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January 22, 2019

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

Text: Exodus 13-15
Audio: Exodus 13-15

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Deuteronomy 2 (ESV)

“Then we turned and journeyed into the wilderness in the direction of the Red Sea, as the Lord told me. And for many days we traveled around Mount Seir.Then the Lord said to me, ‘You have been traveling around this mountain country long enough. Turn northward and command the people, “You are about to pass through the territory of your brothers, the people of Esau, who live in Seir; and they will be afraid of you. So be very careful. Do not contend with them, for I will not give you any of their land, no, not so much as for the sole of the foot to tread on, because I have given Mount Seir to Esau as a possession. You shall purchase food from them with money, that you may eat, and you shall also buy water from them with money, that you may drink. For the Lord your God has blessed you in all the work of your hands. He knows your going through this great wilderness. These forty years the Lord your God has been with you. You have lacked nothing.”’ So we went on, away from our brothers, the people of Esau, who live in Seir, away from the Arabah road from Elath and Ezion-geber.

“And we turned and went in the direction of the wilderness of Moab. And the Lord said to me, ‘Do not harass Moab or contend with them in battle, for I will not give you any of their land for a possession, because I have given Ar to the people of Lot for a possession.’ 10 (The Emim formerly lived there, a people great and many, and tall as the Anakim. 11 Like the Anakim they are also counted as Rephaim, but the Moabites call them Emim. 12 The Horites also lived in Seir formerly, but the people of Esau dispossessed them and destroyed them from before them and settled in their place, as Israel did to the land of their possession, which the Lord gave to them.) 13 ‘Now rise up and go over the brook Zered.’ So we went over the brook Zered. 14 And the time from our leaving Kadesh-barnea until we crossed the brook Zered was thirty-eight years, until the entire generation, that is, the men of war, had perished from the camp, as the Lord had sworn to them.15 For indeed the hand of the Lord was against them, to destroy them from the camp, until they had perished.

16 “So as soon as all the men of war had perished and were dead from among the people, 17 the Lord said to me, 18 ‘Today you are to cross the border of Moab at Ar.19 And when you approach the territory of the people of Ammon, do not harass them or contend with them, for I will not give you any of the land of the people of Ammon as a possession, because I have given it to the sons of Lot for a possession.’ 20 (It is also counted as a land of Rephaim. Rephaim formerly lived there—but the Ammonites call them Zamzummim— 21 a people great and many, and tall as the Anakim; but the Lord destroyed them before the Ammonites, and they dispossessed them and settled in their place, 22 as he did for the people of Esau, who live in Seir, when he destroyed the Horites before them and they dispossessed them and settled in their place even to this day. 23 As for the Avvim, who lived in villages as far as Gaza, the Caphtorim, who came from Caphtor, destroyed them and settled in their place.) 24 ‘Rise up, set out on your journey and go over the Valley of the Arnon. Behold, I have given into your hand Sihon the Amorite, king of Heshbon, and his land. Begin to take possession, and contend with him in battle. 25 This day I will begin to put the dread and fear of you on the peoples who are under the whole heaven, who shall hear the report of you and shall tremble and be in anguish because of you.’

26 “So I sent messengers from the wilderness of Kedemoth to Sihon the king of Heshbon, with words of peace, saying, 27 ‘Let me pass through your land. I will go only by the road; I will turn aside neither to the right nor to the left. 28 You shall sell me food for money, that I may eat, and give me water for money, that I may drink. Only let me pass through on foot, 29 as the sons of Esau who live in Seir and the Moabites who live in Ar did for me, until I go over the Jordan into the land that the Lord our God is giving to us.’ 30 But Sihon the king of Heshbon would not let us pass by him, for the Lord your God hardened his spirit and made his heart obstinate, that he might give him into your hand, as he is this day. 31 And the Lord said to me, ‘Behold, I have begun to give Sihon and his land over to you. Begin to take possession, that you may occupy his land.’ 32 Then Sihon came out against us, he and all his people, to battle at Jahaz. 33 And the Lord our God gave him over to us, and we defeated him and his sons and all his people. 34 And we captured all his cities at that time and devoted to destruction every city, men, women, and children. We left no survivors. 35 Only the livestock we took as spoil for ourselves, with the plunder of the cities that we captured. 36 From Aroer, which is on the edge of the Valley of the Arnon, and from the city that is in the valley, as far as Gilead, there was not a city too high for us. The Lord our God gave all into our hands. 37 Only to the land of the sons of Ammon you did not draw near, that is, to all the banks of the river Jabbok and the cities of the hill country, whatever the Lord our God had forbidden us.

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  1. This day I will begin to put the dread and fear of you on the peoples who are under the whole heaven, who shall hear the report of you and shall tremble and be in anguish because of you. Deuteronomy 2:25

    The Fear of the Lord

    As believers, God has blessed us with grace immeasurable – for among other things, not having to fear His wrath in judgment. If we have been born again and are in Christ, we have been set free from condemnation and we have peace with Him both now and forever, Amen!

    But this wonderful news that should provide relief for a weary soul causes many to have a casual attitude towards God and a disregard to the commands of God. As a rebellious child who "gets away with murder" because his parents do not punish bad behavior, people can have a cavalier attitude towards sin and presume on the grace of God if punishment for sin is off the table because Christ died for us.

    When Abraham told Abimelech he lied to him by saying Sarah was his sister and not his wife, he said, "I did it because I thought, ‘There is no fear of God at all in this place, and they will kill me because of my wife'" (Genesis 20:11).

    When the Lord tested Abraham and told him to sacrifice his son Isaac as a burnt offering, He said to him, "Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him, for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me" (Genesis 22:12). 

    Abraham feared God but this fear was based in reverence and awe of and for the Lord, not a fear of punishment if he didn't obey. Although the text does not mentioned what was going on in Isaac's mind, I'm sure Isaac experienced fear in a profound way when his father "bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood" (Genesis 22:9). I'm sure Isaac had a reverence and awe for his dad but I'm sure the fear included dread and anguish. 

    When we think of God putting the "dread and fear" of the people of Israel on the "peoples who are under the whole heaven" who will "tremble" and will "be in anguish" because of God's people, what comes to mind? Is it God showing His power over the pagans inhabiting the land which God gave to His people, or are we guilty of questioning God's character and accusing or judging Him?

    In Deuteronomy 4:10 we read, "Gather the people to me, that I may let them hear my words, so that they may learn to fear me all the days that they live on the earth, and that they may teach their children so."

    Why would God say this? The answer is found in the preceding verse, "Only take care, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life" (Deuteronomy 4:9). 

    Proverbs 9:10 says, "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight."

    What should motivate true followers of Christ towards obedience starts with a love for God – which includes respect for His authority, reverence for His holiness and awe of His majesty. This is the fear of God which produces godly wisdom and insight. 

    What should motivate unbelievers towards repentance and faith is a fear of the wrath of God, judgement and eternal punishment where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 

    Romans 1:18-27 says, "For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.

    24 Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, 25 because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.

    26 For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; 27 and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error."

    This view of God is a lot different than what is being peddled in many popular churches and ministries today. Instead of dimming the lights to set a mood for worship, we need the Lord to turn the lights on bright and search our hearts. 

    David had it right when writing to the choirmaster in Psalm 139:23-24:

    "Search me, O God, and know my heart!
        Try me and know my thoughts!
    24 And see if there be any grievous way in me,
        and lead me in the way everlasting!"

    "It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God" (Hebrews 10:31). 

    Click here for a great article (which includes audio) by John Piper on the fear of God.

    May we never presume on the grace of God and lose our fear of God. 

  2. I don't have to say it, but I will: perfect timing. 

    I've been feeling fear a lot lately, and this morning in particular. I know that fear is a liar. I know this, and I went to God in prayer about it. 

    I'm breathing a little easier now, but I still have so much on my mind. 

    I do fear God; I have so much love, respect, and awe for Him. I never want to take His love, mercy, forgiveness, or any other of His countless blessings for granted. I struggle because I know how much I don't deserve the ways He blesses me. 

    I'll be honest, the future really scares me, but I know that Jesus will be by my side. 

  3. "This day I will begin to put the dread and fear of you on the peoples who are under the whole heaven, who shall hear the report of you and shall tremble and be in anguish because of you."

    I wonder if they saw themselves as being mighty and fearful on their own, instead of seeing God as the mighty One?  I notice v. 30 says, "But Sihon the king of Heshbon would not let us pass by him, for the Lord your God hardened his spirit and made his heart obstinate, that he might give him into your hand, as he is this day."

    I'm humbled by this, reminded that it is not me who changes anyone, lest I try to take any credit at all for anything the Lord does in response to my faith and obedience to Him. And in that same vein, when I see someone's heart hardened against God, it just might be God hardening their heart for His own purposes — purposes I can't see right now:

    Romans 9:14-24

    "14 What shall we say then? Is there injustice on God's part? By no means! 15 For he says to Moses, 'I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.' 16 So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy. 17 For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, 'For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I might show my power in you, and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.' 18 So then he has mercy on whomever he wills, and he hardens whomever he wills.

    "19 You will say to me then, 'Why does he still find fault? For who can resist his will?' 20 But who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, 'Why have you made me like this?' 21 Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for dishonorable use? 22 What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, 23 in order to make known the riches of his glory for vessels of mercy, which he has prepared beforehand for glory— 24 even us whom he has called, not from the Jews only but also from the Gentiles?"

    I love knowing that it is God who has made known the riches of His glory to me…

     

     

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