Today you should read: Deuteronomy 1:1-8
In honor of the new Jumpstart book we will be starting today, we will now be taking a 5 minute break to listen to this ultra cheesy 90’s Christian parody band that Todd Thomas and I had the privilege to see live at a youth group church camp as they take the Def Leopard classic “Pour Some Sugar On Me” and COMPLETELY REDEEM THEMSELVES (dumb & dumber reference anyone?) by changing the lyrics into “Learn Some Deuteronomy”
Background and Purpose of Deuteronomy
Now that we got that out of our system, here’s a little background on Deuteronomy, the book we’ll be covering for the next two months. The book of Deuteronomy was written by Moses and derives from the greek for “second law” which is not an accurate title for the book since there is not a second law written by Moses in the book but instead the preaching of the original law given to Moses for Israel at Mount Sinai. This is the last book written by Moses and it makes up Moses’ last sermons before Israel is to enter the Promised Land with a strong emphasis on obeying the law, the faithfulness of God despite Israel’s sins and the fulfillment of God’s promise to Abraham.
Taking Action in God’s Promises in Deuteronomy 1:1-8
God begins the book off showing the journey that Moses and Israel was on to get to the Promised Land through the armies they defeated and the time it took to defeat those kings. After much travel and conquests, God placed them in the land of Moab and Moses told the people in vs. 8 “See, I have set the land before you. Go in and take possession of the land that the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give to them and to their offspring after them.’
This land was what God promised to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and their children and as we all know God will always fulfill His promises but they need to be reminded to (1. See the promise. (2. Go and take possession of it. Sometimes we view God’s promises as something we don’t exactly have to work for because we know that our God is a God who doesn’t lie and will make good on His word. The trouble is that many times it requires action from us as well. For example, God in all of His sovereignty will conform every Christian to become more like Him because He promised it but it also requires action steps from us in spending time with Him in word, prayer, church community and discipleships. He has promised to spread the Gospel to all nations in the great commission but He tells us to take action and “GO” to advance that message. As the Israelites were reminded to take possession of God’s promise, may you be reminded to take possession of the promises God has made to you by taking action in your life with those promises.
Posted by:Erik Koliser