Today is Day 16 in our journey through the Bible in 90 days.
We made it all the way through the Torah, the first 5 books of the Old Testament! Congrats! That’s 187 chapters in just over 2 weeks! You’ve already passed the mark of where most people give up on reading through the Bible. Keep up the good work!
Deuteronomy is often called “The Book of Remembrance” because Moses recounts the last 40 years of Israel’s history and trek through the wilderness. They had been in that same location before, but because of their unbelief, God delayed their entry. It’s like in P.E. at school when you didn’t follow the rules and the coach made you take a lap. God made Israel take a lap too…for 40 years.
Deuteronomy is a very important book of the Bible. It’s so important that when a new king took the throne, they were supposed to write out the whole book by hand and read it every day for the rest of their lives (see Deut. 17:18-20)! Not only that, but Deuteronomy is the one book of the Bible that Jesus quoted from when He was tempted by Satan in the wilderness!
Moses spends most of the book giving out God’s laws again, promising God’ faithfulness again, and reminding them to be faithful to God… again.
Deuteronomy 12:32 sums it up well…
“Whatever I command you, be careful to observe it; you shall not add to it nor take away from it.”
In Deuteronomy 31, Moses passes the torch onto Joshua, who will lead Israel across the Jordan River, into the Promised Land. Joshua is a bloody book of conquest and war…but more on that in the next blog post!
Imagine young Joshua up there, in front of 2 million+ Jews, standing next to a legend in the faith, 120-year-old Moses. What a humbling/scary situation. Joshua sets an example of faith and dependence on the Lord. Although the task is too big for one man to handle, he accepts the responsibility and boldly steps forward to fill Moses’shoes (sandals).
I wish we had a recording of Deuteronomy 32 – it’s Moses singing a song he wrote! I don’t know what kind of a voice he had, but that is beside the point. He once had the wealth and fame of the world’s most powerful nation at his fingertips, but he gave it all up for the most grueling, yet rewarding years of his life – leading God’s people out of Egypt, through the wilderness, to the Promised Land.
He wasn’t perfect, but he gave it his all.
Deuteronomy sets a good precedent for us. At times, it’s important for us to sit back and recall all the God has done. Despite the ways we’ve been unfaithful, God remains faithful. That’s what He does! Have you thanked Him for that lately?