“As a Result”
Torah: Deuteronomy 7:12–11:25
PROPHETS: Isaiah 49:14–51:3
APOSTOLIC WRITINGS: Hebrews 11:8–13
These devotionals are designed to supplement, not replace, your Bible reading.
Torah 1 & 2
The Path of Blessing
Through Moses, God is calling His people to covenant faithfulness. He put His Name on Israel at Mt. Sinai as an outworking of His promise to the patriarchs in order to reach all nations (cf. Genesis 22:18; 26:4; 28:14 and Zechariah 14:9). He reminds them of God’s promises for blessing (7:12–26) and teaches them how remembering can lead down the path of blessing (8:1–10).
God Is The Source of All Blessing
Forgetting, on the other hand, can lead down the path of cursing (8:11–20). God’s immediate call is to exercise faith-based obedience by trusting God enough to go up and take the Land (9:1–3).
7:21 reveals the source of Israel’s identity: God among them. To what degree is your identity bound up in earthly relationships and circumstances (cf. 2 Corinthians 1:22 and Galatians 4:6)?
8:3 reveals the source of Israel’s sustenance: the Word of God. To what degree do you feed on things like TV, gossip, sweets or unforgiveness (cf. Matthew 4:4 and Luke 11:28)?
8:14 reveals the source of Israel’s stumbling: forgetting the LORD (not remembering), often due to pride. In what areas is God not at the center of your life and the center of your thinking (cf. Revelation 3:3)?
Torah 3 & 4
God Is Faithful Even When His People Are Not
God’s goodness in giving Israel the Land is certainly not due to Israel’s worthiness. God’s reasons for giving Israel the Land are twofold (v. 5): 1) judging sin (of the previous inhabitants); and, 2) keeping His promises (to the patriarchs).
Prone to prideful forgetfulness, Israel needs reminding about their track record of faithlessness. The same is true for us: God’s goodness to us is not due to our worthiness (cf. 2 Timothy 1:9), but in order to fulfill His promises (2 Corinthians 1:20).
Moses also reminds Israel of his intercession on their behalf.
God Judges Sin But Saves Sinners
Though the older generation died in the wilderness, God was faithful in giving another set of tablets with His Word on them (vv. 1–5) and also in fulfilling promises to their children (vv. 10–12). We are parenthetically told of Aaron’s death during later wilderness wanderings (cf. Numbers 33:37–39) as a way to highlight the consequences of his participation in the sin of the golden calf (vv. 6–7). “At that time” (v. 8) refers back to the golden calf incident (cf. Exodus 32:26–29). Though Aaron died in the wilderness, God was faithful in giving him almost 40 more years to serve as High Priest and rewarding the tribe of Levi with priestly privileges (vv. 8–9).
In what ways has God been faithful to you? Come up with as many specifics as you can and thank Him for each one.
torah 5 & 6
Believing God and Obeying
The theme remains the same: God is faithful. He has covenanted with you and this changes everything. Live in covenant faithfulness with God, for His glory and your good!
Meditate on the five verbs in 10:12–13 that specifically instruct God’s people how to live (cf. Deuteronomy 6:4–9) and take an inventory of how you are specifically following or neglecting each one. Compare the obligation in 10:16 (cf. Jeremiah 4:4) with God’s promise in Deuteronomy 30:6 (cf. Colossians 2:11).
Remembering God and Obeying
God chose the Land of Israel to be the inheritance of the people of Israel. The land comes as a benefit of the covenant relationship with Him. The people of Israel do not deserve, nor could ever earn, this free gift. They can, however, temporarily lose it in any given generation due to faithlessness. Your free gift of salvation can never be lost either, but you can temporarily lose the benefits of your covenant relationship with the God of the universe due to faithlessness.
To what degree are you enjoying those benefits these days? How can you make the Word of God more central in your life (11:18–20; cf. Colossians 3:16)?
torah 7 &
You Belong To The LORD
The Land Is Yours
Being in covenant relationship with God brings with it the benefits of His promises as well as the requirements of His obligations (Covenant = Promise + Obligation). Moses is preaching to Israel so that the people will trust God’s promises and thus be motivated to fulfill His obligations through trusting obedience. The ironic thing is that fulfilling God’s obligations IS the absolute best thing for them (cf. Deuteronomy 10:13 and Jeremiah 7:23). So too with us. Being in covenant relationship with God brings with it the benefits of His promises (cf. “rest” in Matthew 11:28–30) as well as the requirements of His obligations (cf. “yoke” in Matthew 11:28–30).
In Ephesians 2, what are the promises in vv. 8–9? What are the obligations in v. 10? How can you more fully enjoy the benefits of these promises? How can you more fully fulfill the requirements of these obligations?
Disbelieve God’s Promises And God Will Remain Faithful
Isaiah is speaking to a people dealing with the negative consequences of their covenant faithlessness (49:14). God, however, remains faithful to His promises (vv. 15–26). The second half of v. 26 reveals God’s agenda in choosing Israel: revealing Himself to and through a nation to reach all nations. 50:10 sums up the message of Moses in Ekev, the message of the prophets, and the message of Messiah.
What is God calling you to trust Him for? What acts of obedience is He calling you to do as a “stepping out in faith?” In what way does the promise of 51:1–3 apply to you?
Believe God’s Promises For His Glory and Your Good
Abraham is the model of a man to whom God made promises (cf. Genesis 12:2–3 and 15:4–7). He was also given obligations (cf. Genesis 12:1 and 17:1, 9–14) that Abraham fulfilled because he trusted God. Walking by faith (Hebrews 11:1) means not always immediately receiving everything that God has promised, but doing what He says and enjoying your relationship with Him as you go—regardless of your circumstances.
To what degree are you motivated by your feelings and life circumstances? To what degree are you motivated by your faith in your covenant relationship with God through Messiah?
Rest. Fellowship. Discussion.