Deuteronomy 29 - Joshua 1- God is our Rock, our reason to be strong and courageous!

I have to say, I really enjoyed reading Deuteronomy! I hope you did too!

This week I was reminded:

1.  The only way to do things is God's way!  We can not create our own way of doing things and think we will get to heaven that way.  It's God's way or no way (Deut. 29:20)!  Jesus reiterates that idea when he says, "No one comes to the Father except through me."(John 14:6). There is just one way, God's way!

2. I saw foreshadowing in Deut. 30:4, "Even if you have been banished to the most distant land under the heavens, from there the Lord your God will gather you and bring you back." to the words Jesus says in Matthew 24:3 when he says he will send his angels to "gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other."  This is going to happen, people! I can't wait!  Are you excited for that day?

3. I saw the first reference to God being our Rock in Deut.32.  Moses makes that reference 7x's in the song God had him teach the people. God being our Rock is also referenced 24x's in Psalms, not to mention, the ever so prophetic verse found in Isaiah 28:16, "See I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation".  So, obviously, we would find the same references to Jesus, God incarnate, being a Rock, in the New Testament (1Cor. 3:11, 10:4, Romans 9:33,  Ephesians 2:20, 1 Peter 2:4)!  I love how God ties his story all together!!!

And now we start Joshua.  Today I read four times how Joshua was called to be strong and courageous.  That is a calling to us today as well!  The only way to be strong and courageous is to know your God, Jesus, is the Rock and foundation of your life.  If you are fully convinced of this, you can and will be strong and courageous, just as Joshua was! Are you fully convinced?

Lastly, I thought I would include a link I watched today for a great summary of Deuteronomy.  Now that we are done reading Deuteronomy, the review makes so much sense!  It's only 7 min.  I highly recommend it!


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