Deuteronomy 8-10

Chapter 8 has two bookends: verses 2 and 18 with the word “Remember”.

  • Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands.
  • 18 But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.

Read this chapter carefully, Jesus uses this part of His speech when confronted by the devil in Matthew 4:4. (One of the most important things I learned is that the devil knows and uses scripture to manipulate us, so we need to know it too if we are going to stand against him daily).

Read closely and look for something new to pop off the page to you.  I had MANY.  He is retelling the history of his ancestors but this time from God’s viewpoint not the Israelites.

Chapter 9: Obviously I love chapter 9 for so many reasons!  He carries us NOT because of our righteousness but because of HIS righteousness.  By the way,  I never noticed how long Moses lay prostrate before the Lord each time!  I have to reflect on that and my own pitiful prayer habits.

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Chapter 10:  Read it word for word!  Underline all the cool new findings this year that God has revealed to you that you may not have picked up on this time last year…put them in the ark….acacia wood…set apart the tribe of Levi! (If you read ONE scripture and think…I don’t remember that, ASK us to talk about it in the comments.

Verse 12-22

“What does the Lord ask of you??”

  1. Fear the Lord
  2. Walk in Obedience
  4. Serve the Lord with all your heart
  5. Observe HIs commands

The Lord is Great, Mighty, and Awesome.  He shows no partiality, accepts no bribes, defends the fatherless, and loves the foreigner.

Did one scripture stick out to you? (I KNOW more than one did).  I kept the post short for a reason, today is a read worth reading twice.  Read it again. If a verse did not pop off the page to you today…we need to talk!

11 thoughts on “Deuteronomy 8-10

  1. What stood out to me was also the length of time that Moses lay praying AND am I understanding it correctly – did he do 80 days without food and water? (One fasting day a week throws me over the edge 😬)

    I was also convicted by (several things but particularly) defend the fatherless and love the foreigner. I encounter so many in what I do. I defend and love them but I am not sure I was doing it out of obedience to God. It just what I was supposed to do because of my role. For me, it is an adjustment in my thinking. It’s not that I need to greatly change how I do what I do, but my “why” for sure will now be different.

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  2. Maybe I should clarify- I love on all the people that I encounter to the best of my ability because God says to love all people, but there is something about it when there is a specific note there in his Word!!

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    1. You did not need to clarify. ❤️ I love the verse that follows yours:
      19 And you are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt.

      Love the people that do not know the Lord. They act lost because they are lost. We were once too! I remember the bracelets “WWJD”, I think we need to bring those back. What would his conversations be? What would his Facebook comments be? What would his thoughts be when dealing with harsh people? I have a lot to think about today.

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      1. And as far as my own ability to love people – it is weak. It’s definitely constantly relying on His power. I desire to love like He does but I definitely need Him in me to do so.

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  3. Random question back to Exodus 32 since it was sort of brought up in today’s reading. Was Moses’ plea to God about prayer and him relenting because he had prayed?

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  4. I didn’t remember from before how long Moses fasted and prayed. This makes me take a hard look at how earnest and devoted I am to my prayer and Bible study time. The emphasis in these chapters on faithfulness and obedience to God’s commands is a powerful and sobering reminder of where I need to be focused and sadly how badly I miss that mark most days.

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    1. I am with you. I call myself a “traffic light” worshipper. I sit at a red light and by the time it turns green I am off and running. I have trouble sitting still, (if you met me, you would laugh at how true this is). The Bible has been very convicting of how the things of the world are so distracting. I will say a few years ago I started asking people to pray for my “time”. I needed better time management skills. Reading my Bible was far from first on my things-to-do list. The Lord has been so faithful to not make it a “thing to do” but a desire of my heart. ❤️ Last year was a “studying” year, and I loved it. This year is more of a “quiet time” season. I do love both equally but studying has so enhanced my “quiet time”. I am already excited for next year, what will the Lord peel off my heart!

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  5. 10:15 — I circled the word Yet!
    “Yet the Lord set his affection on your forefathers and loved them, and He chose you…

    To think on such things resets my soul. God who had no need, chose a people with great need, and provided compassionate, covenant love to them regularly. This is being Favored of God. I am a witness and recipient. ❤️

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