Genesis When I was writing these words, I was thinking of some of the stories in the book of Genesis (the book of beginnings). I was thinking about Adam, Abraham and Joseph – and I was thinking about Jesus! ___________________________________________ It was the genesis of my life. Things were looking so good. Then, it all […]Read more "Keeping Things Simple: Big Thoughts In Short Sentences"
Deuteronomy 1:1-2:37 – Will We Be The New Generation? – ‘A New Creation In Christ’ With the exception of Caleb and Joshua, the older generation – including Moses – was not to enter the land (34-38). For the new generation, there was a challenge. There must be no more failures. One wasted generation was enough. […]Read more "Lessons For The Life Of Faith"
Deuteronomy 19:1-20:9 Justice is concerned with (a) the protection of the innocent – ‘innocent blood will not be shed in your land’(10); (b) the punishment of the guilty – ‘you must purge the evil from among you’(19). Through justice, God is to be glorified among His people. We are to fight for the Lord without […]Read more "In The Service Of The Lord, We Must Not Be ‘Fearful And Fainthearted.’"
Deuteronomy 16:1-17:13 Blessed by God, the people of Israel had much to celebrate. They had been brought out of the land of bondage. They were about to enter the land of promise. The keeping of the feasts (16:1-17) was a response to God’s love, a way of celebrating His love. Why did God bring Israel […]Read more "Celebrating God’s Love"
Deuteronomy 20:10-21:23 The offer of ‘peace’ is made (20:10; Romans 5:1). Some refuse to ‘make peace’. They choose to ‘make war’(20:12). When the enemies of Christ and the Gospel are raging, we must be resolute in our commitment to living ‘as the Lord our God has commanded’(20:16-18). We are to ‘do what is right in […]Read more "Be Resolute In Your Commitment To Living ‘As The Lord Our God Has Commanded.’"
Deuteronomy 17:14-18:22 Even the king is subject to God’s ‘law’. His supreme responsibility is this: Pay careful attention to God’s Word (17:18-20). Politically, he may be in an elevated position – a ‘king over’ others (17:14-15). Spiritually, he must not allow ‘his heart’ to be ‘lifted up above his brethren’(17:20). There must be humble obedience […]Read more "Pay Careful Attention To God’s Word."
Deuteronomy 23:1-25 God sees us as we really are. He ‘looks on the heart’ as well as ‘the outward appearance’. We must live to please Him, praying, ‘Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in […]Read more "Don’t Pretend To Be More ‘Holy’ Than You Really Are."