Deuteronomy 31:1-8,23 – Leaders Change, God Doesn’t

Israel as a nation has been around since the birth of Isaac over 500 years ago, but only one man has ever officially been its leader.  Moses has led the nation for the last 40 years and has been the channel through which the people have received their laws, their structure of governance, and their […]

Deuteronomy 30:11-14 – Moses Helps Paul Explain Jesus

Moses continues with the gospel according to Deuteronomy.  In verses 1-10 of this chapter he told the Israelites they will fall away in the future but God will bring them back to the land and restore their place as His chosen people.  He will do for them what they will not be able to do […]

Deuteronomy 28 – IF

In Chapter 28 Moses puts all the cards on the table in regard to the blessings and curses associated with the covenant.  He has talked many times about God’s blessing being contingent on the people’s obedience and that God will remove His protection and care if they disobey (it is really the basis of the […]

Deuteronomy 14-26 – Seeing God in Mosaic Statutes

In the remainder of Moses’ second sermon – which began at 5:1 – he continues to apply and clarify the Law.  In these chapters he adds flesh to the skeleton of the Law with statutes that apply to specific situations. This study will highlight certain statutes and seek to explain their historical-cultural context.  Some of […]

Deuteronomy 13 – God Abides no Rival

The foundation of the covenant is its prohibition against worshiping any god other than Yahweh.  Nothing is more fundamental to the people’s place as God’s chosen people than their exclusive worship of Him.  Thus violations of the first two commandments are to be dealt with in the harshest terms.  In Chapter 13 Moses lists specific […]

Deuteronomy 11 – It’s All About the Love

Moses reaches the end of his discussion of the importance of the Law that he began in 5:1.  In this chapter he repeats many of the themes and warnings he has discussed throughout this address.  It is critical that the people love God and obey Him as they enter and conquer the land.  They must […]

LoveYouBye

Time for a confession.  My wife knows this, my daughter knows this, pretty much everyone in my family knows this, so it’s probably appropriate to tell you – the tens of followers of this blog – so you can know it too (and perhaps decide if you want to continue following).  I’m not a loveyoubye […]

Deuteronomy 10:12-22 – How is the Follower of God to Live?

Moses begins to conclude this portion of his second sermon (which began in 5:1) by explaining how the incidents he has described affect the people going forward.  His concluding remarks will lead into the specific application of the Law which begins in 12:1.  Along with 30:15-19, this is one of the key passages in Deuteronomy.  […]

Deuteronomy 9:25-29 – How to Pray for Others

In these verses (along with verses 18-19) Moses records his response to the people’s sin with the golden calf.  After rebuking them and making them realize the seriousness of their actions he rushes back to God and appeals to Him to spare the people.  What drives him are God’s words in verse 14 – “Let […]

Deuteronomy 9:1-24 – No One Earns Paradise

No one earns Canaan.  No one deserves the Promised Land.  This is the message Moses wants to convey to the people with this part of his sermon in Chapter 9.  He goes to great lengths to make sure they know their upcoming conquest has nothing to do with them.  It is all about purging the […]

It’s Only Rock n Roll

I am wholly the product of Christian education.  I started in preschool at Heritage Christian School on the northeast side of Indianapolis in 1968 when I was four years old.  I graduated from the same school 14 years later in 1982.  I then attended Cedarville College (now ‘University’ since they put on airs), a Christian […]

Deuteronomy 7 – Cure for Anxiety = Obey and Trust

In the second half of Chapter 6 Moses preached to the people about their lives in the Promised Land after the conquest.  In Chapter 7 he discusses the conquest itself.  He instructs them as to their role in driving out the inhabitants of Canaan and reassures them that God’s presence and power will be with […]

Deuteronomy 6:10-25

Moses moves on from the Shema and gives the Israelites a series of imperatives for after they enter and conquer the land.  He does not address what they will do to settle the land but tells them what they must remember after the battles are done and they have taken possession.  Once they no longer […]

Deuteronomy 6:1-9

This text contains one of the most quoted portions of the Old Testament and some of the most important words in both Judaism and Christianity.  Moses continues the theme of the last few verses of Chapter 5 and instructs the people on the importance of keeping the Law and the benefits of the covenant.  But […]

Deuteronomy 5:22-33

Moses wraps up his re-telling of the events at Sinai.  He reminds his listeners of what happened immediately after God gave them the Ten Commandments.  In so doing he gives us insight into the nature and character of God.  We learn more about God by hearing how He was perceived by the people who were […]

Deuteronomy 5:21 (You Shall Not Covet)

Covetousness is a very grave sin; indeed, so heinous is it that the Scriptures class it among the very gravest and grossest crimes (Eph 5:3).  In Col 3:5 it is “idolatry”, while in I Cor 6:10 it is set forth as excluding a man from heaven.  Its heinousness, doubtless, is accounted for by its being […]

Deuteronomy 5:20 (You shall not lie)

Perhaps no sin is committed more frequently than lying.  Everyone lies at one time or another – even the best of saints.  It is one of the first sins we figure out at a very young age – “Did you take the cookie?”  “Uh…no!” – and it never stops being a temptation until the day […]

Deuteronomy 5:19 (You shall not steal)

The eighth commandment begins to get closer to us in its likelihood of temptation.  Many cannot envision committing murder or adultery (at least the physical acts) but can at some levels see themselves stealing.  The command seems to hit us more where we live even before we fully understand its application.  In its place as […]

Suffering

Refines our faith – I Pet 1:6-7 Produces endurance and perseverance – Jas 1:3-4; Rom 5:3-4 Broadens our understanding of God’s sovereignty – Job 42:2-6 Forces us to depend on God’s strength – II Cor 12:7-10 Drives us to God’s word – Ps 119:105-120 Incites us to pray – Jas 1:5; Matt 14:30 Enables us […]

Deuteronomy 5:17 (You shall not murder)

The Ten Commandments show us how far we fall short of the perfection needed to approach God.  They do this by causing us to understand sin.  Paul says in Romans 7 that without the Law we would not know what sin is – “I would not have come to know sin except through the Law; […]

Prayer Idea

I thought I’d pass along something I started doing last year that I’ve really liked.  It’s nothing all that new in that people have been praying through Paul’s prayers for generations, but I took it a step further for my own use and thought you might find it helpful. I took three prayers of Paul […]

Deuteronomy 4:1-40

Moses comes to the end of his first sermon.  After giving the Israelites a history lesson on all that has happened since they left Egypt, he now begins to transition to his second address where he will remind them of the commands of the Law.  In this chapter he extols the nature and achievements of […]

Thank Who

I received an email from the local library today with a subject line of “Tis the Season of Gratitude.”  The body of the email reads as follows: The spotlight is on gratitude this season. Gratitude is defined as a feeling of thankfulness and appreciation. Experts tell us that practicing gratitude can improve mental health, strengthen […]

Some Things to Think About in November 2020

When I was in college, I had a job one summer pouring basement walls for large houses.  I was one of only two ‘college boys’ working on the crew (while everyone else had been on the crew for about 300 years each) and the crew chief liked to poke at us a bit.  One of […]

Christians and Trump

Everything is political now, isn’t it?  Nothing is benign.  The choices we make every day aren’t just choices; they’re political statements.  Things that used to be matters of convenience or preference have political overtones.  Use a straw at Starbucks; drive a Prius; drive a pickup truck; eat at Chick-fil-A; watch the NBA; believe the virus […]

Deuteronomy 1

Moses begins his first sermon to the children of Israel.  They are camped on the east bank of the Jordan preparing to enter the Promised Land.  God tells Moses to speak to them to prepare them to enter and conquer the land.  The first sermon he preaches will remind them of the history of their […]

Introduction to Deuteronomy

Historical BackgroundWhen Moses led Israel out of Egypt after the Passover, the nation traveled for roughly three months before coming to Sinai.  There God gave Moses the Law, the tabernacle was built, and many events transpired (golden calf, miracles of water provision, etc.) over approximately a year’s time.  From Sinai they traveled to Kadesh-barnea on […]

Galatians 6:11-18

Paul reaches the end of the letter.  He has argued against the false gospel of the legalists and their insistence on following the Law for salvation.  He has warned believers not to overreact to the false gospel by pursuing the deeds of the flesh.  He has advocated for righteous living through walking by the Spirit.  […]

Galatians 6:6-10

One of the ways believers can bear one another’s burdens – as Paul commanded in verse 2 – is to financially support those who teach the word.  Paul uses this command in verse 6 as a starting point to further apply his teaching on the importance of living by the Spirit.  How a believer walks […]

Galatians 5:26-6:5

Paul launches into the first practical implications of walking by the Spirit.  The Spirit-led man will interact with others differently than the man who walks on his own.  The one who walks by the Spirit will not think much of himself – he will not be boastful or challenging or envious.  Even more, he will […]

Conversation with the Holy Spirit

Me:   I know I’m not supposed to worry, but it’s really hard not to right now.  The whole world seems to be losing its collective mind.  Everything is changing; everything seems to be getting worse.  And the coming months could turn my whole life upside down. HS:    Yes they could. Me:   I’m not normally a […]

Fruit of the Spirit – Gentleness, Self-Control

See the study on Love and Joy for a full introduction to our continuing study of the Fruit of the Spirit.  One paragraph from that introduction bears repeating here: The intent of this study is not to send us out to work hard at bearing fruit.  It is impossible to simply decide to be gentle […]

Fruit of the Spirit – Peace & Patience

See the study on Love and Joy for a full introduction to our continuing study of the Fruit of the Spirit.  One paragraph from that introduction bears repeating here: The intent of this study is not to send us out to work hard at bearing fruit.  It is impossible to simply decide to be peaceful […]

Fruit of the Spirit – Love & Joy

Paul said in 5:16 that if we walk by the Spirit we will not carry out the desire of the flesh.  It follows then that if we walk by the Spirit we WILL bear its fruit.  The Christian life is not just a matter of what we avoid or what we are not.  It is […]

Galatians 5:16-25 Part 2

In Part 1 of our study of this text we discussed that verse 16 is the key to life.  Getting to a place where we WILL NOT carry out the desire of the flesh solves most problems in life.  We went through the rest of the text to find out how to walk by the […]

Galatians 5:16-25 (Part 1)

This text holds the key to all of life.  Walk by the Spirit and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.  In one short statement Paul solves all our problems.  If we do not carry out the desire of the flesh – if we do not sin – all life’s issues that […]

Gentle and Lowly – Dane Ortlund

This is a great book that I highly recommend. Below are some excerpts to give you a taste of the book and whet your appetite, or – if you’re a little more of a SparkNotes type – allow you to say you’ve read it without actually having to take the time. Come to me, all […]

Thought for Today 8/5/20

In that resurrection morning, when the Sun of Righteousness shall appear in the heavens, shining in all his brightness and glory, he will come forth as a bridegroom; he shall come in the glory of his Father, with all his holy angels. That will be a joyful meeting of this glorious bridegroom and bride indeed. […]

Galatians 5:1-12

Paul takes his argument up a notch.  He desperately wants the Galatians to understand the seriousness of what they consider.  He says if they continue in their wrong theology they will be severed from Christ and fallen from grace.  Christ died for the very reason that mankind would no longer be required to be in […]

Galatians 4:1-11

In this text Paul expands on his point from verses 24-26 in Chapter 3.  The Law was a guardian that led us to Christ, but now that Christ has come we are no longer under the authority of the guardian.  We are free.  We are sons of God through faith in Jesus Christ.  And as […]