Apr. 29 – (Deut. 22-24) Why do you think this was an abomination to the Lord?  What was men’s clothing? (I don’t see pants in any of the movies!) What was women’s clothing? There are so many laws in here to try to relate with.  Some of these laws are part of our Christian way of living but some are not. Let’s pick two or three that we observe today and thank the Lord that we are living in His blessing when we obey.  Then pick two or three that we don’t observe or only partially observe and ask the Lord for further understanding.

                                *(23:17) Hebrew feminine word for harlot is qadesh; Hebrew masculine word for perverted son is also qadesh but it means one practicing sodomy and prostitution in religious rituals.

 


Apr. 30 – (Deut. 25-27) Chapter 25:4 is one of my favorite verses to verify its ok to “sample” food when you are preparing it!  Keep it sanitary and no double dipping though! J

In chapter 26, it talks about giving a tithe of your increase to the priest.  In doing that it says you have not given food to the dead (v.14).  It reminds me when I had my nails done for our kids’ weddings that there was a little Buddha statue there and they had put some food in front of it.  Do you think that is talking about the same thing?   Research someone?

Chapter 27 is so very interesting.  First of all, it is always good to remember what God has done in your life!  How did God have the Israelites remember?  I find it significant how God placed the tribes on two different mounts; one for blessing and one for a curse.  The people had to agree verbally to each curse on them if they did any of these acts.  Whoa!!! 


May 1 – (Deut. 28) What a chapter of contrasts between blessing and cursing!  I love the “blessing” part.  I feel encouraged and ready to try it again.  But then we get to the cursing part, I get discouraged because who can live up to everything we have to do, not to be cursed.  Then I remember the cross and the blood of Jesus poured over me.  I am redeemed because of His blood!  I am already released from the curse of death…. Forever!  Now all I have to work on, is getting my thinking and then ultimately my actions and reactions to come in line with that Eternal reality!  Thank God He will always lead us in triumph!!!! 


May 2 – (Deut. 29-31) We all have a “Canaan” within ourselves to conquer (by the Lord’s strength) and live in (chapter 30).  This is the process of being sanctified or changed into the image of Christ.  We do choose life or death many times each day by what we dwell on in our thinking and then the actions that come from that “thinking”.  As we read through the “inhabiting the land of Canaan” ask the Holy Spirit to show you how your life may be similar to what they are going through.  Also ask Him to show you those teachable moments that choose LIFE!

                Joshua was appointed by God to lead them into Canaan to dispossess them (31:3-8).  Let’s look at the statement before that: The Lord your God Himself crosses over before you; He will destroy these nations from before you, and you shall dispossess them (31:3).   Do you see what happened first?  God destroyed those nations Himself!  It makes me so keenly aware that because of Jesus’ blood shed for me, that my enemies have already been destroyed!  It’s now my job to think and act out of that Truth and (TO DISPOSSESS!!!)  What “land” has God appointed you to be “Joshua” to lead in taking back the land already given to you in the first place (your family, your habits, your thoughts, your actions, your inaction). Be encouraged by 31:8; “And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you.  He will be with you; He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed!” 


May 3 – (Deut. 32) Did you ever think that Moses and Miriam were songwriters?  Miriam had one song and Moses had two songs published (in the Bible of course!).  What was the major events that caused the writing of the songs?  Where were they sung (geographically)?   Who was the long-winded one?  Maybe Miriam was out-of-breath from dancing in celebration!  


May 4 – (Deut. 33-34) Compare what Jacob said about each of his 12 sons (Nu. 1, 26) with what Moses said about the tribes (Deut. 33).  You can see how the wilderness journey has changed them.   In many tribes you can see their character has done a complete turnaround.  I wonder if we could map our ancestors, would we see a change as well? Could it be perhaps that our personal “wilderness experience” will change the generations to come? Selah 


May 5 – (The Book of Joshua) Since we spent quite a lot of time studying the book of Joshua last year, let’s quickly skim the chapters for continuity in reading through the Old Testament. The book of Joshua seeks to explain God’s purpose in the events surrounding Israel’s capture of and settlement in Canaan.  Those events are seen as the fulfillment of God’s promises to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Joshua comes immediately after the Pentateuch and in many ways completes its story.  The theme of the first five books of the Bible is the progressive fulfillment of the “Patriarchal promise,” made first to Abraham, repeated to his son Isaac, then his grandson Jacob. The Lord promised Abraham and his descendants that they would be blessed and would become a blessing to others, that they would grow to become a great nation, and that they would be given a land of their own-and that these blessings would be enjoyed within a close covenant relationship with God. Joshua marks the end of that journey to the Promised Land and the beginning of entering Canaan. Joshua, “the new Moses” (Josh. 1:1-9), is to lead God’s people into the land, take it, and divide it among them as their inheritance from the Lord.