Deuteronomy 28-29

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Josh: Deuteronomy 28:2, 15 “All these blessings will come and overtake you, because you obey the Lord your God.”  “But if you do not obey the Lord your God by carefully following all His commands and statutes I am giving you today, all these curses will come and overtake you.”  This is such a graphic chapter, both with the blessings and with the curses.  Unfortunately, there are cross-references that point to books like Isaiah and Jeremiah where all the curses did come true because of Israel’s disobedience.  So sad that they abandoned God, the one who cares for them.  I need to observe and learn.  God is graphic because he cares for us.  Lord, let me stay in your blessing by obeying you all the days of my life.

Lindsey: Deuteronomy 28:63 “Just as the LORD was glad to cause you to prosper and to multiply you, so He will also be glad to cause you to perish and to destroy you. You will be deported from the land you are entering to possess.” Wow. God is glad to give blessing or administer a curse. I’m just going to have to sit with this one for a while.

What stood out to you from Deuteronomy, chapters 28-29?

Deuteronomy 24-27

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Josh: Deuteronomy 24:5b “He is free to stay at home for one year, so that he can bring joy to the wife he has married.” This is the verse that Lindsey and I read before we were married almost 13 years ago.  It was the verse that convinced me that I should not go back to school right after we were married.  Little did I know that this decision would ultimately save our oldest daughter’s life.  We moved back to my hometown a few months after being married and this allowed us to be at the only hospital in the state that could save our daughter when there were complications during the birth.  Who knew that listening to God with one verse could bring life to our whole family.  Lord, help me to always listen and obey because only you have the words of life.

Lindsey: Deuteronomy 24:18 “Remember that you were a slave in Egypt, and the LORD your God redeemed you from there. Therefore I am commanding you to do this.”  Whenever you consider where you were and what God did for you, it always brings you back to a proper perspective. 

What stood out to you from Deuteronomy, chapters 24-27?

Deuteronomy 20-23

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Josh: Deuteronomy 20:8 “Let the officials also speak to the army, ‘Is there a man here who is afraid and faint-hearted? Let him go back home. Otherwise, he may demoralize his fellow soldier.” Fear spreads.

Lindsey: Deuteronomy 23:14 “For the LORD your God walks throughout your camp to protect you and deliver your enemies to you; so your encampments must be holy. He must not see anything improper among you or He will turn away from you.” God walks among us not to look for sin to reprimand us. He walks among us to protect us because he loves us. If he finds sin, he has to point it out because that’s the very thing that will hurt us. He’s a loving Father and all of these old testament laws flow from that truth. Some of these laws don’t make sense, but his ways are higher and I can continue to come back to the truth that “God walks throughout your camp to protect you.”

What stood out to you from Deuteronomy, chapters 20-23?

Deuteronomy 16-19

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Josh: Deuteronomy 17:18 “When he is seated on his royal throne, he is to write a copy of this instruction for himself on a scroll in the presence of the Levitical priests.” There’s a level of understanding that comes with hearing or reading something, but God had the King write down all of God’s instructions. And he was to do it in the presence of the priest to make sure he didn’t add or take away from the words. The king couldn’t help but know how important God’s instructions were to ruling correctly. I can’t help but know it either.

Lindsey: Deuteronomy 16:14a “Rejoice in your festival” and Deuteronomy 17:14a “When you enter the land the LORD your God is giving you, take possession of it, live in it.” It is possible to have a festival without rejoicing or to own land and not actually live there. God calls us to be a people that celebrates at our celebrations, to live in our land and fully take hold of the blessings of everything he’s given us.

What stood out to you from Deuteronomy, chapters 16-19?

Deuteronomy 12-15

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Josh: Deuteronomy 12:25 “Do not eat it, so that you and your children after you will prosper, because you will be doing what is right in the LORD’s sight.” We all have our ideas of how to prosper, but the Lord says that we will prosper if we do what is right in his sight. It seems so simple, but it takes daily focus and trusting him.

Lindsey: Deuteronomy 12:1 (NLT) “These are the decrees and regulations you must be careful to obey when you live in the land that the LORD, the God of your ancestors, is giving you. You must obey them as long as you live.” Obedience is for always. Not sometimes or when we feel like it, or when its convenient. We are called to obey all of the days of our life.

What stood out to you from Deuteronomy, chapters 12-15?

Deuteronomy 8-11

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Josh: Deuteronomy 8:11 “Be careful that you don’t forget the LORD your God by failing to keep His command–the ordinances and statutes–I am giving you today.”  We remember the Lord when we keep his commands.  When we fall, we are choosing to forget him.

Lindsey: Deuteronomy 11:8 “Keep every command I am giving you today, so that you may have the strength to cross into and possess the land you are to inherit.” By keeping God’s commands, we are made stronger.  The blessing required a certain amount of strength.  If God gave them the land before they were ready or before they were strong enough, perhaps it wouldn’t be a blessing at all.  It would be a burden because they would be too weak to take care of it the way God intended.  Lord, please help me remember that obedience is a tremendous benefit in and of itself, but it also strengthens me for the blessing ahead.

What stood out to you from Deuteronomy, chapters 8-11?

Deuteronomy 5-7

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Josh: Deuteronomy 6:9 “Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” The doorposts and gates are avenues of entry that you pass through. God’s reminding us that as we go through life, everything should run through the filter of God’s Word.

Lindsey: Deuteronomy 7:22 “The LORD your God will drive out these nations before you little by little. You will not be able to destroy them all at once; otherwise, the wild animals will become too numerous for you.”  The fulfillment of the promise doesn’t always come all at once. This is for my own good.

What stood out to you from Deuteronomy, chapters 5-7?

Deuteronomy 3-4

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Josh: Deuteronomy 3:19  “But your wives, young children, and livestock—I know that you have a lot of livestock—will remain in the cities I have given you…”. It’s like God anticipated them saying, “Does God even know how much livestock we have?”  Then God says, “I know that you have a lot of livestock… I mean, I kind of gave it to you.”

Lindsey: Deuteronomy 4:6 “Carefully follow them, for this will show your wisdom and understanding in the eyes of the peoples. When they hear about all these statutes, they will say, ‘This great nation is indeed a wise and understanding people.'”  Us carefully obeying God becomes a display of wisdom to others.

What stood out to you from Deuteronomy, chapters 3-4?

Deuteronomy 1-2

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Josh: Deuteronomy 1:27  “You grumbled in your tents and said, ‘The Lord brought us out of the land of Egypt to deliver us into the hands of the Amorites so they would destroy us, because He hated us.” What we say behind closed doors matters.

Lindsey: Deuteronomy 2:30 “But Sihon king of Heshbon would not let us travel through his land, for the Lord your God had made his spirit stubborn and his heart obstinate in order to hand him over to you, as has now taken place.”  We can’t see why a “No” is good but God is using it for our good.

What stood out to you from Deuteronomy, chapters 1-2?

Numbers 34-36

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Josh: Numbers 35:34 “Do not make the land unclean where you live and where I reside; for I, the LORD, reside among the Israelites.” This is a good reminder that God no longer resides just with the Israelites but now he lives in every believer that calls on the name of the Lord to be saved.  We are his temple.  We are his church.  We carry around in us the message of salvation.  It is important each day to make sure we are not living in an unclean manner, and in doing so, make the our hearts unclean

Lindsey: Some days I come up empty. Just being honest.

What stood out to you from Numbers, chapters 34-36?