Category Archives: Books of Moses

Rejoice! (Deuteronomy 12)

Whenever you read the Bible, it’s always good to look for words and ideas that are repeated. Of course, even if God says something only once, we should pay attention. But when he repeats something, we know it’s something really … Continue reading

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Our calling (Deuteronomy 10)

The calling of the Levites as described in verse 8 really strikes me. Moses said, At that time the Lord set apart the tribe of Levi to carry the ark of the Lord’s covenant, to stand before the Lord to … Continue reading

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Our motive for holiness (Deuteronomy 7)

God’s words here seem very harsh. “Devote the nations in Canaan to complete destruction. Make no covenant with them and show no mercy to them.” Why so harsh? Because they hated God and were in rebellion against him, their Creator … Continue reading

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Resting to remember (Deuteronomy 5)

I talked last week about the danger of taking God for granted. It is a danger that the Israelites definitely fell into time and again. It was for that reason that God instituted the Sabbath. In recounting the Ten Commandments, … Continue reading

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Taking God for granted (Deuteronomy 1-2)

One of the main themes we see in these two chapters is the rebellion of the Israelites, refusing to enter the land God had promised them. As a result, they wandered around in the wilderness until the generation who had … Continue reading

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Confusing God’s grace with his approval (Numbers 20:2-13)

One thing that God has been reminding me recently is that just because my ministry is blessed, this doesn’t necessarily mean I have his approval. This passage is a perfect example of that. Through Moses, the people of Israel were … Continue reading

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Calling evil, “evil” (Deuteronomy 19)

I’m thinking about my next message I’ll be giving at my church, where Jesus talks about “eye for eye, tooth for tooth” versus forgiveness. I think one thing that many people don’t realize is that “eye for eye, tooth for … Continue reading

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A better high priest (Numbers 20)

As I read this passage, I thought about Aaron. He was the first high priest that Israel ever knew. But he was a flawed man. While Moses was up on the mountain getting the ten commandments, Aaron gave into pressure … Continue reading

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Separate, but interceding (Numbers 16-17)

As I was reading different passages from the Bible today, several things struck me, but perhaps this passage most of all. Some of the Israelites had rebelled against God, and Moses told the community, Get away from the tents of … Continue reading

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Who truly leads us (Deuteronomy 31)

At the end of his life, Moses said something to the Israelites that must have left them with a sick feeling in the pit of their stomachs. I am now a hundred and twenty years old and I am no … Continue reading

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Forgive us our debts… (Deuteronomy 15:1-2)

I’ve now hit Deuteronomy in my Bible reading, and actually covered about 10 chapters or so. I use a Bible with no chapter numbers or verses, and it’s amazing how quickly the chapters fly by when you don’t know they’re … Continue reading

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Going beyond what God has said (Numbers 22-24, 2 John)

My daily reading and my church’s Bible reading plan (2 different things) have a certain parallel that I found interesting. In Numbers, God tells Balaam that when he goes with the men of Balak (who wants Balaam to curse Israel), … Continue reading

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Numbers 15:30-40 — Following our own hearts

“Just follow your heart!” How often have we heard that said to us? How often do we say it to others? I suppose that there is some truth to it. When our hearts are aligned with Christ’s, they will often … Continue reading

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Despising God (Numbers 13-14)

Lots here that stand out to me. But perhaps the most are these words: The Lord said to Moses, “How long will these people despise me? How long will they not trust in me…(14:11) How often do we link failing … Continue reading

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Spiritual babies (Numbers 11)

It strikes me just how childish the Israelites were in this passage. The Israelites wept again and said, “Who will feed us meat? We remember the free fish we ate in Egypt, along with the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions, and … Continue reading

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A single misstep (Numbers 6:1-21)

Something struck me here as I read the law concerning the Nazirites. Nazirites were people who for a period in their lives set themselves apart for God. There were several rules for the Nazirites, one of which was that they … Continue reading

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Pictures of sin (Leviticus 11-15)

This is one of those passages that make a lot of people go, “Huh?” To be honest, probably most of the Israelites themselves said, “Huh?” when they heard these commands. Looking at these commands, they can seem so anal. Why … Continue reading

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How we regard God (Leviticus 9-10)

Yes, I know I’m going backward. Actually this year, I’m reading through each book of the Bible at least twice, using two different translations. I’ve been thinking about leadership in the church, and how we are to be held to … Continue reading

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“I am Yahweh” (Leviticus)

I will walk among you and be your God, and you will be my people. I am the LORD (Yahweh) your God… (Leviticus 26:12-13) I wrote about this a couple of days ago, but as I read Leviticus 22-27 again, … Continue reading

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Contemplating God (Leviticus 18-19)

As I read these passages, the same words are repeated again and again: “I am the LORD (Yahweh) your God.” “Worship me alone. I am Yahweh your God.” (19:4) “Set aside time for me. I am Yahweh your God.” (19:3) “Honor … Continue reading

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Deuteronomy 34/Psalm 90 — How will people remember you?

And so after about 7 months, we finally finish up the books of Moses.  Ironically, we finish with the one chapter Moses didn’t write.  Instead it was an epilogue relating Moses’ death.  And then it gives this tribute to him: … Continue reading

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