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Deuteronomy 11

DAILY DEVOTION

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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 31

SCRIPTURE:  Deuteronomy 11

BY: Jeremy Witt

Moses starts off talking to parents, grandparents and other adults.  He calls them to love God and obey Him.  In verse two, Moses points out that he isn’t talking to the younger generations.  Why is this?  The older generation had experienced the miracles of God and saw His power and miracles.  Their faith grew as they walked with God.  They had trusted Him in a variety of ways.  But their children and grandchildren had not.  God specifically tells the parents to love God and to obey.  He doesn’t simply say obey, but He points out first that they are to love God.  Our kids need to us love God and serve Him.  They need to see us obey His Words.  This helps them to see for themselves what God can do in our lives.  We as parents are to be the example before our kids.  This is why God calls parents to love God and obey His Word.  It is for our kids and for their faith to become their own.  This is key for them to become lifelong followers of God.  Because parents have not done this today is why so many young adults leave their faith.  It was not real.  It was not their own faith, but simply their parents faith, which is never enough.

In verses 8 and following, Moses tells the people of the blessings of obedience.  If you will do this, then these blessings will follow.  If you notice, obedience led to a variety of blessings.  Go read verses 8-15 and notice what areas of life are affected by obedience.

Verse 16-17 are critical for us to grasp.  Just like Jeremiah 17:9 addresses this issue as well.  You and I simply cannot trust our hearts.  Notice in verse 17 what is deceived.  It is not our brain.  It is not our eyes, ears, or mouth.  It is our hearts.  Our hearts can be deceived.  What guides our heart?  Our feelings and our emotions guide our  heart.  Our feelings can be influenced by lack of sleep, lack of good nutrition, due to medications we are taking, chemical imbalances within our body, and lack of exercise.  Our hearts and feelings are susceptible to a variety of things.  Yet our world says, “Trust your heart” or “listen to your gut.”  NO! NO! NO!  God’s Words teaches us that our heart can be deceived and mislead us.  We must trust in the LORD and in His Word, which does not change.  Notice verse 17 and the implications of following our hearts. 

We see Moses repeat the Shemah in verses 18-21.  Be careful to obey the commands of the LORD.  When we do these things, the blessings will come.  Moses points out some immediate blessings they would receive when they were faithful.  Notice the promises in verse 25!

We see a crossroads in verse 26.  A blessing or a curse are the results.  Naturally we want the blessing, but will we stick to God’s pattern or trust our hearts?  Because we have the ability to look backwards, we know that the Israelites failed to stick to God’s standard and they trusted in their own ways of doing things.  They followed their hearts.  They received the curse when they lost their land, the Temple, and their place near God. 

Are you following the pattern of the Israelites?  Is your family?  Are you children seeing you love God and obey His Word or are they watching you chase your heart’s desires?  Are we leading our families to worship the LORD God and know Him personally?  What would our families look like if we did?  What would our church look like if we did?  What would our communities look like?  Imagine what if we were faithful and obedient to the LORD today.

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Deuteronomy 10

DAILY DEVOTION

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MONDAY, OCTOBER 29

SCRIPTURE:  Deuteronomy 10

BY: Jeremy Witt

As we begin this chapter, we discover Moses has to make two tablets of stone again.  In verse 2, we read how God pointed out that Moses smashed them or shattered them.  Maybe it is my twisted sense of humor, but I think God may have been ribbing Moses a bit for losing his temper.  Remember it was Moses who begged God not to wipe the people out and start all over.  I find that ironic.  Nevertheless, Moses cuts the stone tablets and goes back up the mountain as we read in verses 1-5.  The tablets were to be placed in the Ark of the Covenant and remain there.  We know that the tablets were still there 500 years later when Solomon put them in the Temple in 1 Kings 8:9.  We see them again 300 years later under King Josiah in 2 Chronicles 35:3.

Moses continues his historical review through verse 11.  We come across a passage in verses 12-22 that we read clear instructions on what the people were to do.  A lot of times we want God to simply tell us what to do, so we can be faithful.  We grow frustrated with the uncertainty.  We desire something tangible to do.  So God gives us these passages so that we may know clearly.  This passage is similar to the one Brother Joe spoke about yesterday in Micah 6:8.  Act justly, show mercy, and walk humbly before the LORD are some of what we heard yesterday.  This passage gives us some clear things to do as well.

In verse 12, we read that we are to fear the LORD God and to live in a way that pleases Him.  This fear is a healthy fear of respect, awe, honor, and knowledge of that He is in control and we are not.  This is not the same type of fear like we may have of snakes, spiders, clowns, etc.  This type of fear is not meant to cripple us but to have us to be cautious with how we treat this relationship and that we should protect it, obey Him, and live in a way that pleases Him, loving Him, and serving Him with all we have.  We show this by obeying Him.  This commandments are there to protect us not to harm us. 

Verses 14-15 causes us to see how big God is and yet He still chose this small, insignificant amount of people to use to impact the world.  So Moses calls them out directly and says, “change your hearts and stop being stubborn” as verse 16 states.  Ultimately, this is what God intended for circumcision to fully accomplish.  It was not just a physical act, but also an internal act of removing anything that doesn’t fear God, serve God, love God and cause us to be selfish and stubborn.  Circumcision is meant to be a spiritual act as well.

We discover several truths of God in verses 17-18.  He is great and mighty and shows no partiality and cannot be bribed.  We can’t earn or pay Him off.  It doesn’t matter who we are or who we think we are.  He is above us all.  He is the God of gods and LORD of lords.  He is above everything we think is important.  Verse 18 shows us that God is full of mercy.  He takes care of those who are forgotten, the widows and orphans.  They will find justice with Him.  He will be their provider.  He will do this for the foreigners.  When we apply this, it supercedes nationalities, politics, and birthplaces.  All people matter. 

Verse 20 we are reminded again to obey the LORD and worship Him.  Verse 21 says to us again, He is the only one worthy of your (our) praise.  Look at what the LORD has done in your life.  Remember the times of how the LORD has provided financially, the times of how He healed, the times how He protected your life, the times that God spoke to you despite all the things you have done, He spoke to little ol’ you!  Remember the times God was there when no one else was.  Remember how you cried and He comforted you in ways you needed but didn’t realize in the moment.  Remember the LORD and what He has done.  It is good for us to remember what the LORD has done!

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