Passing faith to the next generation!
Scripture Reading for February 21st: Deuteronomy 1-4
The name “Deuteronomy” literally means “second law”. Deuteronomy is quoted directly in 17 of the 27 New Testament books and alluded to nearly 80 more times. This book is a record of four sermons given by Moses to the congregation of Israel in the last months of his leadership. It records lessons he learned and wanted to pass on to the next generation who would possess the promised land.
Moses had led the nation for forty years as they circled the wilderness. A journey that should have taken less than two weeks stretched out because of grumbling, doubt and unbelief. (Deuteronomy 1:26-27) Moses, would not get to enter the promised land due to his dishonoring of God at Kadesh. (Numbers 20:8-12) God holds leaders to a higher standard because of the revelation and intimacy they share with Him.
Moses preached in the typical Jewish style of asking questions. “What other nation is so great as to have their gods near them the way the Lord our God is near us whenever we pray to him?” “And what other nation is so great as to have such righteous decrees and laws as this body of laws I am setting before you today?” (Deuteronomy 4:7-8) They were a special people marked by God traveling with them. They were marked by the holiness of God’s law which set them apart from all other nations! Moses had learned that the Israelites must teach these truths to their children and grandchildren in order to enter into their promised land of inheritance and live successfully in it!
Today believers are marked with God’s presence through the Holy Spirit who lives in them. He has written God’s law on their hearts and enables them to walk by faith in God’s laws and Word. Thank Him for godly people who have passed their faith down to us!
“Acknowledge and take to heart this day that the Lord is God in heaven above and on earth below. There is no other. Keep his decrees and commands, which I am giving you today, so it may go well with you and your children after you and that you may live long in the land the Lord your God gives you for all time.” Deuteronomy 4:39-40