Today's readings include Deuteronomy, a rich historical book, and a favorite of many. At the start of the book, a quick intro and overview of its contents might be worth reading, available here.
As one reviews Moses opening words, especially at vv. 21-33, we have to marvel or puzzle at the lack of faith of God's people. And one application is to ask ourselves if we are failing to trust in God's promises, not unlike God's people in the text.
Moses at v. 22 tells the people "See, the Lord your God has set the land before you." He tells them to go and possess. And yet the people would not (v. 26).
It may seem a stretch to us that God has led them from Egypt with such signs and wonders, (vv. 29-33, as Moses reminds them), and yet they rebel. We want to cry out, from our perspective, 'These stubborn people.' And note the level of rebellion, at v. 27: "God hated us so much he brought us out of Egypt, only to be destroyed by the Amorites.' They accuse God of wanting to get rid of them by the hand of the Amorites!
Then note at v. 41 that after Moses has rebuked them, and God has said "ok, so none of you except Joshua and Caleb, and the younger generations (the very ones you said would be prey to your enemies, v. 39), will live to inherit the promised land,' the people turn around and say "ok, we will go fight.' (v. 41) But God's command at v. 42 is 'No, don't go fight. Obey me, listen!' Yet at v. 43 we read they went and fought. And lost.
When God says go, they say no. When God says don't fight, they say we'll fight.
A caution in this story for us is found at v.32: "Yet in spite of this word you did not believe the Lord your God."
Believing his promises and the truth about God (and ourselves) contained in scripture is one way we assure that the Lord 'remains in our midst,' v. 42.
Derek Butler - I am a Christian, husband, father, son, brother, friend, reader, et al, all inadequately. This blog is a tool to encourage daily bible reading, for myself and others.
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