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January 28, 2019

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

Text: Exodus 30-32
Audio: Exodus 30-32

You can use the audio Bible as a guide to help “set the pace” as you read along.

Deuteronomy 8 (ESV)

“The whole commandment that I command you today you shall be careful to do, that you may live and multiply, and go in and possess the land that the Lord swore to give to your fathers. And you shall remember the whole way that the Lord your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, that he might humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments or not. And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. Your clothing did not wear out on you and your foot did not swell these forty years. Know then in your heart that, as a man disciplines his son, the Lord your God disciplines you. So you shall keep the commandments of the Lord your God by walking in his ways and by fearing him. For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, flowing out in the valleys and hills, a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive trees and honey, a land in which you will eat bread without scarcity, in which you will lack nothing, a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills you can dig copper. 10 And you shall eat and be full, and you shall bless the Lord your God for the good land he has given you.

11 “Take care lest you forget the Lord your God by not keeping his commandments and his rules and his statutes, which I command you today, 12 lest, when you have eaten and are full and have built good houses and live in them, 13 and when your herds and flocks multiply and your silver and gold is multiplied and all that you have is multiplied, 14 then your heart be lifted up, and you forget the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, 15 who led you through the great and terrifying wilderness, with its fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty ground where there was no water, who brought you water out of the flinty rock, 16 who fed you in the wilderness with manna that your fathers did not know, that he might humble you and test you, to do you good in the end.17 Beware lest you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gotten me this wealth.’ 18 You shall remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your fathers, as it is this day. 19 And if you forget the Lord your God and go after other gods and serve them and worship them, I solemnly warn you today that you shall surely perish. 20 Like the nations that the Lord makes to perish before you, so shall you perish, because you would not obey the voice of the Lord your God.

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  1. Humbled

    Today's reading is so profound. There are so many lessons for us to learn which grow us in our faith in and trust of the Lord. 

    The words humble/humbled may only appear three times in this chapter but the context is critical for us to understand. The first two are found in Deuteronomy 8:2-3 while the third is Deuteronomy 8:16. I want to consider the first two together then finish with the third.

    Deuteronomy 8:2 "And you shall remember the whole way that the Lord your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, that he might humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments or not."

    Deuteronomy 8:3 "And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord."

    What we learn in verse 2 is the purpose of God humbling His people – to test them. What does this testing reveal to them?

    * To know what was in their hearts
    * To know wherever they would keep His commandment or not

    What were these tests? The first one mentioned (verse 3) was manna. God let them hunger so we could provide food from them (that He made). It was not ordinary food nor food that was available any other way than by the Lord Himself. 

    The purpose of this was more than nutrition; it was to teach them "that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord."

    He then reminds them that he also provided for their clothes and even with all the miles travelled over four decades, their feet did not swell. 

    The hardship and challenges in the wilderness were real as verse 15 describes the wilderness as "terrifying" because of fiery serpents and scorpions and a lack of water. These years were life-threatening and far beyond just an inconvenience. 

    But the Lord says in Deuteronomy 8:5-6, "Know then in your heart that, as a man disciplines his son, the Lord your God disciplines you. 6 So you shall keep the commandments of the Lord your God by walking in his ways and by fearing him."

    Finally, the Lord reveals what's on the horizon, a "good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, flowing out in the valleys and hills, 8 a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive trees and honey, 9 a land in which you will eat bread without scarcity, in which you will lack nothing, a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills you can dig copper. 10 And you shall eat and be full, and you shall bless the Lord your God for the good land he has given you" (Deuteronomy 8:7-10). 

    Each of us have a wilderness behind us and in front of us. Some are in the midst of fiery serpents and scorpions this very moment. Some of us are in life-threatening situations with uncertainly ahead. Just as God reminded His people that it was He who delivered them from slavery in Egypt, if we are His people, He has brought us out of the slavery of sin and rebellion and is bringing us into (and through) the wilderness. 

    Just as the Lord reveled to His people what is on their horizon, what lies ahead for us is eternal life with the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. He is the God who loved us before the foundation of the world. He chose us in Him and adopted us for Himself and His own glory. It is He who tests us, who disciplines us, who blesses us with protection and provision in the wilderness. It is by His grace that we are saved through the gift of Jesus Christ. It is He who shows us mercy even though none of us deserve it.  

    No matter how long we are in the wilderness, there will be a new heaven and a new earth; and we will be in God's presence forever in the eternal Promised Land.

    Can you see it on the horizon?

    Do you see it?
     

  2. And you shall remember the whole way that the Lord your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, that he might humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments or not.” 

    The wilderness years were meant to humble God’s people by testing their faith, showing them how great their lack of faith was, and teaching them that He would provide for them, deliver them, empower them, and yes, discipline them. 

    After everything God did in Egypt to deliver them out of bondage, and then to part the Red Sea so they could walk through as it folded over and killed the Egyptians behind them, they so quickly lost faith and forgot. And God knew their hearts  If He had taken them into the promised land too early, they would not have been trained to trust in Him, and would have instead trusted in their own power and forgotten Him. 

    Where is your faith today? Are you in the wilderness, being tested? God is testing your faith and preparing you! Count it joy. 

    Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”
    James 1:2-4

    Being humbled by God and taught to depend on and trust Him in all things is for our good! 

    Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.” 1 Peter 5:6-10

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