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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

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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 times.  This book is a record of four sermons given by Moses to the congregation of Israel in the last year of his leadership.

Moses had led the nation for forty long years around the wilderness.  A journey that should have taken less than two weeks stretched out because of grumbling and complaining.  (Deuteronomy 1:26-27) Moses, himself, would not get to enter the promised land due to his own dishonoring of God at Kadesh. (Numbers 20:8-12)  Moses tried to blame the Israelites for his own sin. (Deuteronomy 1:37)

Moses also preached to the next generation to inspire faith in God. “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) The obvious answer is “none!”  They are a special people marked by God traveling with them and they must be careful to teach these truths to their children and grandchildren!

From these first chapters of Deuteronomy, I see several key lessons for us today.  First, a record of the past history of God’s dealings helps the next generation learn faith.  Moses wanted to pass on the lessons he learned so his children and grandchildren would possess the land God intended for them.  Secondly, the Law cannot take us into the promised land on our own effort. We need grace and faith to obey God.   Moses, himself, disobeyed God’s holy Word and was forbidden to enter Canaan.  Third, God promises victory to His followers.  He disciplines and warns them of potential trouble so that they might succeed.  God has plans for each generation to carry out His ultimate purpose of blessing the whole world!

“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

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Remember!

Scripture reading for February 22nd: Deuteronomy 1-4

Deuteronomy has a literal meaning of “second law” because Moses was recounting for them their past experiences with God.  This last book of Moses is a series of sermons that Moses gave in his last year with the Israelites, before he was taken to be with the Lord.  The congregation consisted of all those younger ones who were 20 years old or less when the exodus occurred, except for Joshua and Caleb.

“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)

God’s presence for guidance and prayer is so special.  God’s people were blessed to have a living God who cares for them and answers prayer.  Moses reminded these people of God’s provision and how He met their needs when they cried to Him.  He also gave them laws that made them a great nation.  These laws made them “righteous” if they would obey them and contrasted them with the pagan nations of Canaan.

“Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live.  Teach them to your children and to their children after them.  Remember . . .”  (Deuteronomy 4:9-10a)

A key word in Deuteronomy is “remember”! As a pastor, Moses is concerned that this younger generation will let their valuable lessons learned from forty years in the wilderness slip from memory.  He is concerned about the children that have been born and will be born into God’s family.  They must be taught by the parents and these lessons passed down so that the failures are not repeated and the successes are emphasized!   If we don’t learn from history, it will be repeated!

These pastoral concerns are as real today as they were 3500 years ago.  We are a people who must remember the Lord and teach our children.  Discipleship is needed with each generation if faith is to be passed down.  Take time today to remember all that the Lord has taken you through.  Thank Him for His grace and goodness  and remember your children!

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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 twenty seven 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 has led the nation for forty long years around the wilderness.  A journey that should have taken less than two weeks stretched out because of grumbling and complaining and doubt and unbelief.  (Deuteronomy 1:26-27) Moses, himself, will not get to enter the promised land due to his own dishonoring of God at Kadesh. (Numbers 20:8-12)  Moses seems to blame the Israelites for his own sin. (Deuteronomy 1:37)  God does hold leaders to a higher standard because of the revelation and intimacy they share with Him.  Moses is trying to impress upon this next generation why their parents suffered consequences of the wandering and death.

Moses also preaches to this next generation to inspire faith in God.  His questions to them are typical of the Jewish style of teaching.  In chapter 4 he asks them about God.  “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) The obvious answer is “none!”  They are a special people marked by God traveling with them.  They are marked by the holiness and love of God’s law which sets them apart from all other nations!  They must be careful to teach these truths to their children and grandchildren!

From these first chapters of Deuteronomy, I see several key lessons for us today.  First, a record of the past history of God’s dealings helps the next generation learn faith.  Moses wanted to pass on the lessons he learned so his children and grandchildren would enter in and possess all God intended for them.  We must honor our elders and learn from them.  Secondly, the Law, represented by Moses cannot take us into the promised land on our own effort. We need grace and faith in the sacrifice for sins and cleansing.  Moses, himself, disobeyed God’s holy Word and was forbidden to enter Canaan.  Third, God promises victory to His followers.  He disciplines and warns them of potential trouble so that they might succeed.  God is truly for his people!

“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

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