TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5
SCRIPTURE: Deuteronomy 29
By: Jeremy Witt
If we view these chapters as the conclusion of Moses’ sermon, we are nearing the invitation or call to action. Moses is reviewing the covenant which was first made at Horeb or Mount Sinai (verse 1). Moses reviews the people’s history with God, reminding them of what the LORD has done as we see in verse 2. For the sake of those of us with bad memories, we should do this in our own life as well. Let us not forget what the LORD has done in our journey, so that we do not make the same mistakes as those before us or even worse, make the same mistakes we have already made again.
Point of note: As I look at my life, I have done this very thing as I review my life. I have repeated failures and sins because I was so caught up in the now rather than the big picture. Many people dislike history for a variety of reasons, but if we can get to a point where we will review our lives, we can see cycles that repeat or hopefully avoiding repeating by being aware of our history and those who have gone before us.
Verse 4 has some things that remind me to pray for myself and for my children. I pray for a heart that is soft and teachable not hard, stubborn, nor rebellious. I pray for ears to hear God and eyes to see where He is at work. Henry Blackaby in Experiencing God said that when we see God at work somewhere, we should go and join Him. I pray that I and my children will see God’s hands at work so that we can be a part of what He is doing.
Notice verses 11-21. Notice that God makes this covenant with those in attendance, but also those who will come later. This covenant is binding to future generations. Why is this significant to us today? It was to be shared not only with the family but also with the foreigners in your land as stated in verse 11. From the very beginning God has intended the family to teach, train, raise up, and disciple the next generation. Grandparents pass to the parents who pass to their children their faith and history with God. God’s Word was to taught in the home and lived out daily. Read verse 15 again. It starts in the family.
Then we see the results if the family fails in verses 19-21. The consequences of doing our own thing is great. The punishment of not obeying God is great and has dire consequences for our grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Others will notice as we read in verses 22-28 and will determine that they disobeyed the LORD God.
40 years earlier, God first made this covenant with the people of Israel. There is a lot to this covenant as we read in Exodus, Leviticus, and have reviewed in our Deuteronomy devotional, but we can sum this up fairly briefly. God promised to bless Israel by making them a nation that would help the rest of the world to know God. In return, Israel promised to love and obey God to receive physical and spiritual blessings. Moses is reviewing how God has kept up His part and always would, but the Israelites were not fulfilling their end of the covenant. Moses begins pointing out what will happen if Israel continues to falter as we read in verses 22 and following.
Our legacy will continue through our family. It will be shaped by our faith and obedience in the LORD God or by our disobedience. The principles here in the end of Deuteronomy will be seen today in our faith or lack thereof. Many of these truths are seen throughout the New Testament in our faith and obedience to our Savior. May we remember what God has brought us through. May we remember the LORD’s faithfulness and blessings. May our eyes be open to Him, and our hearts tender and teachable of what He says to us today. May we not forget and become hard-hearted, and may we pass our faith and history to our children and grandchildren.