Through the the Bible in one year 2018; 24th March

Several times in our readings today we are reminded to walk humbly and in obedience to God.

Deuteronomy 10 verse 12 & 13 says; “And now , Israel , what does the LORD your God ask of you but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in obedience to him, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to observe the LORD’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good?

Deuteronomy 11 verse 1 says; Love the LORD your God and keep his requirements, his decrees, his laws and his commands always.

Then in John 14 verse 15 we see Jesus say “If you love me, keep my commands”

God wants us to obey his commamds out of a love for Him and not of fear. He sees our hearts and knew that the hearts of the Israelites were far from him.

Jesus told the Pharisees that although they were obsessed with minute details of the law, their hearts were far feom God.

We have though a promise that if we are obedient to Him, follow and trust him, he will bless us.

In Deuteronomy chpter 11 verse 26 to 28 we read;

See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse – the blessing if you obey the commands of the LORD your God that I am giving you today; the curse if you disobey the commands of the LORD your God and turn from the way that I command you today by following other gods, which you have not known .

We have been readinfg how the Israelites struggled because they didn’t do what God had commanded and if you have read ahead you will know that they still don’t seem to learn.

We have a choice, lets choose wisely

The readings for Saturday are;

Deuteronomy 12 & 13

Psalm 83

John 15


Through the Bible in one year 2018: 23rd March

Today in Deuteronomy 8 we read how the Israelites are reminded to be careful to follow Gods commands. This warning comes with a promise that if they do, they will live and enter the land that God has promised them. It seems that they need to be continually reminded and have a tendancy to wander off and forget as soon as they take their eyes off God or He is not immediately visible to them.

How quickly we can forget what God has done for us in the past and lose faith that he will continue to be faithful to us if we remain faithful to Him.

Although some of the Law of Moses was specific to the people at that time and was designed to help them stay close to God, a lot of it is still relevant to us today a few thousand years later.

In verse 18 of chapter 8 it says;

But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.

The Psalmist would often complain how it seemed like the wicked were successful, his enemies prospered though they were evil and deceitful, but our hope and trust should be in God.

His promise to us is still the same today, that we will receive the reward if we stay faithful to him

The readings for Friday are:

Deuteronomy 10 & 11

Psalm 82

John 14

Through the Bible in one year 2018; 22nd March

Hear, O Israel: the LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the door-frames of your houses and on your gates. (Deuteronomy 6 v 4-9 NIV)

This, according to Jesus was the most important of all the commandments (See also Mark 12 v 29)

The readings for Thursday are:

Deuteronomy 8 & 9

Psalm 81

John 13

Through the Bible in one year 2018; 21st March

But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul. (Deuteronomy 4 v 29(NIV))

The readings for Wednesday are;

Deuteronomy 6 & 7

Psalm 80

John 12

Through the Bible in one year 2018; 20th March

It’s good sometimes to look back and take stock of our history.

In our readings today in Deuteronomy and Psalms we are reminded of the story so far.

The Psalmist says in Psalm 78 how he will tell of the “things from of old”

He is not only reminding himself and those listening of what has happened in the past. He is wanting to pass it on to the next generation.

At this stage in Deuteronomy all the adults that left Egypt have died and it is time to prepare to enter the promised land.

Many of the people would not know or remember everything that had happened in the history of the Israelites. Perhaps some of them were fearful of what was going to happen.

Would they succeed?

Can God provide?

By reminding ourselves of where we have come from we can build up our faith that God will continue to provide for and take care of us.

He has been faithful in the past and will continue to be so in the future.

Even in our current lives our nations have history, some of it good and some of it bad.

If we are wise we will learn from the past and will avoid making the same mistakes.

You can see even in Deuteronomy they were still making the same mistakes which is why they needed reminding.

Lets heed the warnings and trust God and not continue to make the mistakes the Israelites did.

The readings for Tuesday are;

Deuteronomy 4 & 5

Psalm 79

John 11

Through the Bible in one year 2018; 19th March

Some parts of the Bible are difficult to read, especially the books of the law and Chronicles.

Today we started in Deuteronomy and I was wondering why it was called that and what it meant.

Doing my usual quick look on line I discovered that Deuteronomy is derived from a Greek word which means “Second Law”

This would seem to be a good name as it follows on from the previous lot of Laws and regulations that Moses gave.

However it seems that this is a mistranslation of the Hebrew name which is Devarim which means “spoken words” And is derived from the opening sentence of Deuteronomy 1 verse 1;

“These are the words”

The readings for Monday are;

Deuteronomy 2 & 3

Psalm 78

John 10

Through the Bible in one year 2018; 18th March

The readings for Sunday are;

Numbers 36

Deuteronomy 1

Psalm 77

John 9