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Deuteronomy 22-28- For our protection!

Among the various laws we read over the week, I was left pondering........a lot!! Some of what we read was strange!

Yet, one verse stood out to me like a light bringing clarity to it all!!
"For the Lord moves about in your camp to protect you and deliver your enemies to you." (23:14)

I love that!!! God gave us laws to use for "teaching, correcting and rebuking" (2 Tim. 3:16) because He loves us!! He wants to protect us!

I also had this thought, while I was reading all those rules, like a parent with a child, we don't always get the "why" behind the rule.  At times, I have given a rule to one of my kids and just expected obedience because of my relationship with that child.  My kids know I love them and want the best for them, so for the most part, they obey the rules of the house without asking why. Actually, most of the time, they can figure out the "why" without asking.

I noticed that a lot of the rules God put forth in the Law have obvio…

Deuteronomy 15-21- Happy Father's Day!!

How fortunate that we are reading what our Heavenly Father has said to us!

However, there were some strange, or hard things to process in our reading this week, wouldn't you agree?! Like, our reading today, ch.21, whoa, am I right?! 😳

Yet, even if it sounds barbaric, or not applicable today, there are still lessons to learn.  After all, Paul says in his letter to Timothy that "all Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, rebuking, for correcting for training in righteousness" (2 Tim 3:16). Therefore, we can not throw out scripture that makes us uncomfortable as we read.
I have a friend who is a teacher in a Christian elementary school.  She has the privilege to get to teach the Bible to her students daily.  She teaches her students to look for the "Timeless Truths" in what they read.  I love that!
So, what were some timeless truths you found even in scriptures you found to be uncomfortable?

One timeless truth that stood out to me was the…

Deuteronomy 8-14- Hungry for some manna?

When one reads the Old Testament through the lens of the coming Christ, it's kind'a easy to see the things that point to Jesus.  Did you see anything this week that pointed to Jesus?

I noticed chapter 8 had some big-time arrow pointing!! → = Jesus!
Moses was reminding the Israelites about the manna they had in the desert.  "He (God) humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone by on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord." (8:3)
Did that sound familiar to you? It should!  Jesus, himself, quoted that verse to the "tempter" in Matthew 4:4.

I also can't help think of the scene when, once again, God was providing a miraculous amount of food for the people that gathered around Jesus on the shore of the Sea of Galilee.  Jesus even reminds the people the same thing Moses was reminding the Israelites about,  "Your ancestors a…

Deuteronomy 1-7- Welcome to the Summer Reading Plan!

Here we go, diving into the Old Testament to remind ourselves of our mighty God's wisdom, power, love, and mercy!

How did you like the first week of reading?  Chapters 1-3 felt like I was reading the Cliff notes to the book of Numbers.  I loved the brief overview!  It was also great to read the 10 Commandments again in chapter 5; so simple yet so profound!!

I mentioned that I was going to be looking for foreshadowing to Jesus as I do my summer reading since I have been told the whole Old Testament (OT) points to his coming.   Well, sure enough, I found some!  How about you?  Did you notice anything that points to Jesus?
What I noticed was in the very first chapter of Deuteronomy!

The history that Moses was reviewing with the current generation of Israelites regarding the actions of their parents, is exactly the same human behavior we have today!  Wouldn't you agree? And, God was the same back then as He is now!  He foreshadowed the work of Jesus by displaying his character b…