Today’s Reading: Deuteronomy 1:1-18 & Mark 12:35-40
I love reading, and certainly admit to being guilty of getting lost in time with a good book. I often wonder how much effort in writing goes into the first page; the first couple of paragraphs, because I suspect for most, unless interest is harnessed early, the book probably ends up gathering dust … always looking new … sitting on a shelf!
And so as we open the first chapter on the 5th book known by the Israelite’s as the Pentateuch – the books ascribed to Moses – in this book of Deuteronomy, if you’ve followed the story that has led to God’s people to this point in time, one can’t help but feel a great sense of anticipation and significance in the opening sentences.
After such a long journey, and after 40 years wandering around the dessert, will God’s people FINALLY trust God ??? And so the book commences with …
‘These are the words Moses spoken to all Israel in the desert east of the Jordan …’ Deut. 1:1
Moses stands as an old man, obviously very, very tired … knowing he will never see the fulfillment of God’s people actually going in and taking procession of the promised land. But he still stands with authority to remind them – the NEXT generation of those rescued out of slavery – of the promise to their fathers and of the events that brought them to this point.
Deuteronomy is a book that speaks words that not just command, but encourage the people of God to be confident when they cross over the River Jordan because they know who has given them this inheritance.
‘See I have given you this land. Go in and take possession of the land that the Lord swore he would give to your fathers – to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob – and to their descendants after them.’ Deut 1:8
I can imagine Moses drawing breath and pulling on every physical strength to stand as tall as possible in his old age … pulling himself up supported by those around him and his walking stick … as he encouraged the thousands who gathered to listen as he shared his life experience of his faithful God.
‘Do not be afraid of any man, for judgement belongs to God.’ Deut. 1:17
God had not just given them laws to live by, but a framework for leadership … and so Moses was reminding them once again of how they were a people set apart; a people who by FAITH in a faithful God were to live a life that trusted God.
Had he not already shown his faithfulness in so many ways??? but, I’m starting to get ahead of myself. I encourage you to find a quiet place to sit, turn off your technology and join me in turning the pages now as we read and listen to God’s voice spoke through the wisdom Moses …
Pray with me for ears to hear ….