Deuteronomy 32:46 Love for God’s Word

Deuteronomy 32:46 (KJV)
And he said unto them, Set your hearts unto all the words which I testify among you this day, which ye shall command your children to observe to do, all the words of this law.

Set your hearts unto all the words.”

Affection for God is directly tied to our affection for His Words. It is key in the Christian life therefore to 

  • Learn
  • Memorize
  • Read and
  • Meditate 

upon all the words we find in God’s Word. 

The atheist, the agnostic, the antagonist will attack the Bible as aggressively as they possibly can. The cultist, the heretic, the apostate will twist misquote, rewrite, and wrest out of context God’s Word. 

The Christian must therefore never assume that a close relationship with the Lord may be maintained without a love for the Word of God. Such a love will lead to lingering in thought upon it, being drawn to it, a recall of it, and an intense passion to defend it. 

Loving God begins with His love for us. It is stirred by our love for His Words to us. 

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Deuteronomy 32:46 Love for God’s Word

Deuteronomy 30:11 Do It Now

Deuteronomy 30:11 (KJV)
For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off.

This passage, down to Deuteronomy 30:14 (KJV)
But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it. reminds me of the New Testament passage that refers to it. 

Romans 10:8-13 (KJV)
But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Both passages begin and end with golden nuggets of truth. I suspect the vein of gold, however, is to be found in what’s between. If we connect the Old with the New, and I am confident that it is appropriate to do so, we find that the commandment so near and not hidden, the commandment we may and must do, is this simple, 

Romans 10:13 (KJV)
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

  • This is not hidden
  • This is not difficult 
  • This is not limited

If you have never called upon the name of the Lord to be saved, I beg you to do it now. 

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Deuteronomy 30:11 Do It Now

Deuteronomy 29:29 Pretty Basic

Deuteronomy 29:29 (KJV)
The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.

There are two “things” spoken of in this verse,

  • The secret things
  • Those things which are revealed unto us

It seems pretty basic to me.
There are things we do not and cannot know
In some cases, God reveals them later. In some cases, He gives mankind the ability to discover through study and practice. There are yet many things that are completely secret to us. 

  • We do not know what lies beyond the grave 
  • We do not know how to preserve a life indefinitely 
  • We do not know how to create life 

These things belong exclusively unto the Lord. We are best left to trust Him in them. 

There are those things we know almost instinctively or that are plainly declared to us

  • That God is 
  • That we are accountable to Him 
  • That the Word of God, in the Bible, is true, infallible, and profitable 

Knowing these things, our wisest course of action is to know His word and then to do it. 

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Deuteronomy 29:29 Pretty Basic

Deuteronomy 28:15 Overtaken

Deuteronomy 28:15 (KJV)
But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee:

There are I think two reasons why the Jews, the children of Israel, have been so hated. 
They have been hated because they are God’s people
Satan hates all of humanity because we are created in the image of God and he hates God. The Jews have been particularly hated because they are that chosen race by which God gave the world Jesus. Those who hate God hate Jews. 

They have also been hated because of their participation in the crucifixion of Jesus 
Misguided and likely false professing Christians, Catholic and Protestant, took ought against the Jews as the enemies of Christ. This is such an obvious misunderstanding of Scriptures as even Christ, as He was dying, prayed that they be forgiven. 

The fact remains, the Jews have been the target of hatred for just about as long as we have a record. 

God pronounced that it would be so. I do not believe that the curse of Deuteronomy is so much that God brings this upon them as it is this is the consequence of turning from God. A people belonging to God but far from him are a helpless prey to Satan and to those under his influence. 

I think we find here a very accurate application of, Matthew 18:7 (KJV) 
Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh! 

Offenses happen in this corrupt world. When we turn aside from the blessings of God, we may expect those offenses to be more frequent, more intense, and less merciful. Left away from God we are “easy pickin’s” for the devil and his own. 

But woe to the one by whom it comes.
What happened to the Jews, in WWII for instance, can be explained by the fact that they are the children of God and by the German’s misguided Protestant hatred of them for Christ’s execution. That it can be explained in no way implicates God nor does it excuse the Germans who perpetrated this atrocity. 

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Deuteronomy 28:15 Overtaken

Deuteronomy 27:5 The Work of the Ministry

Deuteronomy 27:5 (KJV)
And there shalt thou build an altar unto the LORD thy God, an altar of stones: thou shalt not lift up any iron tool upon them.

Here is a marvelous picture of the work of the ministry. 

  • We are to build His work where He chooses
  • We are to build His work with those whom He prepares 
  • We are to build by gathering those He has prepared 
  • We are not to lay a hand to them except to gather them
  • We are to plainly declare God’s words at that place

That is the work in a nutshell. We see exactly what we are to do and exactly what we are not to do. 

Focus on our work. 

Leave everything else to God 

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Deuteronomy 27:5 The Work of the Ministry

Deuteronomy 22:2 Help A Brother Out

Deuteronomy 22:2 (KJV)
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.

The scriptures are clear and, I think, practical. Followers of the Lord ought to be helpful one of another. That “finders’ keepers” mentality isn’t supposed to belong in us. 

  • We must resist it, choose to be helpful.
  • We must choose to have the time. 
  • We must choose to care one of another. 

I notice first that it concerns more than cattle or sheep 
It can be any sort of animal. It can be any sort of personal property. 

I notice secondly that it concerns any brother 
It matters not if he happens to be close to you or a brother less familiar. The goal is always to be helpful, to restore, to be neighborly. 

I notice it concerns matters other than if a thing is lost 
If our brother or neighbor is in any sort of need the intent is that we go out of our way to help a brother out. 

Churches, God’s perfect place to perfect God’s people, would be even more perfect if we sincerely practiced this principle.

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Deuteronomy 22:2 Help A Brother Out

Deuteronomy 17:7 Strict Guidelines

Deuteronomy 17:7 (KJV)
The hands of the witnesses shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterward the hands of all the people. So thou shalt put the evil away from among you.

Exodus 20:13 (KJV)
Thou shalt not kill.

Exodus 20:13 (KJV) 
Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour. 

That a life should ever be taken is one of the most horrific of things. 

  • Life is precious, 
  • Cannot be regained, 
  • It is a gift from God

However, there are times when, as horrific as it is, it must be done:

  • In war
  • In self defense
  • In judgment 

God’s Word provided for the case of capital punishment. But it provided for it under very strict guidelines. 

  • The thing must be certain 
  • There must be a minimum of two witnesses and
  • The witnesses must be the first to perform the judgment 

This would have minimized false witnesses. If it was difficult to assemble multiple people willing to bear false witness it would have been doubly difficult to find them willing to carry their witness out in the “hands on” participation of the execution.

We must never rejoice that a soul, any soul, loses his life. 

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Deuteronomy 17:7 Strict Guidelines

Deuteronomy 12:3 Our Undoing

Deuteronomy 12:3 (KJV)
And ye shall overthrow their altars, and break their pillars, and burn their groves with fire; and ye shall hew down the graven images of their gods, and destroy the names of them out of that place.

Israel was to utterly destroy all of the objects of Canaanite worship and remove any reminder of their false gods. They were further instructed not to do the same with the LORD God. We know that Israel did not obey this exactly. It was in their halfhearted obedience they found their nation’s future problems. 

We see the very same pattern among most Christians. It is not that we utterly dismiss God. We like to feign obedience. We wish for His blessing and His hand of help. 

Christians would deny denying God. 

The problem is that Christians refuse to utterly reject worldliness and further refuse absolute surrender to God. The disagreements among the professing children of God almost always comes down to what an individual believer is willing to reject of the world or what they are willing to surrender to God. 

And it’s our ultimate undoing. 

It hinders our prayers, builds hurdles for spiritual growth, and creates hazards for future generations. 

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Deuteronomy 12:3 Our Undoing

Deuteronomy 10:5 There They Be

Deuteronomy 10:5 (KJV)
And I turned myself and came down from the mount, and put the tables in the ark which I had made; and there they be, as the LORD commanded me.

There they be 
This is the second copy of the Ten Commandments because Moses broke the originals after Israel broke their principles in sin. This copy was no less the Word of God. It was no less inspired or infallible. It had the same author, was from the same source, and delivered to the people by the same hand. 

There they be 
Time had not altered it. Written near forty years previous to this, they had been delivered to the ark, guarded by the priests, and overseen by God. 

There they be
The same may be said of the Word of God today. Though many assume it has been corrupted beyond recognition and indeed there are corrupted versions, almighty God gave His Word, He placed it in the care of His people, and He alone as overseen its transmission and preservation.

There they be
Sixty-six books collected under the watchful eye of God, protected through the centuries, and available to all who would but take an interest and read them.

There they be
Grab a Bible, open its pages, meet its author, be saved and then live for the glory of God. 

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Deuteronomy 10:5 There They Be

Deuteronomy 9:6 An Understanding

Deuteronomy 9:6 (KJV)
Understand therefore, that the LORD thy God giveth thee not this good land to possess it for thy righteousness; for thou art a stiffnecked people.

God told Israel that the nation they were about to possess was, in fact greater and mightier than they were. They had: 

  • Great cities
  • Fenced walls and
  • Giant people

There was no way Israel would possess this land in their own power. They had to understand ahead of time that it was God who would defeat them. 

Further God told Israel that it was not because they were more righteous than the others that he would give them the land. It was because of the wickedness of the Canaanites they would be driven out but not because of the righteousness of Israel. They had to understand that they had not earned the privilege of being the victor. They were themselves a stiff-necked people. 

Christians today would do well to get hold of this truth. It is not because we are righteous that we earn God’s favor, power, or blessings. We don’t pay a price for His anointing. We don’t earn the ear of God through our obedience. We don’t somehow deserve His favor because we win souls or support missions. We have God’s favor, as children of God, because we have Jesus. 

The key to successful Christian living is to understand this, appreciate Jesus, and remain close to Him. 

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Deuteronomy 9:6 An Understanding