August 20, 2019

Today you should read: Deuteronomy 33:1-29

There are several websites out there that will predict the day that one will die in exchange for information about yourself (and for at least one website, a small fee as well). I remember reading about them several years ago and thinking: 1. I would hate to know exactly when I would die. 2. What would I do and say right before my death?

Well, Moses didn’t have to think about this but instead experienced it himself. He was just foretold by God his death in the last chapter and we get to read his final words to his people before that death. What type of legacy speech does Moses share?

  • He shared of God’s great power & love (v. 2-3a)
  • He showed how God was sovereign & guiding them as a nation & His people (v. 3b-5)
  • He gave each tribe specific commands & reminders from the Lord (v. 6-28)
  • He ends with a prelude to the Gospel, reminding them of the joy we receive in our salvation & God’s victory over Satan & evil (v. 29)

What would your legacy speech be to your friends, family, and church?

By: Erik Koliser — West Campus Pastor

August 19, 2019

Today you should read: Deuteronomy 32:1-52

Today we are looking at the Song of Moses. The ESV Study Bible says this song, “acts as a witness against Israel.” All throughout it we see how Israel disobeyed God, while God showcased his faithfulness over and over again. Throughout we also see the importance of “remembering” God. It’s as if Moses is trying to show us that the disobedience of Israel had to do with them not remembering the Lord as they should’ve.

Verses 23-27 show that there are consequences to the sin of the people. God hates sin, and therefore his wrath must be dealt with. We know that this wrath of God towards sin is ultimately poured on Jesus, because Jesus is the only one who could ever take it.

Our response should be to intentionally create opportunities to remember all that God has done in your life. This might simply be through reading your Bible and praying, or maybe you can try journaling, or catching up with an old mentor or friend that was impactful in your Christian life. Just find different ways to remember God in such a way that it leads you to greater love and worship of him.

By: Graham Withers — Pastoral Ministry Associate

August 17, 2019

Today you should read: Deuteronomy 31:23-30

Have you ever gotten a speeding ticket? You’re cruising down the road without a care in the world, and suddenly… the infamous red and blue lights flash behind you. How were you supposed to know that you were driving 55 mph in a 35 mph zone? Despite your pleas of ignorance, you receive a ticket. So, is it possible that we still commit sin when we are unaware of the sin?
Today we read about the day when Moses had finished recording the Book of the Law, a monumental day indeed! Moses knew how important this book was going to be, especially in the midst of a people who continually rebelled. Although the Israelites may have been one of the most miracle-exposed people groups in all of history, in their hearts they still felt that it was often better to rebel than to obey.
What does Moses have to say about this matter? Take a look at verse 26, “Take this Book of the Law and put it by the side of the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, that it may be there for a witness against you” (emphasis mine).
This is one of the many reasons why it so important to read the Word of God… daily! Moses said that the law would be “a witness against [us]”. He made sure to place the Book of Law with the ark of the covenant so that Israel would have the opportunity to know what it says! So this begs the question: How can we follow the Word of God if we don’t know what it says? Whether we know what’s in it or not, it is still a witness against us.
What steps are you going to take today to make Bible reading more of a priority in your life?

By: Tyler Monroe — Worship Ministries Intern

August 16, 2019

Today you should read: Deuteronomy 31:14-22

“Let’s go down to the river, to see what’s going on. Let’s go down to the river, to remember what God has done.” 

There are two types of people who will read the lines above. One group will just read it—they didn’t help with VBS. The second group can’t help but hum or sing it—because of VBS! It’s a catchy song that worms its way into your brain. It is unforgettable. Sure, you may forget it for a season, but whenever you hear that synth intro, or even the word “river,” you start humming all over again. 

In today’s passage, Moses is composing a song at the Lord’s instruction. It will be unforgettable, and as such, it will bring judgment when Israel forgets its Composer. God says, “Teach it to the sons of Israel; put it on their lips, so that this song may be a witness for Me against the sons of Israel” (19). The song may be forgotten for a season, but the people will be reminded. As Israel turns their faces away from the Lord in the Promised Land, they will remember that they have forgotten the Lord—at that point they can repent or continue going astray. 

God tells Moses his time is running out. Joshua will follow Moses in leadership. This song will be a legacy of sorts. When they forget everything else, they will not forget the song. There are three things worth mentioning about this event. First, for Moses to leave behind a song about a relationship with the Lord (which is what we presume it’s about), he must be an example in his faith. Only a person of integrity could compose such a song. 

If you left behind a song, what would it say? If it had nice things, biblical things, would they be true of your life right now? If you said that a relationship with the Lord is the most important thing in life, does your life evidence that?

Secondly, notice that Moses had Joshua. Many leaders never consider a transition of leadership. Moses had clearly invested in Joshua. Who are you investing in?

Lastly, this passage illustrates the need for reminders in our lives. I once heard of a study done on spiritually mature teenagers. They had several things in common including several deep adult relationships. One surprising thing was that they listen to Christian radio or Christian music. Now, don’t get me wrong, not all Christian music is created equal. In fact, I don’t really love Christian radio—it’s incredibly cheesy. There are moments though, driving along, when I hear a lyric that makes me think. It calls to mind some scripture or biblical truth. The radio can serve as a reminder. It shouldn’t be the only reminder in your life, but it’s a good one. 

So, what reminders have you established in your life so that you don’t forget to prioritize your relationship with the Lord? What patterns have you set so that you can faithfully gather with other believers? 

By: Tyler Short — Connections Ministry Associate