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January 31, 2019

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Read (and Hear) the Bible in One Year
Christian Standard Bible for 2019

Text: Exodus 39-40
Audio: Exodus 39-40

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Deuteronomy 11 (ESV)

“You shall therefore love the Lord your God and keep his charge, his statutes, his rules, and his commandments always. And consider today (since I am not speaking to your children who have not known or seen it), consider the discipline of the Lord your God, his greatness, his mighty hand and his outstretched arm,his signs and his deeds that he did in Egypt to Pharaoh the king of Egypt and to all his land, and what he did to the army of Egypt, to their horses and to their chariots, how he made the water of the Red Sea flow over them as they pursued after you, and how the Lord has destroyed them to this day, and what he did to you in the wilderness, until you came to this place, and what he did to Dathan and Abiram the sons of Eliab, son of Reuben, how the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up, with their households, their tents, and every living thing that followed them, in the midst of all Israel. For your eyes have seen all the great work of the Lord that he did.

“You shall therefore keep the whole commandment that I command you today, that you may be strong, and go in and take possession of the land that you are going over to possess, and that you may live long in the land that the Lord swore to your fathers to give to them and to their offspring, a land flowing with milk and honey. 10 For the land that you are entering to take possession of it is not like the land of Egypt, from which you have come, where you sowed your seed and irrigated it, like a garden of vegetables. 11 But the land that you are going over to possess is a land of hills and valleys, which drinks water by the rain from heaven,12 a land that the Lord your God cares for. The eyes of the Lord your God are always upon it, from the beginning of the year to the end of the year.

13 “And if you will indeed obey my commandments that I command you today, to love the Lord your God, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul,14 he will give the rain for your land in its season, the early rain and the later rain, that you may gather in your grain and your wine and your oil. 15 And he will give grass in your fields for your livestock, and you shall eat and be full. 16 Take care lest your heart be deceived, and you turn aside and serve other gods and worship them; 17 then the anger of the Lord will be kindled against you, and he will shut up the heavens, so that there will be no rain, and the land will yield no fruit, and you will perish quickly off the good land that the Lord is giving you.

18 “You shall therefore lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 19 You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 20 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, 21 that your days and the days of your children may be multiplied in the land that the Lord swore to your fathers to give them, as long as the heavens are above the earth. 22 For if you will be careful to do all this commandment that I command you to do, loving the Lord your God, walking in all his ways, and holding fast to him, 23 then the Lord will drive out all these nations before you, and you will dispossess nations greater and mightier than you.24 Every place on which the sole of your foot treads shall be yours. Your territory shall be from the wilderness to the Lebanon and from the River, the river Euphrates, to the western sea. 25 No one shall be able to stand against you. The Lord your God will lay the fear of you and the dread of you on all the land that you shall tread, as he promised you.

26 “See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse: 27 the blessing, if you obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today,28 and the curse, if you do not obey the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn aside from the way that I am commanding you today, to go after other gods that you have not known. 29 And when the Lord your God brings you into the land that you are entering to take possession of it, you shall set the blessing on Mount Gerizim and the curse on Mount Ebal. 30 Are they not beyond the Jordan, west of the road, toward the going down of the sun, in the land of the Canaanites who live in the Arabah, opposite Gilgal, beside the oak of Moreh? 31 For you are to cross over the Jordan to go in to take possession of the land that the Lord your God is giving you. And when you possess it and live in it, 32 you shall be careful to do all the statutes and the rules that I am setting before you today.

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  1. Love and Discipline

    Deuteronomy 11:1 says, "You shall therefore love the Lord your God and keep his charge, his statutes, his rules, and his commandments always.Love the Lord your God."

    What does it mean to love God?

    Love – keep his charge
    Love – keep His statues
    Love – keep His rules
    Love – keep His commandments

    How often? Always!

    Notice that "feelings" and "emotions" are not listed? When we love God, we certainly feel things and can experience incredible emotions. But love for God (and others) goes beyond that. True love is tangible and it's expressed in our actions (which speak louder than words). 

    Deuteronomy 11:2 says, "And consider today (since I am not speaking to your children who have not known or seen it), consider the discipline of the Lord your God, his greatness, his mighty hand and his outstretched arm."

    Things God wants us to consider?

    * The discipline of the Lord your God
    * God's greatness
    * God's mighty hand
    * God's outstretched arm
    * God's signs
    * God's deeds

    What deeds?

    * What He did to Pharaoh and to all of Egypt
    * What He did to the army of Egypt (destroyed them in the Red Sea)
    * What He did to the people of Israel in the wilderness
    * What He did to Dathan and Abiram (when God opened the earth and swallowed them up including their households, tents and every living thing that followed them)

    Of all these things, Deuteronomy 11:7 says, "For your eyes have seen all the great work of the Lord that he did."

    Many people (even people in the church) read these accounts and shudder. I can understand how someone who worships a god made up in their minds (instead of the God of the Bible) might think these events are horrible (and not great); but if people pick and choose what to believe about God based on what they think is fair, just and appropriate, then they put themselves in the position of being God's judge. 

    It's the same as someone saying they love God yet they could care less what He commands of us or what God's Word says about how we are to live. 

    If

    Deuteronomy 11:13 says, "And if you will indeed obey my commandments that I command you today, to love the Lord your God, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul…"

    The word "if" is conditional. If you . . . 

    * Obey the Lord's commandments
    * Love the Lord your God
    * Serve Him with all your heart and soul

    Then what?

    "He will give the rain for your land in its season, the early rain and the later rain, that you may gather in your grain and your wine and your oil" (Deuteronomy 11:14)

    "He will give grass in your fields for your livestock, and you shall eat and be full" (Deuteronomy 11:15).

    A Word of Warning

    Deuteronomy 11:16-17 says, "Take care lest your heart be deceived, and you turn aside and serve other gods and worship them; 17 then the anger of the Lord will be kindled against you, and he will shut up the heavens, so that there will be no rain, and the land will yield no fruit, and you will perish quickly off the good land that the Lord is giving you."

    We may be inclined to think since we don't literally "worship" a golden calf or other idol that this warning does not apply to us. But if we are honest with ourselves and examine our lives, would God see that we are serving something (or someone) other than Him? It's not what we think of us but what God knows about us.

    While it's true that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, what of those who are not truly in Christ? 

    What of those who only pay God "lip service" but their hearts are far from Him?

    What of those who say they believe in God but have no desire to obey Him?

    For these, why would God's anger not be kindled against them?

    Why would God bless those who hate Him?

    We need to always remember the "Second Commandment" says, "You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 5 You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments" (Exodus 20:4-6). 

    What is clear is those who worship (serve, live for, desire, love) idols (anything other than God,) He views them as hating Him (Exodus 20:5). 

    What is also clear are those who worship (serve, live for, desire, love) God (and keep His commandments), He views them as loving Him. 

    God does not expect perfection from us but a desire to be perfected. 

    God does not expect us to sin without confessing that sin and repenting of it.

    We should never presume on God's grace and mercy by living in opposition of His commandments. But we should never think our works, our good deeds, the things we say and do can ever make us deserve God's grace and mercy. Nothing we do could ever be good enough to deserve anything from God!

    If we have truly experienced God's grace and mercy through new birth in Jesus Christ, we will desire Him, serve Him, live for Him, and love Him, (and not live in opposition of His commandments). And like a child who stumbles, we need to call on Him for forgiveness, cleansing, and His help so we can walk again in obedience in His strength and His power instead of rebellion against Him and hatred for Him.

    God is not a taskmaster looking to whip us for every infraction but He wants us to be mindful (and grieve) over our infractions by correcting our actions. He wants us to think about sin the way He does. He wants us to experience the joy of fellowship with Him so we see the things that draw us away from intimacy with Him will never satisfy us or compare to all riches we have in Christ.

    Deuteronomy 11:31 says that God wants us to "be careful to do all the statutes and the rules that I am setting before you."

    Are we being careful?
     

  2. All caught up with the readings, and today was a good day to do so. Having missed church the last 2 Sundays, I needed to be in the Word and spend time with God. Fellowship is so important, and you can really see why when you've missed it for a couple of weeks! I miss my brother and sisters in Christ so much! 

    I've found several times that I have gotten nervous when reading what God expects from us, and then I'm reminded that He doesn't expect perfection, but a desire to be perfect for Him, because we love Him so much. 

    Everyday when I pray, I tell God that I know I would never, ever be good enough for Him, without the salvation provided by Jesus. I usually cry because I'm so grateful that he chose me. I've never come close to doing anything worthy of being loved by God, and when I'm serving, I am so grateful for the opportunity to do so. 

    Something just clicks when you truly have Jesus, and it's the most amazing gift. I do ask forgiveness now for specific sins, repenting and telling God exactly what I am sorry for. I can now feel the grief when I sin, whereas before I didn't think much of it. 

    So much changes when you put God first in your life.

     

     

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