~~~~~Lesson: Deuteronomy: Chapters 9-11
Moses is again addressing the people. One of the first things he says in today's reading is that the Israelites should not feel proud that God is giving them Canaan, for it is not their "goodness" that is "earning" them the land, but rather the fact that the current occupants are so wicked.
Have you ever had something bad happen to someone else, and just for a moment, you thought, "they deserved that"?
Do you ever take the credit for something good that has happened to you, without acknowledging that it was God that made it happen?
Moses goes on to say how much the Lord loves his people, yet that he also befriends the widow, the orphan, and the alien.
Do you find time to spend helping/visiting with someone who is NOT member of your church, your family, or your particular denomination? Why or why not?
~Reading: Deuteronomy: Chapters 9-11
(9:1) "Hear, O Israel! You are now about to cross the Jordan to enter in and dispossess nations greater and stronger than yourselves, having large cities fortified to the sky."
(9:4-6) "After the Lord, your God, has thrust them out of your way, do not say to yourselves, 'It is because of my merits that the Lord has brought me in to possess this land'; for it is really because of the wickedness of these nations that the Lord is driving them out before you."
(10:12-22) "And now, Israel, what does the Lord, your God, ask of you but to fear the Lord, your God, and to follow his ways exactly, to love and serve the Lord, your God, with all your heart and all your soul, to keep with the commandments and statues of the Lord which I enjoin on you today for your own good? Think! The heavens, even the highest heavens, belong to the Lord, your God, as well as the earth and everything on it. Yet in his love for your fathers the Lord was so attached to them as to choose you, their descendants, in preference to all other peoples, as indeed he has now done. Circumcise your hearts, therefore, and be no longer stiff-necked. For the Lord, your God, is the God of gods, the Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who has no favorites, accepts no bribes; who executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and befriends the alien, feeding and clothing him. So you too must befriend the alien, for you were once aliens yourselves in the land of Egypt. The Lord, your God, shall you fear, and him shall you serve; hold fast to him and swear by his name. He is your glory, he, your God, who has done for you these great and terrible things which your own eyes have seen. Your ancestors when down to Egypt seventy strong, and now the Lord, your God, has made you as numerous as the stars of the sky."
(11:26-32) "I set before you here, this day, a blessing and a curse: a blessing for obeying the commandments of the Lord, your God, which I enjoin on you today; a curse if you do not obey the commandments of the Lord, your God, but turn aside from the way I ordain for you today, to follow other gods, whom you have not known. When the Lord, your God, brings you into the land which you are to enter and occupy, then you shall pronounce the blessing on Mount Gerizim, the curse on Mount Ebal. [Are they not beyond the Jordan, on the other side of the western road in the country of the Canaanites who live in the Arabah, opposite the Gilgal beside the terebinth of Moreh?] For you are about to cross the Jordan to enter and occupy the land which the Lord, your God, is giving you. When therefore, you take possession of it and settle there, be careful to observe all the statutes and decrees that I set before you today.
Jennifer Becker Landsberger
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~~~Prayer before Writing-
Oh creator of the universe, who has set the stars in the heavens and causes the sun to rise and set, shed the light of your wisdom into the darkness of my mind. Fill my thoughts with a loving knowledge of you, that I may bring you like to others. Just as you can make even babies speak your truth, instruct my tongue and guide my pen to convey the wonderful glory of the Gospel. Make my intellect sharp, my memory clear, and my words eloquent, so that I may faithfully interpret the mysteries what you have revealed.
To my readers & fellow writers,
1. I will pray that God's grace helps illuminate all of our interactions- both those of simple reading and more active conversations.
2. I will communicate with you respectfully and civilly. These are (rightly) issues which we feel passionate about. But even in disagreements, I will respect you fellow "seekers of truth."
3. I will not fall into negative behavior or words, such as insinuations, exaggerations, blames, or personal attacks. I respectfully ask you to do the same.
4. I will pray we will all find the truth and strive to fulfill the two greatest commandments: "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these." (Mark 12:30-31)
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