Deuteronomy 4 - Day 212 (link to reading plan)
Scripture: Deuteronomy 4:15-31
Observation: Moses warns the Israelites to faithfully worship God and Him alone.
Application: Who would have thought that the world would have changed so much in just our lifetime. Or that a cell phone would command the attention of billions of people around the world. When Moses warned the Israelites not to worship idols, he meant statues of other gods. However, I think if Moses were speaking to us today, he would mention cell phones, our hobbies, our diets and anything else that captures our attention more than our affection for God.
Prayer: Lord, create in me a clean heart...
Deuteronomy 3 - Day 211 (link to reading plan)
Scripture: Deuteronomy 3:21-29
Observation: As Moses continues his narrative, he reminds the Israelites that because God was angry with them, he wouldn't be allowed to enter the promised land.
Application: The bible tells us that Moses was the meekest man alive. Yet, because he is human, he has character flaws just like the rest of us. Moses has every right to be bitter towards the rebellious Israelites who tested God in the desert and incited him to sin in anger. However, all of those people have died and Moses is still addressing their children as if it was them who rebelled against God.
I'm not saying that it is easy to take ownership of our mistakes, but apparently, Moses hasn't and still blames "them." Yeah, I'd probably be bitter too, considering what Moses had to put up with.
Prayer: Lord, please help me take this lesson to heart and be sanctified in the process.
Deuteronomy 2 - Day 210 (link to reading plan)
Scripture: Deuteronomy 2:1-25
Observation: As Moses recounts their journey, he reminds the Israelites of God's promises to their cousins the Moabites (descendants of Lot) and the Edomites (descendants of Esau).
Application: Like a good parent, God is faithful and will keep his promises to all of his children.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for being faithful.
Deuteronomy 1 - Day 209 (link to reading plan)
Scripture: Deuteronomy 1:1-5
Theme: Deuteronomy, the final book in the Pentateuch, contains Moses’ last three sermons and two prophetic poems about Israel’s future. Reflecting on the nation’s past mistakes, Moses urges the people not to repeat those errors when they enter the Promised Land. Possessing Canaan will fulfill the promises made to the patriarchs, but if the people fall into idolatry or fail to keep the law, they will be exiled.
Moses urges Israel to trust and obey, and to conquer the land. He highlights God’s uniqueness (e.g., ch. 4), his power over other nations and armies (e.g., 2:1–23), and his grace and faithfulness. He reminds the people that God promised the land, that God’s gift of the land is undeserved (9:4–6), and that the land is full of good things (e.g., 6:10–12).
Moses emphasizes the importance of God’s law, given at Sinai (e.g., see 5:1–3). The large central section of Deuteronomy (12:1–26:19) recites the law and urges Israel to keep it. The law is wide-ranging, incorporating all areas of life (economics, family and sexual relationships, religious observance, leadership, justice, guidance, food, property, and warfare). The details of the laws expand upon the great command of 6:5, that Israel is to love the Lord with all its heart, soul, and strength. Chapters 12–16 show what such total love of God will look like and provide examples of what the Ten Commandments (ch. 5) mean in practice.
Application: It's not often that people are given second chances. Although the "Israelites" are positioned to enter the promised land, only two of the original group who left Egypt are still alive. Everyone else died wandering aimlessly in the desert because of their rebellious hearts.
We, on the other hand, have been extended the grace of God because of Jesus' sacrifice. Take some time to appreciate this gift and repent (turn to God).
Prayer: Lord, thank You for this second chance...
Hebrews 13 - Day 208 (link to reading plan)
Scripture: Hebrews 13:20-21
Observation: As the author concludes his/her exhortation, he/she proclaims a powerful benediction that reminds us that it's all about Jesus.
Application: My prayer for you. Choose someone to pray this prayer over them every day for a period of time.
Prayer: Thank You Lord for this prayer that moves mountains.