or evening..or even the next day! The key is to get it done. If you get behind, you keep at it....catching up in chunks each day. The readings have been manageable and I am still praying it stays that way for me.
So, here are my thoughts from the Book of Deuteronomy
Basically this whole book was a repeat of the laws discussed in Exodus, Leviticus and Numbers. But, a good reminder for all of us about how important God's laws are and how seriously He takes them.
Deuteronomy 4:7 .....the Lord our God is near us whenever we pray to him. What a beautiful reminder that God hears our prayers.
Deuteronomy 4:9-10 Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.....Assemble the people before me to hear my words so that they may learn to revere me as long as they live in the land and may teach them to their children.
Deuteronomy 4:31 For the Lord your God is a merciful God; he will not abandon or destroy you or forget the covenant with your forefathers, which he confirmed to them by faith.
Deuteronomy 4:40 Keep his decrees and commands, which I am giving you today, so that it may go well with you and your children after you and that you may live long in the land the Lord your God gives you for all time.
Deuteronomy 5:6-21 The Ten Commandments - in case you need a refresher.
Deuteronomy 5:29 Oh that their hearts would be inclined to fear me and keep all my commands always, so that it might go well with them and their children forever. I'm seeing a theme in all these verses....it isn't just about them, but the future of their children, and children's children. What better motivation than that do you need????
Deuteronomy 6:4-8 Here is more thoughts on training and teaching your children....
Hear, O Isreal: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk aobut them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.
Deuteronomy 7:9 Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commands.
Deuteronomy 7:21 Do not be terrified by them, for the Lord your God, who is among you, is a great and awesome God.
Deuteronomy 8:3 ....to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.
Deuteronomy 13:4 It is the Lord your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him.
Deuteronomy 26:18-19 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. He has declared that he will set you in praise, fame and honor high above all the nations he has made and that you will be a people holy to the Lord your God, as he promised.
Deuteronomy 28:15-68 Boy if you ever needed a reason why not to disobey God....check out these verses!
Deuteronomy 29:20 .....and the Lord will blot out his name from uder heaven. I can't imagine a worse punishment then that. He know longer knows my name, or the hairs on my head....I am crossed out of His book of eternal life. The. Worst. Punishment. Ever.
Deuteronomy 29:29 The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law. We can't know it all, but I rest in the comfort that God knows, He has a plan, and He will reveal that plan in His time.
Deuteronomy 30:19-20 This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Choose Life! Who wouldn't???? For me, for my children, and their children......
Deuteronomy 31:8 The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. A verse that can be read time and time again when we are discouraged, struggling, running out of hope, losing faith - it can fill you right back up.
Deuteronomy 32 - How I wish I could hear the song Moses sung to the people!
Deuteronomy 34:10-12 Since then, no prophet has risen in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face, who did all those miraculous signs and wonders the lord sent him to do in Egypt - to Pharaoh and to all his officials and to his whole land. For no one has ever shown the mighty power or performed the awesome deeds that Moses did in the sight of all Israel.
I think that verse just sums it all up. Moses was a true prophet and was blessed to be able to talk face to face with God. He withstood much frustration and difficulty all unselfishly in God's honor. What an awesome example he was for us.
Now off to the Book of Joshua!