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 13:1-14:21 Obedience to God involves an uncompromising attitude toward those who would lead people away from God. Those who say ‘Let us go and serve other gods’(13:2,6,13) must not be permitted to exert their evil influence on God’s people. God says, ‘You must not listen to them (13:3,8). Temptations to ‘idolatry’ can come under […]Read more "We Are To Be ‘A People Holy To The Lord Our God.’"
Deuteronomy 22:1-30 Care for ‘your brother’(1-4). Our caring is not to be selective – ‘If the brother does not live near you or if you do not know who he is’(2). When Jesus says, ‘Love your neighbour as yourself’(Luke 10:27), He means much more than loving the people who live near us, the people who […]Read more "Reconciled To God Through The Death Of His Son"
Through His strongly worded warnings, God calls us back from the way of disobedience (Deuteronomy 27:15-26; Deuteronomy 28:15-24). Through His promises of blessing, He calls us to the way of obedience, the only way to true happiness (Deuteronomy 28:1-14). God’s blessing cannot be taken for granted. Where there is disobedience, there is no blessing. Our […]Read more "God Blesses Us Because He Loves Us – Not Because We Are Worthy Of His Blessing."
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 6:1-25 ‘Hear’ and ‘do’(1-3; James 1:22-25). In our obedience to God, there is to be the fear of the Lord and love for the Lord (2,5). Fear and love: the two belong together. God is holy – fear Him. God is love – love Him. This is for every generation: ‘you and your son […]Read more "God Is Holy – Fear Him. God Is Love – Love Him."