The Laws that Govern the Future Deuteronomy 4:44-26:19, cont’d.
Deuteronomy 4:44-12:32 Laws Concerning God, cont’d.
Deuteronomy 8-10 is a review of God’s faithfulness in the past.
Deuteronomy 8:1-6-They are to “remember” how God has dealt with them in the past. God was "testing" (:16) and "disciplining" the people in the wilderness. He "humbled you and let you be hungry, and fed you with manna"...so that they would realize their dependence upon Him..."that He might make you understand that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the LORD".
Deuteronomy 8:7-The reason for this was so that they would be prepared for living in the Promised Land...and that they would not forget the source of the blessings that they have...and begin to think that they had done it themselves.
Deuteronomy 8:10-20-Another warning to not become comfortable and satisfied with what they have and forget that it all came from the Lord.
Deuteronomy 9:1-29-The reason that the LORD is taking the land from its current residences is not because of the righteousness of the Israelites, but because of the wickedness of the current residents. He reminds the people that over and over again they have been rebellious and stubborn…at Horeb (:8ff), at Taberah, Massah, Kibroth-hattavah, and at Kadesh-barnea (:22-23).
Deuteronomy 10:1-11-Moses recalls how God told him to bring two more tablets up on the mountain so that He could replace the ones that Moses had broken.
Deuteronomy 10:12-11:32-Now that the review of chapters 8-10 is over…based on what was contained there…God is going to call Israel to be committed to Him. "And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require from you...”…to fear (respect) Him, walk in His ways, love Him, serve Him, keep His commandments and statutes. Again, based on Who God is (:14-17a) and what God does (:17b-18)… they are to live in keeping with His character (:19) and that will demonstrate their commitment to Him (:20-22)
Prayer: Lord, help me to live in a manner that is a reflection of Who You are. Let Your presence in me be so powerful, so unhindered…that it will affect everything that I am, and everything that I do.