The book in the Bible that so many people want to skip over and move onto the “good stuff” but I promise that there is so much to be learned and applied to our own lives and walk with God from this incredible book.
I have gone through the entire book and chosen 10 truths to commit to heart, all found in Deuteronomy.
1.God Blesses Those Who Obey Him Wholeheartedly.
Chapter 1:35,36 “No one from this evil generation shall see the good land I swore to give your ancestors, except Caleb. He will see it, and I will give him and his descendants the land he sets his feet on, because he followed the Lord WHOLEHEARTEDLY.
That word “wholeheartedly” comes up a lot in this book and we should take notice. The Israelites who escaped from Egypt by the LORD’s help, strength, and purpose continued to turn away from God that not one of them got to enter into the Promise Land, except Caleb and Joshua. (if you continue reading chapter 1, God also says Joshua will enter.)
Can you imagine going through ALL THAT and never seeing the land promised to you? The Israelites continued to not trust God. They turned their back on Him over and over and over. But Joshua and Caleb were obedient with their whole hearts.
We should take this lesson to heart. God desires those who have committed to follow Him to trust Him, to stand firm in their faith, and to love Him with everything they are. He desires to give good things to His children. If only the Israelites hadn’t been so quick to sin, time and time again, they wouldn’t have had to wander in the wilderness for 40 years and they would’ve entered into the land promised to them.
2. & 3. Do Not Forget What God Did & Teach Them To Your Children.
“Only be careful and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your hearts as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.” 4:9
The Bible stories we read are not only for Veggie Tale episodes and Sunday school lessons. The stories of our history, yes OUR history, should be repeated and taught over and over again. Remembering that God is powerful, just, sovereign, mighty, compassionate, jealous, angry, loving, merciful, good, Fatherly, a Warrior is what keeps us in line: remembering that we are not here for God to serve us but we are meant to serve God.
So easily we forget the God of the Old Testament and only focus on Jesus in the New Testament. But they are one and the same in their mysterious way. God is STILL God. He does not change. His character is the exact same as it was in the time of Deuteronomy.
We need to reflect on what He did in the past and tell our children and grandchildren all about Him, giving Him ultimate praise for His mighty works and miracles. Even as adults, these are the stories we should be thinking on and sharing with others.
4. God Is A Jealous God, A Consuming Fire.
4:24 This is something we all need to think on every day. This is the same God we serve today. He has not changed!
“After you have had children and grandchildren and have lived in the land a long time – if you then become corrupt and make any kind of idol, doing evil in the eyes of the Lord your God and arousing His anger…..”
The verse doesn’t say “doing evil in your churches opinion, your pastor’s opinion, or your own personal opinion.” It says “Doing evil in the EYES OF THE LORD.” God’s standards are HIGH. There’s no such thing as a small sin. We have been deceived if we believe that gossip is not as bad as murder. In the heart of God, all sin separates us from Him. One sin was enough to condemn us to death. A death that Jesus took our place in, Praise God! This is why it’s important to remember Jesus saying that even looking at a woman in lust is committing adultery or hating someone is the same as murder. These things matter and when we continue in our sin, it angers the Lord.
He will not have His children worshipping others or things – celebrities, sports teams, people, social media, our dreams, our talents, our spouses, our children, etc.
JESUS, THE GREAT I AM, IS THE ONLY ONE WHO SHOULD CONSUME YOUR HEART.
5. God Is The Ultimate Provider.
8:17,18 “You may say to yourself. “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” But remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you the ability to produce wealth.”
This is very important, especially in our “self-made” culture. The American Dream is something that so many Christians pursue. Pride is so sneaky that it’s easy to forget the Lord and the FACT that He is the reason you have the ability to produce any good thing!
The Lord gives and He takes away. Everything in this universe belongs to Him. Your talents, your wealth, your status, your reputation, your assets…ALL OF IT should be submitted under God’s complete authority to access and use as He pleases. This is pleasing to the Lord because it is submitting all of who you are and what you have to Jesus.
6. 40 Days of Fasting : Moses & Jesus.
Before Moses went and received the 10 commandments, the Bible says he fasted for 40 days. I think it’s really cool that Moses did this and later Jesus does too. 9:9-21
7. All The Commandments Can Be Wrapped Up In Ch.11:13.
“So if you faithfully obey the commands I am giving you today – to love the Lord your God and to serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul.”
Remember, Jesus says this later when asked what the greatest commandment is.
8. We Must Not Worship The Lord Like The World.
12:4 “You must NOT worship the Lord your God in THEIR way.”
The world waters down the gospel, Jesus’ teachings, hard truths because they want to fit in with the world while still claiming Christ. This is evil. God commands us to worship Him in HIS way, not the worlds. We should be very concerned about not offending God with our worship and our lifestyle. We show God we love Him by how we obey Him.
9. God Is Your Creator and You Are On Purpose.
ch. 32:6 “Is this the way you repay the Lord, you foolish and unwise people? Is He not your Father, your Creator, who made you and formed you?”
The Lord does not make mistakes. You were not just randomly and mistakenly formed. HE, the inventor of beauty and time and every intricate detail in the universe, CREATED YOU!!!! He knows you. He is calling you. He wants you to be with Him for eternity. He is your Father.
This verse is heartbreaking and comforting at the same time. When I sin against Him, I am repaying Him with rejection and evil for all the GOOD He has done for me. Just the fact that I am breathing is enough to be thankful for for a lifetime. God is so good. We need to remember our place in all this. He is the Creator and we are not. The creation does not tell the CREATOR how to live and what to do. This is evil.
10. The Law Is Your Life!
ch.32:46,47 “Take to heart all the words I have solemnly declared to you this day, so that you may command your children to obey carefully all the words of this law. THEY ARE NOT JUST IDLE WORDS FOR YOU – THEY ARE YOUR LIFE!”
We live under grace and not the law anymore since Jesus died and rose again but the MORAL law of the Old Testament is still in play. It is the ceremonial laws that we no longer follow because Jesus tore the temple curtain in two and now we have no separation with God. Jesus has become our High Priest. But God’s character, His moral standards, have not changed and they will not change. THESE COMMANDMENTS, that again can all be summed up by 11:13, ARE YOUR LIFE!!!
LOVE GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL.
If you do, obedience will not be hard to do. It will come naturally as a result of the great love you have for the Lord.