Day 74 – Deuteronomy 11-13

Day 74
Deuteronomy 11-13

Loving God through obedience is the theme of Chapter 11. The Hebrew word shamar that dominates Deuteronomy occurs four times (1, 8, 16, 32). Moses referred to three mighty acts of God’s discipline in order to motivate the Israelite’s obedience and warn them of the consequences of disobedience. First of all, the older Israelites were


Day 73 – Deuteronomy 8-10

Day 73
Deuteronomy 8-10

Forgetfulness is dangerous. Spiritual drift is often caused by forgetting where we were when God redeemed us. Therefore, a good memory is essential for spiritual maturity. Chapter 8 addresses the pitfalls we face when we forget the Lord (8:11, 14, 19). Like the Israelites, sometimes we only remember bits and pieces. Moses reminded the


Day 72 – Deuteronomy 5-7

Day 72
Deuteronomy 5-7

In their final weeks on the eastern side of the Jordan River, God renewed His covenant with the Israelites. The second and longest sermon Moses delivered in Deuteronomy began in Chapter 4:44 and continued through Chapter 26. Moses set the Law (“Torah”) before the people of Israel at Heshbon. He summoned the Israelites to gather in


Day 71 – Deuteronomy 3-4

Day 71
Deuteronomy 3-4

For the Israelites, one victorious battle was followed by another. After the conquest of King Sihon, they defeated Og, the king of Bashan (3:1-11), who occupied the Golan region, east of the Sea of Galilee. It was an impressive victory because the cities of Ashtaroth and Edrei were well-fortified with high walls and gates. The Israelites devoted the


Day 70 – Deuteronomy 1-2

Day 70
Deuteronomy 1-2

Deuteronomy. The English title comes from the designation in Jerome’s Latin Vulgate, Deuteronomium, which means second law. The Hebrew title of this fifth book of the Pentateuch is Elleh-hadebarim, based on its opening four words, “These are the words …” The book of Deuteronomy had a significant influence on Jesus and the writers of


Day 69 – Numbers 35-36

Day 69
Numbers 35-36

Thirty-six chapters and 1,288 verses later, after lots of wandering and way too much grumbling, we come to the end of Numbers. The book of Numbers causes us to meditate on the great truth of Philippians 1:6, “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” God will finish what


Day 68 – Numbers 33-34

Day 68
Numbers 33-34

Human senses are powerful triggers. A particular scent can transport you to another place and time. Hearing an old song can send a wave of memories and emotions to wash over you. The travelogue in Chapter 33 was intended to have that effect on the Israelites. When they heard the names of places where they encamped during their


Day 67 – Numbers 31-32

Day 67
Numbers 31-32

In Numbers 25 Balaam, the pagan prophet, failed to curse the Israelites but he was able to ensnare the men of Israel by sending Midianite and Moabite women into the camp in order to seduce them. God sent a plague of judgment upon the guilty, killing 24,000 Israelites. In Chapter 31 Moses was commanded to wield the sword of


Day 66 – Numbers 28-30

Day 66
Numbers 28-30

Repetition is the key to learning. It is critical to effective parenting. A father and mother will spend a great deal of time reminding their children of what they have taught them. Repetition is also essential for spiritual growth. In order to think and live according to God’s will, we need to be reminded of vital truths, qualities, and practices. The


Day 65 – Numbers 26-27

Day 65
Numbers 26-27

Numbers is a narrative about the Israelite community in the wilderness (the last three words being the original title in Hebrew). The journey from Egypt to Canaan should have taken around 14 days. Instead, it took forty years. The reason for the prolonged detour is what Numbers seeks to explain. The Israelites complained chronically. They