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08
Mar

Deuteronomy 30-31

Daily Reading Deuteronomy 30-31 Daily Thought When words are repeated, they are often significant. In Deuteronomy 30, “heart” (vv 2, 6, 10, 14, 17), “soul” (vv 2, 6, 10), “command” or “commandment” (vv 2, 8, 10, 11, 16), “turn” or “return” (vv 2, 10, 17), and “life” (vv 15, 19, 20). The message is clear: […]

07
Mar

Deuteronomy 28-29

Daily Reading Deuteronomy 28-29 Daily Thought Davy Jones died leap year day, February 29, 2012. When I heard the news, I did what many my age did–listened again to my favorite songs from The Monkees. One of them, Shades of Gray: “When the world and I were young, just yesterday, Life was such a simple game […]

06
Mar

Deuteronomy 24-27

Daily Reading Deuteronomy 24-27 Daily Thought The Israelites presented their first fruit offerings with these words, “A wandering Aramean was my father. And he went down into Egypt and sojourned there, few in number, and there he became a nation, great, mighty, and populous. And the Egyptians treated us harshly and humiliated us and laid […]

05
Mar

Deuteronomy 21-23

Daily Reading Deuteronomy 21-23 Daily Thought God demands repeatedly of Israel, “So you shall purge the evil from your midst” (Deuteronomy 13:5; 17:7, 12; 19:19, 21; 22:21, 22, 24; 24:7). Israel was the one nation in history where God joined together Church and State, “I will be your God and you will be my people.” In […]

04
Mar

Deuteronomy 17-20

Daily Reading Deuteronomy 17-20 Daily Thought This is how you know whether a prophet is true or false: “When a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the word does not come to pass or come true, that is a word that the Lord has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously. You need not […]

03
Mar

Deuteronomy 14-16

Daily Reading Deuteronomy 14-16 Daily Thought Deuteronomy 15:4 says, “But there will be no poor among you.” Seven verses later, “For there will never cease to be poor in the land” (verse 11). Which is it? It’s the latter. Verse 11 is an admission of reality. Jesus repeats it years later, “For the poor you always have with you” […]

02
Mar

Deuteronomy 11-13

Daily Reading Deuteronomy 11-13 Daily Thought “Consider today (since I am not speaking to your children who have not known or seen it), consider the discipline of the Lord your God, his greatness, his mighty hand and his outstretched arm, his signs and his deeds that he did in Egypt to Pharaoh the king of […]

01
Mar

Deuteronomy 8-10

Daily Reading Deuteronomy 8-10 Daily Thought “And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the commandments and […]

29
Feb

Deuteronomy 5-7

Daily Reading Deuteronomy 5-7 Daily Thought “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might” (Deuteronomy 6:5). If we love because we are commanded to love, is it truly love? Isn’t love “a many-splendored thing,” a rapturous mystery that springs from my heart, […]

28
Feb

Deuteronomy 3-4

Daily Reading Deuteronomy 3-4 Daily Thought The verb shema: “to hear,” “to listen,” is used almost 100 times in the book we are reading right now, Deuteronomy. It shows up in our passage today, Deuteronomy 4:1, “And now, O Israel, listen to the statutes and the rules that I am teaching you, and do them, that […]

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