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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Chronological Reading Plan for Mar 10, Dt 1-2

Today's readings are Dt 1-2. Tomorrow's are Dt 3-4. 

Deuteronomy means "Second Law". The book reviews the teachings and events of Exodus, Leviticus and Numbers as a precursor to Israel's taking of the Promised Land, Canaan. The people gathered on the banks of the Jordan are reminded of God's faithfulness, grace and love, but also warned of His wrath. We are reminded, throughout the book, of two Scriptural truths: there are blessings for faithfulness and there are curses for unfaithfulness. 

In Dt 1-2, 40 years have passed since the first generation refused to enter Canaan resulting in their wandering until that generation died out. The long voyage from Sinai is complete, local tribes outside the borders of Canaan have been defeated. Israel’s armies are equipped and ready to battle for the Promised Land. Yes, sometimes God's promises require devotion, commitment and perhaps even battle!

Moses assembles Israel to teach and exhort them, reminding them of their heritage and God’s goodness toward them. God's promises have been kept in spite of perceived obstacles and overwhelming odds. He has moved over a million people through the wilderness for 40 years, providing for them, protecting them, teaching them and refining them every step of the way.  

In the chapters that follow, we will see an overview of God’s abundant provision for His people and His grace as He deals with them. We should be reminded and encouraged that He blesses us in the same ways. 

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