Deuteronomy 34:9 Passing On Our Gifts

Deuteronomy 34:9 (KJV)
And Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom; for Moses had laid his hands upon him: and the children of Israel hearkened unto him, and did as the LORD commanded Moses.

I imagine that most people think of “the laying on of hands” of preachers, at an ordination of a young preacher, as a formality. It certainly isn’t magical. No bolts fly from the sky and this young preacher still wrestles to grow in his ministry.

But I think a person could say all of that was true of Joshua too. Prior to Moses laying his hands on Joshua:

There were years of personal service
As Joshua worked under Moses.

There was observation and growth
As both men watched the other, Joshua was trained and Moses grew in trust of Joshua.

There were battles and trials
Where Joshua proved himself as a qualified leader for Israel.

But then the Bible says Joshua possessed the spirit of wisdom “for Moses had laid his hands upon him.

The testing and training and time must not be neglected, but then, neither should our faith in God passing gifts from one preacher to another.

 

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Deuteronomy 33:1 Giving Blessings

Deuteronomy 33:1 (KJV)
And this is the blessing, wherewith Moses the man of God blessed the children of Israel before his death.

I would like to be known for the blessings I give before my death.

I don’t mean that, before I die, I get the chance to gather a bunch of people around me and say, “bless you.” I mean I would like to be commonly known for being one that both is a blessing and gives out blessings.

  • I want to be known for my faith in God
  • I want to be known for my walk with Him and
  • I want to be known for bringing the blessings God has given me to those around me.

 

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Deuteronomy 31:8 It Is The Lord

Deuteronomy 31:8 (KJV)
And the LORD, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.

Moses was about to wrap up his ministry. Deuteronomy is, if you will, his swan song. When it is completed he must bid his nation adieu.

Now, in these final chapters, we witness the change of command. The baton is about to be passed from Moses to Joshua. This seasoned leader knows something of what lay ahead for Joshua. He also has some experience with the emotions that must be racing through his prodigy. His concern was about the fear in Joshua’s heart. Moses attempted to calm those fears with this doctrine, “the Lord, He it is that doth go before thee.”

  • It wasn’t Moses before him
  • It wasn’t the fathers of his faith before him
  • It wasn’t his enemies before him and
  • It wasn’t Israel before him

It was the Lord who led his way.

Too much faith is placed today on forces other than the Lord. When we see Christ in the front line we know we have nothing to fear.

 

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Deuteronomy 28:13 Be The Leader

Deuteronomy 28:13 (KJV)
And the LORD shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the LORD thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them:

It seems fairly universal to understand the head as one of leadership and dignity and the tail as one of lower station.

It is a blessing to be a leader. There is responsibility and burden associated with leadership and authority but also blessing. The Christian must not shy away from responsibility. It is appropriate and right for us to accept our standing and give honor to those above us. It is also completely appropriate for us to

  • Recognize whatever position of leadership we have been given
  • Accept that position wholeheartedly and
  • Fulfill it fervently

It is neither spiritual nor a sign of genuine humility to shrink from it.

 

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Deuteronomy 23:9 In Times of Crisis

Deuteronomy 23:9 (KJV)
When the host goeth forth against thine enemies, then keep thee from every wicked thing.

There is never a right time to do a wrong thing. The thing that is wicked is wicked every day, at all times, in any place and under any circumstances.

Do not do wrong.

But there are, in the Bible, certain times when a special sanctification to the Lord is called for.

  • Moses need only put off his shoes while at the burning bush
  • Israel need only cleanse their homes of leaven during the Passover season
  • Fasting is not necessary for answers to every prayer

But in some extreme cases, answers can only be gotten through fasting and prayer. And in times of national crisis, such as when our armies are in combat, a time of national cleansing, confession of sin and revival is in order.

Not sense WWII has the United States rallied behind our troops in sacrifice and prayer.

Not until we return to that will we experience God’s intervention in those crises.

 

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Deuteronomy 22:1-4 Finders Is Not Keepers

Deuteronomy 22:1-4 (KJV)
Thou shalt not see thy brother’s ox or his sheep go astray, and hide thyself from them: thou shalt in any case bring them again unto thy brother.
And if thy brother be not nigh unto thee, or if thou know him not, then thou shalt bring it unto thine own house, and it shall be with thee until thy brother seek after it, and thou shalt restore it to him again.
In like manner shalt thou do with his ass; and so shalt thou do with his raiment; and with all lost thing of thy brother’s, which he hath lost, and thou hast found, shalt thou do likewise: thou mayest not hide thyself.
Thou shalt not see thy brother’s ass or his ox fall down by the way, and hide thyself from them: thou shalt surely help him to lift them up again.

Cowboys honor the spirit of this passage to this day. They do it in two ways:

  • They return livestock when it escapes and finds its way to his property
  • They assist one another whenever someone’s livestock gets loose

They do not assume a loose animal is free for the taking.

Notice that the passage applies to more than livestock. Anything that is not ours is to be returned to the owner. If the owner is not readily known, he may take to himself but with the provision that when and if the owner is discovered he will restore it.

It relates to a value of ethics that should exist yet today.

  • No animal is ours unless we purchase it
  • No thing is ours if someone else has a rightful claim to it
  • No church member belongs to a church unless the previous pastor approves it

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Deuteronomy 21:1-3 Revival In Government

Deuteronomy 21:1-3 (KJV)
If one be found slain in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee to possess it, lying in the field, and it be not known who hath slain him:
Then thy elders and thy judges shall come forth, and they shall measure unto the cities which are round about him that is slain:
And it shall be, that the city which is next unto the slain man, even the elders of that city shall take an heifer, which hath not been wrought with, and which hath not drawn in the yoke;

The city officials took responsibility for the loss of life if the guilty party could not be found. Our cities would be better places if those in authority took responsibility before God for the crimes of the city.

Notice that they didn’t write new laws to restrict the freedoms of their citizens. Such an action ultimately puts the blame on the citizens rather than the officials. What they did was appeal to God for mercy. Here is our country’s great problem. Our leaders are:

  • Moving farther away from God
  • Refusing to accept spiritual accountability and therefore
  • Blaming the problems on everyone other than those God made accountable

We need a spiritual revival in government. We need officials who:

  • Confess their sins
  • Own the sins of their citizenry and
  • Seek God for mercy

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Deuteronomy 19:4-5 Just Read Your Bible

Deuteronomy 19:4-5 (KJV)
And this is the case of the slayer, which shall flee thither, that he may live: Whoso killeth his neighbour ignorantly, whom he hated not in time past;
As when a man goeth into the wood with his neighbour to hew wood, and his hand fetcheth a stroke with the axe to cut down the tree, and the head slippeth from the helve, and lighteth upon his neighbour, that he die; he shall flee unto one of those cities, and live:

More modern versions of the Bible change the Ten Commandments to read, “Thou shalt not murder” rather than the King James, Thou shalt not kill.

Invariably they will claim the more modern version is more accurate. They will also likely point out that the newer translation solves a problem with the King James; that being that “kill” includes other times when the Bible approves death such as in war or in the case of the death penalty. No such problem exists for the one who will but read all of God’s Word. Thou shalt not kill is completely appropriate. No modern improvement is necessary. All we need to do is compare Scripture with Scripture. Here we have but one example where the Word of God defines that sort of “kill” that is against the commandments and that which is not.

Just read your Bible. The King James Bible will make plenty of sense if you will do that.

 

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Deuteronomy 12:8-10 No Rush

Deuteronomy 12:8-10 (KJV)
Ye shall not do after all the things that we do here this day, every man whatsoever is right in his own eyes.
For ye are not as yet come to the rest and to the inheritance, which the LORD your God giveth you.
But when ye go over Jordan, and dwell in the land which the LORD your God giveth you to inherit, and when he giveth you rest from all your enemies round about, so that ye dwell in safety;

It was in the vicinity of four hundred years after these words were spoken before David brought the Ark to Jerusalem. Then it was only after David had died that God allowed for Solomon to build the Temple.

God had told David he could not build the Temple because he was a man of war. Specifically, it wasn’t because of David personally, but because they were still at war in David’s lifetime. It was under Solomon that Israel had rest from their enemies and dwelt safely.

We must not rush the things of God. His plan is sound and true and right but it is His plan, not ours. No good thing will come from forcing what is right. Only when God does His plan through us will eternal work be accomplished.

 

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Deuteronomy 10:12-13 With God, We Can Do This

Deuteronomy 10:12-13 (KJV)
And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul,
To keep the commandments of the LORD, and his statutes, which I command thee this day for thy good?

Of all the six hundred and some laws of the Mosaic system, Moses boils it all down to these. Nothing but:

  • Fear the Lord
  • Walk in His ways
  • Love Him
  • Serve Him with all the heart and soul
  • Keep his commandments and statutes

I am reminded that we are told, 1 John 5:3
For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

This isn’t tough. It’s nothing but a few key things God is expects of His children. If we aren’t obedient it is because we love the world too much or we depend upon our own strength instead of the power of the Holy Spirit.

With God, we can do this. No excuses.

 

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