Monday, March 31, 2014

Deuteronomy 30

The law of God is not too high, not far, nor confined to men of learning, but written in the books, in plain language, in the tongue commonly use by men. When Jesus stepped down, He became the Word. When we receive Him as Lord, He enters into our lives, so that the Word resides in us. He came not to condemn but to save us, but those who reject Him will face the consequence of God's wrath, as Moses simply said in this chapter… Reading: Deut. 30, God bless. 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Deuteronomy 27

God requires His people to obey all the commandments mentioned in the law, so that, not even one jot of which should fall to the ground. To each of the curses the people say, Amen. It professed their faith, that they are willing to obey, acknowledging the equity of these curses. Those who disobey deserve the full wrath of God. But who can obey these commands fully, "neither our father nor we were able to bear," said Peter in Acts 15:10. Praise God for the cross… Reading: Deut. 27, God bless.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Deuteronomy 26

Jacob is called here a Syrian, for his family started in Haran. Then the whole family moved to Canaan and later sojourned in Egypt as strangers, serving there as slaves. They had been despised and oppressed, but became rich and great. The Lord told them not to be proud or forgetful of Him, but must thankfully acknowledge God's goodness. The blessings we enjoy should lead us to give back what is due to God, the good fruits of His labor in us… Reading: Deut. 26, God bless. 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Deuteronomy 25

Stoning was the punishment for the criminals and offenders, and should be executed with solemnity, that those who see it may be filled with dread and be warned not to offend like manner. When Jesus said, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first,” should be understood in the context that God required total obedience of His words. No man can judge others but God, because no one is able to obey Him perfectly… Reading: Deut. 25, God bless. 

Monday, March 24, 2014

Deuteronomy 24

It is very important that love be kept up between husband and wife, that they carefully avoid every thing which might make them strange one to another. When Jesus is the center, divine grace will sanctify the home, even in time of trials and difficulties. So, it is noteworthy to consider various laws like lending, oppressing people, treatment of strangers, etc. Thus all who feel the consciences under guilt must not cover it, but by repentance and prayer, take the way to peace and pardon… Reading: Deut. 24, God bless. 

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Deuteronomy 23

God despises people who do not obey His will and reject His plan. As God's people, we ought to value the privileges as part of His eternal plan, both for ourselves and for our children, above all other advantages. No personal blemishes, no crimes of our forefathers, no difference of nation that could eliminate us when we choose Jesus as our Lord and Savior. That's why God requires our surrounding to be kept clean and pure… Reading: Deut. 23, God bless. 

Friday, March 21, 2014

Deuteronomy 22

God's providence extends itself to the smallest affairs, that even in them we may be in the fear of the Lord, as we are under His eyes and care. These precepts regard the golden rule of "doing to others as we would they should do unto us." True relationship with God teaches us to be neighborly, and to be ready to do all good works to all men. We don't know how soon we may have occasion for help... Reading: Deut. 22, God bless

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Deuteronomy 21

In this chapter the last verse is directly reference to Christ, "He that is hanged is accursed of God" (v23). This punishment is  the highest degree of disgrace and reproach. A person on that situation is hanging between heaven and earth, as if abandoned of both, and unworthy of either. Moses used this illustration to show the most disgraceful judgment that will be applied to the death of Messiah. Jesus underwent the curse of the law which proves is sacrificial love to humanity… Deut. 21, God bless.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Deuteronomy 20

War in the land of Canaan was inevitable, so Moses encouraged them to be strong and courageous for God will go with them. The Lord was to be their only confidence. But those unwilling and unable to fight must be sent away in order to avoid discouragement to other soldiers. It tells that God should not be served by men forced against their will. In running the Christian race, and fight the good fight of faith, we must lay aside all that would make us unwilling… Reading: Deut. 20, God bless. 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Deuteronomy 19

The city of refuge is a symbol of Christ's protection. Those who come unto Him by faith, admit that he or she has done against God and men will be forgiven. However, there is no protection in Christ for presumptuous people who go on still in their sinfulness. If we are in Christ, we are safe and nothing shall separate us from Him. Therefore, follow the footsteps of others who are witnessing for  the perfect example of Christ in this evil world… Reading: Deut. 19, God bless.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Deuteronomy 18

Three things that Moses highlighted in this chapter: 1st, Levites has no inheritance because God is their inheritance, a similar situation to the Christians. 2nd, the religion of the Canaanites should be abhorred (vv9-14). They offered their children to their gods in fire and talked to the spirits. 3rd, God will raise up a Prophet like Moses from among them. This Prophet is also the Messiah who will deliver mankind from their sins… Reading: Deut. 18, God bless. 

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Deuteronomy 17

No animal which has any blemish or defect is to be offered in sacrifice to God. As God's people, we must always remember the perfect and spotless sacrifice of Christ. Let us serve God with the best of our abilities, time, possession, including tithes and offering, otherwise our pretended and outward display of obedience will be hateful to God. Even in our judgment, there should be no partiality, for all must be treated equal… Reading: Deut. 17, God bless. 

Friday, March 14, 2014

Deuteronomy 16

Moses reminded the Israelites not to forsake the 3 yearly feasts; Passover, Pentecost, and Tabernacles. They are called the feasts of the Lord, and required to bring offerings before the Lord. During the time of Jesus, they were celebrating these feasts at the temple in Jerusalem. As they celebrate, they should never forget their low estate of guilt and slavery, their deliverance and forgiveness, and the price it cost for the Redeemer… Reading: Deut. 16, God bless. 

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Deuteronomy 15

This year of Lord's release is a type of God's grace to all sinners which was accomplished at the cross. As the Lord's prayer says, "Forgive our debts as we forgive others…" We obtain the release of our debts, the pardon of our sins against God when we believe in Christ. For this reason, God's people were told not to offer second class offerings unto God but the best; our tithes, time, service, commitment, otherwise we are to pay our debts to God… Deut. 15, God bless. 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Deuteronomy 14

Moses tells God's people how the Lord had given them distinguishing privileges, which were their honor and advantage. The Lord has chosen them above all the people who are on the face of the earth, not because God needed them but because of His plan to save the whole world. To be God's people is to be holy, zealous of good works, and careful to avoid anything which might disgrace their stature as children of the Most High… Reading: Deut. 14, God bless. 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Deuteronomy 13

Moses had cautioned against the rise of idolatry among God's people. It is necessary for us to be acquainted with the truths and precepts of the Bible, for we may expect to be tempted by the evil under the appearance of good. Satan's policy is to lead God's people away from the truth. And it would be a proof of sincere affection for God, that we should not be wrought upon the forsake of God, and follow other gods or evil men to serve them… Reading: Deut. 13, God bless.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Deuteronomy 12

The Israelites are charged to seek the place where God chooses, and bring all their tithes and offerings which they promised unto the Lord. It also tells that they should not offer their burnt offering in any place that they see, but only in the place which the Lord chooses. It means to us today that we cannot worship Jesus in any church that we want, or move from one church to another, but in a church where God chooses for us, where we can grow in our relationship with Him… Reading: Deut. 12, God bless.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Deuteronomy 10

Moses taught God's people their duties to God in principles and practices. It is expected that we shall fear the Lord our God, love Him, delight in communion with Him, walk in the ways in which He has appointed us to walk, serve Him with all hearts and soul. Indeed there is true honor and pleasure in obedience to God, and respect to our neighbor. By nature we don't love God, but He had taught us to love Him the way He has love us… Deut. 10, God bless. 

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Deuteronomy 9

The inhabitants of Canaan were strong and more powerful than the Israelites; many giants of 10-13 ft. high, sons of the Anakim. They were wicked and idolaters, so God rejected them. Their cities were fortified with a very high walls made of bricks and stones. Moses assured his people of victory, that by the presence of  God in their midst, nothing is impossible. As the Israelites should look back to God's covenant with Abraham, so as the Christian to Jesus at the cross… Reading: Deut. 9, God bless. 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Deuteronomy 8

When a person possesses large properties and became rich, he/she finds the temptation to pride, forgetfulness of God, and carnal-mindedness, very strong; and he/she is concerned and troubled about many things. In this situation, the poor believer has the advantage to be more attentive that their supplies are coming from the Lord. Pride is natural to human heart, and God wants them to be humbled. So, don't forget that it is God who gives us the ability to get wealth… Deut. 8, God bless.  

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Deuteronomy 7

We have seen the faithfulness of God to His covenant with the people of Abraham for thousand years. He shows mercy to those who love Him, but repays those who hate Him. God expects that His people would demonstrate solid commitment to Him, and be cautious against all friendship and fellowship with idols and idolaters. If we are in communion with God, we must have no connection with the unfruitful works of darkness… Reading: Deut. 7, God bless. 

Monday, March 3, 2014

Deuteronomy 6

"Hear , O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one," is the creed of the religion of Israelites, from ancient time to present. It is called "Shema" means hear, containing the first principle of faith and obedience. YHWH only is God, and He is but One. Therefore let us not desire to have any other, but love the Lord with all our hearts above all other things whatsoever. Negligence will ruin us, and it is our duty to maintain relationship with Him… Reading: Deut. 6, God bless.