Friday, March 11, 2016

Friday March 11th: Deuteronomy 1-2 ~ Conrad

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is: Deuteronomy 1-2

The wandering is over, and approximately 40 years have passed since the Hebrews left Egypt.  They are ready to go into Canaan to possess it, but before they do, they must take a course in history.

I can only imagine how eager the Israelite's would have been at this point.  They would have been like a child in a candy store.  So close to their destination, but first a speech?  It would be like opening a bag of salt 'n vinegar chips only to look at the chips and smell them, but not being able to taste them.  If their patience wasn't tested before, it might be now.    

So Moses provides a recap of history along with some laws to reiterate. After all, everyone with the exception of Moses, Caleb, and Joshua, had been younger than 20 when the covenant was established at Mount Sinai.

As Moses goes back in time, he talks about the return of the spies.  Despite their initial report of a good land (vs 26), the people were afraid to go into Canaan because they did not have their trust placed in God.  Moses goes on to tell the "children" of these rebels that the penalty for that rebellion was death in the wilderness.  

Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.  Moses did not want history to repeat itself, so this review was crucial.  The next step to avoiding a repeat of disaster is the ability and desire to remember history.

We all know Israel's ability in remembering God's promises, God's words, God's deliverance, God's commands, God's blessings, and God's curses.  But do we?  Will history be repeated in our lives?  Are we a broken record, that just keeps playing the same situations over and over and over again?  Have we given God our whole heart?  Or are we wandering in our Christian walk and taking a much longer, harder journey to the destination that God is calling us to?

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Deuteronomy 3-4


Funker said...

I find Moses' attempt to re-write history funny. Deuteronomy 1:9-18 makes it sound like it was his idea. It was Moses' father in law Jethro's idea (Exodus 18:17-26). Admit when wisdom comes to you and people will give you credit when wisdom comes from you.

Deuteronomy 1:37 bothers me. Moses tries to shift the blame about why he will not enter Canaan.
Quick summary: Moses threw a tantrum and struck the rock when God had told him to speak to it (Numbers 20:8-11). God made it clear that Moses was responsible for his own fate (Numbers 20:12)
But the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, "Because you have not believed in Me and honoured Me as holy in the eyes of the people of Israel, you will not bring these people into the land I have given them."

We control our actions...and we are fully accountable for them. No one else. To suggest otherwise questions God's Just and Righteous Judgement. People have been consumed by fire or swallowed into the earth for less.

TammyIsBlessed said...

It is so important to be reminded both of God's faithfulness, and of our own propensity towards faithlessness.

Cam - I thought this article was interesting and it has some other thoughts on 1:37 (the same thought had occurred to me as well)