Scripture: Deuteronomy 30-31. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
Moses told the Israelites that when they were ready to return to God and His ways for them, then God would restore their fortunes and gather them again from all the nations, having compassion on them. Moses encouraged the people to obey God and to walk in His ways so that they could continue to experience His blessings. Moses was 120 years old, and Joshua was to continue in Moses’ place as leader over the Israelites. Moses wrote down the laws of God and gave it to the priests. At the end of every seven years, during the Feast of Tabernacles, the priests were to gather the Israelites and read the laws to the whole assembly, including the children. Moses knew that the Israelites were rebellious people at heart. They often received God’s mercy, but God’s punishment was about to fall on them…
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
Moses told the people that when they were ready to return to God that He would receive them. Our God is such a merciful God. We are all sinners, and God wants to forgive all of us for our sins, as well. Some people do not understand or learn this concept until after their world is caving in around them. The pain and suffering then opens their eyes to what God has been saying to them the whole time. No matter how far we have wandered, God has promised us a new start if we want to return to Him. God’s laws are written in His Word for us and are not hidden from us or beyond our reach. God lets us choose whether we want to follow Him or reject Him, life or death. Joshua was appointed to take Moses’ place and lead the Israelites into the promised land. He had a very strong faith and trusted God. The Israelites were very rebellious at heart. We, too, just like the Israelites, can grow stubborn and rebellious by nature. We all struggle with sin. We must constantly turn from the sins in our lives and let God save us from them, for He is merciful.
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, We thank You for being such a forgiving and merciful God who loves us in all circumstances. We are all sinners, and we beg for Your forgiveness. Help us to forgive others in our lives, as well. Please help us to draw near to You and to always obey Your ways for us. Please help us to flee from being stubborn or rebellious. Thank You for sending Your son Jesus to die for us so that we may all be freed from the slavery of our sins. Thank You for the many examples that You place in the Bible for us to learn from. Please protect us, our friends, families, and pets today, and always. We love You and thank You. – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.