Numbers 36:1-Deuteronomy 1:46 ~ Luke 5:29-6:11 ~ Psalm 66:1-20 ~ Proverbs 11:24-26
Today is the 23rd day of March. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It’s great to be here with you today as we take the next step forward through the scriptures this year and we will complete the book of Numbers today and begin the book of Deuteronomy. So we’ll talk about Deuteronomy when we get there, but first Numbers chapter 36, verse 1 through the end of Numbers and then Deuteronomy chapter 1, verse 1 through 46.
Introduction of a New Book (Old Testament)
The final book in the Pentateuch or the Torah, everything that we’ve read in the Old Testament up to this point, the final book in that grouping of books is the book of Deuteronomy, which literally means second law. It is really much deeper than that because this book contains the final words of Moses.
Under Moses’ leadership we’ve seen God move in miraculous ways and rescue his children and assemble them as a people and establish a culture and this happened under the careful leadership of Moses and these are Moses’ last words. Moses is about to die. We’re about to cover some ground we’ve covered before, but we should sense the more passionate version of the telling, because Moses knows this is the end of his life, he knows he is passing this great responsibility of leadership on to Joshua. Moses is reminding the people where they’ve come from and where they are and why they are there and where they are going. In doing this, he pleads with them to obey the words of the Lord. If they will just obey, the promises of God will be fulfilled.
Deuteronomy is laid out in three final messages from Moses. The first one is the retelling of what happened at Mount Sinai when God came down on the mountain and met with the people and the Ten Commandments were given from that point, all the way to where they are there in Moab, across the Jordan from the promised land, and he appeals urgently that they be faithful to God.
Then his second talk is the retelling of the giving of the Ten Commandments where he gives the first commandment particular gravity. He talks about what it will be like when they go over the Jordan and the temptations that they’ll encounter and the tremendous importance of faithfulness and obedience to God. Obedience is the key to their success and their only hope for a future.
Then his third and final talk, the very final words of Moses reviews where they’ve come from, where they are, where they are going. It’s his final plea to be faithful to God and it renews the covenant with God. He warns them of disobedience and the repercussions of breaking the covenant and then it ends with Moses’ final instructions for his successor, his final instructions to the people, and his final blessing over the people.
This mighty man Moses, who as a baby was placed in a basket in the river, grew up in Pharaoh’s house, killed an Egyptian and ran away to the desert only to be called and summoned by God in a burning bush to return to Egypt to set the people free. Through the plagues, through the mistrust, the people were set free and he was their leader ever since. Moses was in so many ways responsible for saving the people of Israel because on a number of occasions God was ready to wipe them out and start over with Moses. Moses and Aaron are found on many occasions flat on their faces before God to intercede on behalf of the people.
This is the end. Moses blesses the people one final time and then he dies which is where we will find ourselves at the end of the book of Deuteronomy. But we’re only at the beginning, Deuteronomy chapter 1.
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Community Prayer Requests and Praise Reports
Hi dear family. This is Pastor Gene. Dear Candace from Oregon, I have loved you from the moment I met you on the phone line and I love you every day more. The __________ honor of your husband who is now with the Lord. I rejoice in his graduation, but I’m terribly sorry for your loss. The Lord is Candace’s shepherd. She will not be in want. He makes Candace lie down in green pastures and leads her beside quiet waters. He restores Candace’s soul. The Lord guides her in paths of righteousness for his namesake. Even when Candace walks through the valley of the shadow of death, she will fear no evil because the Lord is with her and his rod and his staff, they comfort Candace. The Lord prepares a table for Candace in the presence of her enemies. The Lord anoints Candace’s head with oil. Candace’s cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow Candace all the days of her life and she and her husband will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Candace, I love you so much. And many of us would like to get in touch with you beyond this hotline. If you have an opportunity, look us up in Facebook under DAB Friends where so many of us have started to post and many of us have posted our condolences and encouragement to you. I love you, Candace. Your sister in Christ, Pastor Gene from Bradenton, FL. Bye.
Hello DAB. I am Tony from Southern California. This is my first time calling to request for prayer. Though I have prayed for other listeners, but I have not asked because of the awkwardness I feel, I have to ask now and I feel there are godly people here. I’m at the end of a 20-year long marriage with my wife. We have three children, the eldest, a young woman, and two young men. I love my family deeply and have worked all my life to provide for them. I’m a good employee, but the life of a correctional officer is a hard one and has taken its toll and has only helped to enforce upon me what I learned as a child growing up in a dysfunctional family. It is a struggle. I have been doing it for as long as my marriage and now I feel I have to leave it. I offer not excuse for my actions. I’m not asking for pity because it is a hard job, but I feel that it was part of what I am today. I’m at the edge of losing my family now. I may already have. My wife is completely right. I have emotionally abused her and damaged the family extensively. She is at the edge. There is no trust anymore. We both believe in God and the lifelong commitment of marriage, but this kind of thing is extremely damaging. Now I know who Christ is and have accepted him into my heart. He is the Savior that buys back the sins of all men. Christ is the only path to God. I understand that this is only due to God’s grace, but I am a believer. I know that I can come to God in prayer and seek forgiveness and ask for a miracle and I could ask for others to pray for me also. I ask for listeners to pray for me. I am not good at prayer and my heart is not broken enough. Will you please pray that God will let the Holy Spirit enter into my heart and save me from sin? I know we have such busy lives, but please stand in the gap for me. Pray that I receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit. That is what I need the most. I need to be born again and that is what I’ve lacked. Pray for transformation of the heart. Pray that I be a humble man in Christ. Pray for healing and a broken, contrite spirit. I never really had that either. I know that God can do this as nothing is impossible for God. That God can save my marriage and I have…
Johnnie from South Alabama again. I was outside working on a project and listening to the community prayer and the Lord made me stop in the middle of working and call in to lift up brother Bill B. in prayer right now. I mean, I don’t know. Some of you newer listeners may not know, but he was a missionary I believe in Uganda, helped out a lot of boys over there. He’s a worker. Jesus said pray for the laborers. Pray to the Lord of the harvest because the harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few. Brother B. is a laborer. So I just pray that, Father God, you would renew him physically, renew his strength, give him new life, new vigor so that he may go and do your work which you placed in his heart to do. Lord, I just pray for all the other Dabbers at this time, especially the ones who are constantly lifting everyone up in prayer. I pray a shield of protection around the prayer warriors. We release your angels to go and protect them and to protect us all. __________ force, be a shield of force, be a rear guard behind us. Every dart that the enemy flies against us, let it be struck down immediately. The victory is already won. You are Jehovah __________. You are __________. That is your name. Our Victory. And we love you, Father God. We lift you up. We praise you and we glorify you in your mighty son’s name, Yeshuah Messiah, Jesus, the Christ, Son of the Living God.
Hello. This is a DAB listener for probably 7-8 years now. I can’t keep track because you’ve been part of my family forever. I seldom give you my name because I feel like I’m part of the people that call and also those who do not, so I hope that I am giving word to those who don’t ring. The reason why I’m calling today is that I lost a friend who was Native American and many of my Native American friends, which I have several because of where I live in the world, they may even truly believe in Jesus Christ as the Savior, but they are so __________ into their community that they have native roots that give them the spiritual belief that ties them to their Native American faith. I don’t disrespect that at all because they were here where I live long before I and knitted their community together for a long time and, of course, the whole Christ and all of that kind of _________ their native faith is first. So the thing is is that I just want to remind those who are Native Americans that Christ is not __________ your beliefs.
Thank you, God, for giving me everything I’ve asked. You’ve freed me from my demons and my true self is now __________. Time is running short now. As they say, this too shall pass. I praise and thank you constantly. There is not much that I ask. The relationship I have with you I pray will always last. Last is first. The first is last. A simple little verse. Some men go from good to bad. Some from bad to worse. Help me just be patient, God, and follow where you lead. Help me not be selfish, be consumed by lust and greed. Wherever two are gathered, I know that you’ll be there. Keep my __________ simple and strip my ego back. Make me in your image, God. I’m flesh but still I’m clay. Fill me with your spirit and renew my strength each day. One and one is usually two, but you and I are one. Finish, God, the work in me you clearly have begun. BlindTony1016@gmail.com. I’d like to give a shout-out to Alleah from Waxahachie. Haven’t heard from you in quite a while. Hope you’re still there, hanging in there. And I would like to give a shout-out to Victorious Soldier. Always love to hear your voice. Okay. And Melisa from Alabama, yeah, always love the sound of your voice too. And my special prayers go out to the Hardin family, especially Jill right around now, getting ready to do the women’s conference thing again. I pray God’s protection and blessings and he will stir up the gifts within you and make you a blessing in all that you say and do. Yeah, keep the faith you all. Keep it flowing. Alright, bye-bye.
Hello family. This is Candace from Oregon. Dawn from New York and the many others who are praying for me and my family in the sudden loss of my husband of 40 years, the dad of our three adult children and grandpa of two boys ages 11 and 16, it has been the toughest week of my life and yet also deeply blessed as so many have come to our aid. This was easily a week of 1000 graces from the hand of our Heavenly Father who mourns with us even as he welcomes this wonderful man who loves Jesus so deeply. Psalm 23 and Zephaniah 3:17 came into play again and again, the latter being truly his life verse, his eternal life verse. So I am saying thank you, Lord Jesus, and thank you to each one of you who continues in prayer for us, we will be needing and we love you.