chronological day 82 :)

Please read Joshua 3, 4, 5 and 6 today.  Joshua has been anointed to take the lead – let’s see how it works out for him and the children of Israel!

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God said to Joshua, “This very day I will begin to make you great in the eyes of all Israel. They’ll see for themselves that I’m with you in the same way that I was with Moses” (3:7 MSG)

Do you remember Joshua leading the people across the Jordan?  God split the waters again and they walked across on dry ground. Amazing!

Joshua called out the twelve men whom he selected from the People of Israel, one man from each tribe. Joshua directed them, “Cross to the middle of the Jordan and take your place in front of the Chest of God, your God. Each of you heft a stone to your shoulder, a stone for each of the tribes of the People of Israel, so you’ll have something later to mark the occasion. When your children ask you, ‘What are these stones to you?’ you’ll say, ‘The flow of the Jordan was stopped in front of the Chest of the Covenant of God as it crossed the Jordan—stopped in its tracks. These stones are a permanent memorial for the People of Israel.’” (4:4-7 MSG)

Taking a cue from Moses, Joshua builds a memorial in front of all the people, and give God the glory.  Today, we also read about the walls of Jericho (Joshua 6).  Big day!

“God was with Joshua. He became famous all over the land” (6:27 MSG)

God gives favor when we act in faith and obedience to Him.

chronological day 81 :)

Please read Deuteronomy 33-34, and Joshua 1-2. Another book completed – you are doing great!  Let’s keep going strong!

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It’s so precious that God buried Moses Himself – such an intimate thing, such a beautiful picture, especially considering their close relationship.  I like that no one but God knows where his bones are.

Moses died there in the land of Moab, Moses the servant of God, just as God said. God buried him in the valley in the land of Moab opposite Beth Peor. No one knows his burial site to this very day” (34:5-6 MSG)

It also strikes me how Moses never displaced his anger – even though he wouldn’t receive the land promised through his ancestors Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, Moses uses his last words to bless the people. (Would you have blamed him for saying something like, “Y’all were really awful, disobedient, caused me daily stress, and yet here you are: about to enter the promised land without me, thanks alot.”). Moses didn’t have to displace emotion or lay blame – God was his inheritance.

“No prophet has risen since in Israel like Moses, whom God knew face-to-face. Never since has there been anything like the signs and miracle-wonders that God sent him to do in Egypt, to Pharaoh, to all his servants, and to all his land—nothing to compare with that all-powerful hand of his and all the great and terrible things Moses did as every eye in Israel watched” (34:10-12 MSG)

Now it’s time for Joshua to take the lead. Let’s continue this journey!

 

chronological day 80 :)

Please read Deuteronomy 31:30, Deuteronomy 32, and Psalm 90. I love Moses’ psalm!

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Isn’t Psalm 90 all the more precious, now that we have spent so much with Moses?

“God, it seems You’ve been our home forever; long before the mountains were born, Long before You brought earth itself to birth, from “once upon a time: to “kingdom come” – You are God” (Psalm 90:1-2 MSG)

“It seems you’ve been our home forever” – isn’t that meaningful?  Moses did not need to enter the promised land – God was his home.  The Lord is all we need!

chronological day 79 :)

Please read Deuteronomy 29:2-29, Deuteronomy 30, and Deuteronomy 31:1-29.  Lots going on, Moses is starting to wrap things up here.

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“The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.” (29:29 NKJV)

God will take care of the hidden things. However, what is revealed is our responsibility.  If we know what is right, we must do it!

Deuteronomy 30 is a balm to my spirit after those rough words on disobedience a few chapters ago:

“God, your God, will restore everything you lost; He’ll have compassion on you; He’ll come back and pick up the pieces from all the places where you were scattered. No matter how far away you end up, God, your God, will get you out of there and bring you back” (30:3-4 MSG)

God will always restore, always bring us back home, always remember us if we only turn back to Him.  We are never too far for His hand to reach us. That’s my favorite ❤

chronological day 78 :)

Please read Deuteronomy 26, 27, 28 and 29:1. Does anyone else see a theme developing as Moses is teaching the children of Israel?  Obedience, obedience, obedience!  He is about to send them into the promised land on their own, after 40 years together. I imagine he feels a great deal of responsibility toward them.

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The blessings of obedience are many! The opposite, though….

“Among all the peoples where God will take you, you’ll be treated as a lesson or a proverb” (28:37 MSG)

God can use our lives, whether or not we are in obedience.  If we are obedient, God will use us as a lesson or example to other of what to do.  If we are disobedient, God will use us as a proverb or warning to others of what not to do.  (Remember? Nothing is ever wasted by the Lord – but we could waste our lives in disobedience). Thankfully we live under grace purchased for us by the Blood of Jesus – but even still, disobedience carries heavy consequences.

chronological day 77 :)

Please read Deuteronomy 21:10-23, Deuteronomy 22, 23, 24, and 25, and head on back.  What are you thinking about this morning?  Here’s what I am thinking:

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Rough day… so many rules that we not have to adhere to under grace, but we still have to maintain a high standard of holiness, purity and morality.  There IS right and wrong, as much as our society would like us to forget.

chronological day 76 :)

Let’s read Deuteronomy 16:18-22, Deuteronomy 17, 18, 19, 20, and Deuteronomy 21:1-9. Busy day!

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A couple of things…. I love Deuteronomy 20:4 MSG:

Don’t waver in resolve. Don’t fear. Don’t hesitate. Don’t panic. God, your God, is right there with you, fighting with you against your enemies, fighting to win”

When the Lord is with us in a battle, we can be assured that the end result IS victory – He means to win.  

I also liked the encouragement in Deuteronomy 20:20 about not cutting down trees:

When you mount an attack on a town and the siege goes on a long time, don’t start cutting down the trees, swinging your axes against them. Those trees are your future food; don’t cut them down. Are trees soldiers who come against you with weapons? The exception can be those trees which don’t produce food; you can chop them down and use the timbers to build siege engines against the town that is resisting you until it falls.

It made me think: even though these battles seems harsh to us, there was always a purpose. In man’s excitement over a victory, maybe he can become overzealous and do more damage than necessary, but we are warned against that. God doesn’t waste anything, and doesn’t want us to waste anything either.  When the battle is over, praise the Lord and let it be over.

chronological day 75 :)

This morning, we’ll read Deuteronomy 13, 14, 15, and 16:1-17.

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“Yes. Obediently listen to God, your God. Keep all his commands that I am giving you today. Do the right thing in the eyes of God, your God” (13:18 MSG)

It stands out to me today that even though we sometimes think of the 40 years in the wilderness being a waste of time of a consequence for disobedience and full of crazy laws that seem to make life difficult…. Well, listening to Moses re-cap that period  of time, we see what it was REALLY about: learning how to be in relationship with our God who loves us so. That’s not at all a waste of time! If it takes 40 years, if it takes a lifetime, I’ll commit to it! God is so kind to us!

“You only are a people holy to God, your God; God chose you out of all the people on Earth as his cherished personal treasure” (14:2 MSG)

chronological day 74 :)

Please read Deuteronomy 10-12.  I know this is all a review, but I am loving it! Moses wants the people to know who they are and Whose they are as they enter the promised land.  

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“So now Israel, what do you think God expects from you? Just this: Live in His presence in holy reverence, follow the road He sets out for you, love him, serve God, your God, with everything you have in you, obey the commandments and regulations of God that I’m commanding you today—live a good life” (10:12-13 MSG)

Deut 10:12-13 says to live in God’s holy presence (I think purposefully).  Cut away the callouses from our heart.  Don’t harden against the Lord.  Don’t let anything desensitize you to His Holy Spirit.  What do you think God expects from you? Live a good life!

“Ruthlessly demolish all the sacred shrines” (12:2 MSG)

12:1-3 talks about ruthlessly tearing down shrines. our application is to ruthlessly cut out anything that threatens to take the place and priority that God should have in our lives.  Keep first things first. These are actions we must take every day! Be diligent and zealous to be obedient and live in God’s holy presence – be holy because He is holy.  These are actions WE must take – not things which God does for us. Don’t let anything take His place!

chronological day 73 :)

Please read Deuteronomy 6, 7, 8, and 9. Get your highlighters out-  you might want to highlight these blessings!  (I like to use a colored pencil or crayon, so the ink doesn’t bleed through my Bible pages!)

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So many blessings and encouragements to stay obedient to the Lord! God will continue to increase His people, but don’t forget that all blessings and gifts come from Him. He is so good to us!

“Listen obediently, Israel. Do what you’re told so that you’ll have a good life” (6:3)

“Love God, your God, with your whole heart” (6:5)

“Write these commandments that I’ve given you today on your hearts. Get them inside of you and then get them inside your children” (6:6)

“Deeply respect God, your God. Serve and worship him exclusively” (6:13)

There are lots more!  The blessings of obedience are many.

“It will be a set-right and put-together life for us if we make sure that we do this entire commandment in the Presence of God, our God, just as He commanded us to do.” (6:25)

“And this is what will happen: When you, on your part, will obey these directives, keeping and following them, God, on his part, will keep the covenant of loyal love that he made with your ancestors: He will love you, He will bless you, He will increase you. (7:12-13 MSG)

Amen and amen ❤