The God of the Past Is Present

READ : Joshua 1-4 The book begins with God assuring Joshua that He will be with him just as truly as He had been with Moses. But Joshua must be sure to use the spiritual resources provided for him; he is to meditate on the Bible day and night. It is important for us to realize that the God who helped the great men of the Bible will help us today! But we must not neglect the means God has …

The Song of Moses

READ : Deuteronomy 32-34 Moses is about to die but he has a song in his heart because of his relationship to God. His song is about God. He speaks of God’s greatness and of His faithfulness. Over and over again, he calls God the “Rock.” The New Testament tells us that Christ is the Rock, the foundation upon which we are firmly established. When we think of God, we also think of His work. Moses thinks of how God …

Covenant

READ : Deuteronomy 29-31 The concept of covenant is a key idea in the Bible. The Bible consists of two parts: the story of the old covenant God made with Israel and the story of the new covenant God has made with His church. God began unfolding His plan of salvation by making a covenant of grace with Abraham. On the basis of this, God entered into covenant with Abraham’s descendants, the Israelites, at Mount Sinai. Now at the border …

Curses and Blessings

READ : Deuteronomy 27-28 If you stand at Jacob’s tomb in Samaria you can see before you Mount Ebal and Mount Gerezim. Moses commanded the Israelites, when they entered the promised land, to go to this place and have a ceremony solemnly reminding them of the tragic results of disobedience and the wonderful blessings flowing from obedience. This passage is first of all addressed to Israel as a nation. She had been graciously chosen of God, but her continuance as …

Justice and Gratitude

READ : Deuteronomy 25-26 Chapter 25 deals with the subject of justice. A society must have a judicial system which determines guilt and innocence, but the punishment must not be so severe as to degrade the guilty. One of the high priorities in our society is to call for judicial reform. Christians should unite with others to demand a better system of justice. Justice includes economic justice (vv. 13ff.). In many ancient societies a balance was used for measuring goods …