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February 16, 2019

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

Text: Numbers 11-13
Audio: Numbers 11-13

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Deuteronomy 27 (ESV)

Now Moses and the elders of Israel commanded the people, saying, “Keep the whole commandment that I command you today. And on the day you cross over the Jordan to the land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall set up large stones and plaster them with plaster. And you shall write on them all the words of this law, when you cross over to enter the land that the Lord your God is giving you, a land flowing with milk and honey, as the Lord, the God of your fathers, has promised you. And when you have crossed over the Jordan, you shall set up these stones, concerning which I command you today, on Mount Ebal, and you shall plaster them with plaster. And there you shall build an altar to the Lord your God, an altar of stones. You shall wield no iron tool on them; you shall build an altar to the Lord your God of uncut stones. And you shall offer burnt offerings on it to the Lord your God, and you shall sacrifice peace offerings and shall eat there, and you shall rejoice before the Lord your God. And you shall write on the stones all the words of this law very plainly.”

Then Moses and the Levitical priests said to all Israel, “Keep silence and hear, O Israel: this day you have become the people of the Lord your God. 10 You shall therefore obey the voice of the Lord your God, keeping his commandments and his statutes, which I command you today.”

11 That day Moses charged the people, saying, 12 “When you have crossed over the Jordan, these shall stand on Mount Gerizim to bless the people: Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Joseph, and Benjamin. 13 And these shall stand on Mount Ebal for the curse: Reuben, Gad, Asher, Zebulun, Dan, and Naphtali. 14 And the Levites shall declare to all the men of Israel in a loud voice:

15 “‘Cursed be the man who makes a carved or cast metal image, an abomination to the Lord, a thing made by the hands of a craftsman, and sets it up in secret.’ And all the people shall answer and say, ‘Amen.’

16 “‘Cursed be anyone who dishonors his father or his mother.’ And all the people shall say, ‘Amen.’

17 “‘Cursed be anyone who moves his neighbor’s landmark.’ And all the people shall say, ‘Amen.’

18 “‘Cursed be anyone who misleads a blind man on the road.’ And all the people shall say, ‘Amen.’

19 “‘Cursed be anyone who perverts the justice due to the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow.’ And all the people shall say, ‘Amen.’

20 “‘Cursed be anyone who lies with his father’s wife, because he has uncovered his father’s nakedness.’ And all the people shall say, ‘Amen.’

21 “‘Cursed be anyone who lies with any kind of animal.’ And all the people shall say, ‘Amen.’

22 “‘Cursed be anyone who lies with his sister, whether the daughter of his father or the daughter of his mother.’ And all the people shall say, ‘Amen.’

23 “‘Cursed be anyone who lies with his mother-in-law.’ And all the people shall say, ‘Amen.’

24 “‘Cursed be anyone who strikes down his neighbor in secret.’ And all the people shall say, ‘Amen.’

25 “‘Cursed be anyone who takes a bribe to shed innocent blood.’ And all the people shall say, ‘Amen.’

26 “‘Cursed be anyone who does not confirm the words of this law by doing them.’ And all the people shall say, ‘Amen.’

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  1. You shall set up large stones and plaster them with plaster. And you shall write on them all the words of this law, when you cross over to enter the land that the Lord your God is giving you . . . Deuteronomy 27:2b-3a

    Declaration of Dependence 

    What is clear throughout Scripture is God wants us to depend on Him. He reminded them over again after delivering them from slavery in Egypt. What is also clear throughout Scripture is people have short attention spans and very short memories. When we reflect on our own relationship with God, can't we relate? 

    How many times has God come through for us in a profound way in the midst of hard times? How many times has God shown us He is intimately involved in our lives by showing up at the just the right time – just when we needed Him. But how many times have we cried out for help and after He delivers, we go back to our busy lives and God is no longer needed (or wanted). 

    When Moses and the elders say to Israel "set up large stones and plaster them with plaster. And you shall write on them all the words of this law, when you cross over to enter the land that the Lord your God is giving you", this will ensure even if they drift and go on spiritual auto-pilot, they will remember God's law.. He goes on to say in Deuteronomy 27:8, "And you shall write on the stones all the words of this law very plainly."

    Baptism is a similar marker for many people. Because many churches do not practice the Biblical example to "repent and be baptized", many Christians have a conversion experience where they were born again after repenting of their sin and turning to Jesus Christ in faith to be their Lord and Savior and then baptism follows at a later date where they make their commitment to Christ public. For many, baptism is like the large stones or an altar to mark oneself set apart for the Lord.

    Have you trusted in Christ for your salvation?

    Have you followed through with baptism?

    Do you have markers in your life to remind you of what God has done in your life?

    Is God's law written on your hearts so you don't sin against Him?

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