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Deuteronomy 7





By: Josh Boles


Today’s devotional will be a bit shorter for two reasons. One, so some of you can get caught up since we had to send two yesterday. Second, because I want to do something a little different today that will have you doing some investigating on your own. I want to take you through a hermeneutical principle that is very helpful when trying to find the meaning of the text. Just to clarify, hermeneutics is Bible interpretation and, we all interpret the Bible every time we read it. This is why it is important to have some tools like this.

Today I want to take a look at a couple of different components of a sentence structure. The first thing I want you to do is read carefully verses 1-7. Now, see if you can identify all of the active and passive verbs.  When a verb is active, the subject of the verb is doing the action. When a verb is passive the subject undergoes the action rather than doing it. Here is an example of an active verb. Jack will win the game. I won’t tell you how many I found, but search through these verses and try to identify the active verbs.

Now, ask yourself what you can learn from all of these. If it helps, get a notepad and a pen, and jot all of them down. Look at all of them and look for patterns, or themes. Compare them to the passive verbs, if there are any. I will give you one example of what I think this means, and I hope some of you will come find me and share your insights with me. These things that are being spoke of in verses 1-7 have not happened yet, but Moses speaks of all of these things as if they are sure things. He does not say anything like “The Lord Should drive out many nations.” He says “the Lord Will.” This shows Moses faith in the Promise of God.

It is also important to look for changes in the theme. Notice how verse 1-7 talk about what will happen. Now take a look at verse 7-12. These verses give us the “why” these things will happen. Again here, look for common words. Look for the verbs, or if you are feeling really ambitions look at a sentence structure diagram and see what else you can pull out of the text. I hope that many of you will share the insights you have from this section as well.

The next two sections are a bit different then the other two. Both of them start out with a conditional sentence. The first word in both paragraphs is “if.”  Here, Moses is trying to warn them that even though God’s promises are a sure thing, we all have a responsibility to be obedient. If we do not, there are consequences. 2 Chronicles 7:14 is a perfect example. If my people pray, I will heal their land. That verse is a conditional sentence with an active verb. Enough of that though, I hope you will explore this section and you guessed it, come share your insights with me.

The point in all of this is that you do not have to be a Biblical scholar to interpret, and find meaning in the scripture. You also do not have to be an expert in grammar, I certainly am not. If you have read any of my writings, I’m sure you have found many mistakes and typos. The point is to take some extra effort and dig into the text. We all have a responsibility to study God’s Word. I hope this helps some of you even just a little bit!

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Deuteronomy 6

SCRIPTURE:  Deuteronomy 6

BY: Jeremy Witt

The nation of Israel is at the brink of entering into the Promised Land.  Moses is reminding of what the LORD has done.  He has just given them the 10 Commandments, and is calling the people to obedience.  Chapter 6 has one of the most important building blocks of the Jewish faith.  It is called the Shemah, which means “to hear.”  It begins in verse 4. 

“Hear O Israel, the LORD our God, the LORD is one.”  This refers to God being one.  The theologians refer to this as monotheism or belief in one god.  Polytheism is a belief in many gods.  Judaism is the first monotheistic religion in the world.  The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob was different from every other faith in the world.  They were the first.  God intended them to impact the world.  He called them to be different and set apart.  They were to be the priests to the nations. 

Verse 5 is the most important commandment in all of Scripture.  Jesus clarifies this in the New Testament when approached by the religious scholars in Matthew 22:37.  The next verses give us the framework for how we should relate the Word of God to our daily lives.  In verse 6, we are told to commit wholeheartedly to the commands they are given.  Verse 7 tells us to repeat them all day long and to our children.  Repetition is a great way of learning, memorizing, and keeping God’s Word in front of us.  Verse 8 was taken so literally by some that they wore “boxes” with the Scripture inside of them! 

Verses 10-13 is a prophecy of what is to come in the Promised Land but also a warning not to forget the LORD.  When things are good are typically the times in our lives that we think everything is all right, and we fail to trust in the LORD. 

Verses 14-19 are more warnings, and some that we need to understand ourselves.  We discover that God is jealous and does not tolerate worshipping of anything else in verse 15.  Verse 16 tells us not to test the LORD.  Verse 18 tells us to do what is right and we will be blessed.  We must be careful not to define what that means exactly as God can bless us in a variety of ways.

Moses gives some parenting helps.  It is ‘when’ not ‘if’ your children ask you what these laws mean.  The purpose is to pass God’s laws to your children, so that they can continue the covenant and know God and what He expects.  He then explains how to tell your kids by recounting the history and what God expects of us. 

God’s design was for the nation of Israel to impact the nations.  How would this be done?  By beginning in the home is the plan.  Families will impact the world by following His guidelines.  Our first job as parents is to train up our children to know God and His expectations.  We must keep this on the forefront of our daily routines, so we do not fail as God’s instruments and fail as a parent. 

It’s not too late to start today.

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