The book of Deuteronomy
Back at it again with the back at it again. I am happy to say that I am done with the book of Deuteronomy and I had a wonderful time reading. Coincidentally, I have been going for a conference in my church which has been so amazing. I have never really been much of a church conference person but I went for one night and I just had to keep coming back. I don’t think I have been to church so many times in a week before but it has been a real blessing. I got to listen to the word of God from an amazing pastor – Pastor Creflo Dollar – and honestly, in listening to him, I have had a clearer view on the word of God. I’ll write on what he preached in a later post.
Anyway, some of what he preached was on the laws of Moses which are the laws that God gave to the Israelites in Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. He basically made clear that these laws was part of the covenant that was made with the Israelites and eventually after Jesus came, there was a new covenant because the age of the old covenant had passed and we are now in a time of grace. I won’t go much into this but I’ll make sure to share the notes that I took when I heard him preach with you all in a couple of days. I just wanted to give you guys a bit of a foundation.
So, let’s get into my thoughts on Deuteronomy.
So, basically, Deuteronomy contains a series of speeches that Moses gave to the Israelites. These were like the final days of Moses and so before he died, he had to remind the Israelites of all that the Lord had done for them and all that they had been through. So, keep that in mind as we go through it.
- The Lord will fight for you: So, in Chapter 1: 30-31, Moses basically reminded the people that God will always fight for them and they should remember how he brought them out from Egypt. In applying this to our daily lives, it is imperative to always remember all that God has done for you and when you are in times of despair, God will always be there and he will fight your battles. Remember that He is bigger than all your problems and He is bigger than all your battles so call unto Him and He will be there for you.
- Moses did not get to enter the promised land: So, there was a situation that happened in Numbers which I failed to mention in the Numbers post where Moses disobeyed a direct command from God. The people needed water and God told Moses to speak to the rock to bring out water but instead he struck it and he did so with anger and he took credit for the miracle. Now, due to this God told Moses that he would not get to enter the promised land. You know, reading this, I felt a little bad for Moses but then I remembered that God is omniscient – which means that he knows every thing. He knows our present, past and future. There is a chance that if Moses had entered the promised land, he might have done something bad and so God decided to take Moses out to first humble him and also for him to leave on a high note. To be fair, Moses got to go to heaven and so it still ended good for him. So, we need to understand that as humans, every now and then we need to be humbled by our Maker and also that sometimes we think we know but we don’t. There are situations where we want certain things to happen in our lives but it isn’t happening and we wonder why God isn’t answering us. We fail to realise that God sees the bigger picture; we are only limited to our past and present and sometimes we forget things. However, God knows everything and His time truly is the best because He is making sure that everything aligns perfectly.
- Sometimes God will give you things you feel you don’t deserve: There were a couple of verses in Deuteronomy that truly resonated with me. Deuteronomy 6: 10-11(GNT) says:
Just as the Lord your God has promised your ancestors, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, he will give you a land with large and prosperous cities which you did not build. The houses will be full of good things which you did not put in them, and there will be wells that you did not dig, and vineyards and olive orchards that you did not plant.
These verses spoke to me because there have been times in my life where I received things that I feel I didn’t work too hard for and instead of just thanking God for the blessing, I would beat myself up over it and brood over it because I felt like I wasn’t worthy. Now, I understand that when God says you are worthy, believe in your heart that you are.
4. God’s faithfulness is forever and it transcends generations: God is truly a faithful God. His faithfulness transcends generations. Deuteronomy 7: 9(GNT) says:
Remember that the Lord your God is the only God and that he is faithful. He will keep his covenant and show his constant love to a thousand generations of those who love him and obey his command.
The Israelites were a stubborn people and they so often did things that upset God but he made a promise to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and He was going to keep that promise no matter what. Moses said in Deuteronomy 9: 4 -6(GNT),
After the Lord has driven them out for you, do not say to yourselves that he brought you in to possess this land because you deserved it. No, the Lord is going to drive these people out for you because they are wicked. It is not because you are good or do what is right that the Lord is letting you take their land. He will drive them out because they are wicked and because he intends to keep the promise that he made to your ancestors, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. You can be sure that that the Lord is not giving you this fertile land because you deserve it. No, you are a stubborn people.
Let that sink in guys.:)
5. Tithing is important: You know, one of the things that the Lord has been revealing to me a lot lately is in the aspect of finances and tithing. I am not very good with money and so in a lot of things that I have read and listened to in the last couple of weeks; finances has really been a major point. Tithing is very important. One of the things that I learned from Pastor Creflo this week is that when you give your money to God, you are trusting him and “Trust is the currency of the Kingdom”. God honestly doesn’t need our money; He will still be God whether you give Him your money or not. It is more about Trust than anything. When you give God your money, you are telling Him that you trust Him and you are also investing into the kingdom of God. Remember that God is the one who provides you with everything you have and so when we tithe, we are telling Him that we honour Him and that we recognise what He has done for us. So, please remember to tithe – 10% of your earnings.
6. God got you: I am a worrier. A lot of times, I worry about things that I shouldn’t even be worrying about and sometimes, I find it difficult to just let God take control but it is something that I am working on. In Deuteronomy 29:3-6(GNT), Moses said to the Israelites,
You saw the terrible plagues, the miracles and the great wonders that the Lord performed. But to this day, he has not let you understand what you experienced. For forty years, the Lord led you through the desert, and your clothes and your sandals never wore out. You did not have bread to eat or wine to drink, but the Lord provided for your needs in order to teach you that he is God.
You need to remember that God is always watching over you and He will provide everything that you need; you just need to trust him.
7. Moses dies: So, Moses dies in the final chapter of Deuteronomy and I have to say that even though this happened, several several centuries ago, it still left me feeling kind of sad. You know, I have been reading about Moses since Exodus and in a way it feels sad that he didn’t get to enter the promised land but as I explained above, it was all God’s will and I go with that. You know, through the power of God, Moses was a major force in the history of the Bible. Chapter 34: 10-12(GNT) states:
There has never been a prophet in Israel like Moses; the Lord spoke with him face-to-face. No other prophet has ever done miracles and wonders like those that the Lord sent Moses to perform against the King of Egypt, his officials and the entire country. No other prophet has been able to do the great and terrifying things that Moses did in the sight of all Israel.
This just shows how special Moses was and he was so special that God buried Moses himself. The Bible states that to this day, no one knows the exact place of his burial. Anyway, we will get a cameo from him in the New Testament (Stay tuned!)
So, before he died, God told Moses to basically hand the baton over to Joshua, son of Nun and so I am going to be starting the book of Joshua tomorrow. Apart from reading about the fall of Jericho, I don’t think I know much about Joshua and the events that took place when he was leading so, I am excited to read it.
Thank you once again for joining me on this journey. I hope you are enjoying it as much as I am and I hope that you are also learning along with me. Please, let me know your thoughts on this below. I would love to hear from you and learn even more.
Till then, my darlings,
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