Caring for Our Neighbor

READ : Deuteronomy 22-24 The common theme running through the various laws in this section is that we must be careful to protect the rights of our fellow human beings. We are to reach out to help people whatever their need (22:1). Even animal life must be protected. Care must be taken for a mother bird “that it may go well with you, and that you may live long.” The Old Testament laws can be divided into three types: ceremonial, …

Life Under God

READ : Deuteronomy 18-21 One lesson we can learn from this passage is that God is interested in every area of our lives. There is a tendency today to restrict God to our private lives and to say that in our pluralistic society, public life is to be governed by humanistic principles. A governor will say, “I am personally opposed to abortion, but that has nothing to do with the laws which I favor.” No, Jesus Christ is to be …

Living as God's Children

READ : Deuteronomy 14-17 This passage begins with the words, “You are sons of the Lord your God.” Following this there are a number of things which they are to do and are not to do. If we are children of God, this calls for a certain life-style. Like father, like son. Being made in God’s image, we are to reflect God’s nature in daily living. Salvation can be thought of in terms of the restoration of the image of …

Obey

READ : Deuteronomy 11-13 The constant theme of Deuteronomy is that God’s people should obey His commandments. But isn’t this one of the major themes of the entire Bible? We are saved not by works but by trusting in Jesus Christ. As saved persons, however, we are called to good works. Just as with the Israelites, God promises that blessings will flow from obedience. “Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust …

By Grace Alone

READ : Deuteronomy 8-10 The Israelites had spent years in slavery and then 40 more years depending on God for their daily bread as they went through the wilderness. Soon, however, they would enter the promised land described elsewhere as a land “flowing with milk and honey.” They would suddenly experience prosperity and that would be dangerous to their spiritual life. It was important therefore that Israel should constantly focus on the fact that they were saved by grace alone …