|A QUICK LOOK BACK|
Moses is still teaching. This is Moses’ last hurrah, and last chance to encourage Israel to obey God. Like a worried Mother filling her son’s ears with last minute instructions before dropping him off at summer camp, Moses has one last chance to tell Israel what they truly need to know. The battles for the Promised Land are just around the corner. This is very important.
THE ROAD AHEAD
In the movie “It’s A Wonderful Life” George Bailey gets a chance to see what life would have been like without him. He can then compare that possible reality to the one he is in now and choose which way he will go. In a newer movie “The Butterfly Effect” Ashton Kutcher’s character has a strange ability to go into the past and make different decisions that change history and therefore create new futures. Our choices and actions have consequences. If only we could, like in these movies, know what the future effects of our actions would be, maybe we would choose differently. Israel wouldn’t mind a glimpse into the future either. Lucky for them, God provides it. Moses lays out for them two paths that they can choose: life or death. Now when you put it that way, who in their right mind would choose death? If you choose to obey God’s commands, keep God’s festivals, and live in harmony with one another, you will have a good happy life blessed by God. We already know what will happen. But if we disobey God, ignore God’s commands, and go our own way after other gods, things will be bad. We already know this will happen. We can choose obedience, blessing and life or rebellion, suffering, and death. Doesn’t seem like much of a choice when you put it that way. But it is amazing how we mess it up all the time! Once they are in the land, and suffer the consequences of their choices, we can’t say God didn’t warn them!
Keep reading, and I’ll see you in the Bible!
WEEK 10 Reading Schedule:
Mar 5 Deuteronomy 17-20 Judges, Kings, and Prophets, Rules of War
Mar 6 Deuteronomy 21-23 Purging Evil
Mar 7 Deuteronomy 24-27 Compassion for the Poor, Tithes and First Fruits
Mar 8 Deuteronomy 28-29 Covenant Renewed, Blessings and Curses
Mar 9 Deuteronomy 30-31 Choose Life
Mar 10 Deuteronomy 32-34; Psalms 91 Moses’ Farewell and Death
Mar 11 Joshua 1-4 Joshua Commissioned