Numbers 36:1- Deuteronomy 1:46, Luke 5:29-6:11, Psalms 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 as we approach the weekend. It’s great to be here with you for the next step forward in the Scriptures. And today we will be concluding the book of Numbers and then launching ourselves into the book of Deuteronomy, which means we will be launching into the final book of the Pentateuch or the Torah, but we’re not there yet. We’ll talk about that when we do get there. Let’s dive in and conclude the book of Numbers by reading Numbers chapter 36. And we’ve been reading from the New Living Translation this week.
Introduction to the book of Deuteronomy:
Okay. So, that concludes the book of Numbers, which brings us to the book of Deuteronomy, which, like I said a minute ago, is the final book in the Pentateuch of the Torah. Deuteronomy literally translates, second law, and it’s a retelling of the law or Torah to the Jewish people. It’s really a little bit more than a review though. It’s a bit deeper than that. Because what is contained in the book of Deuteronomy are the final words of Moses. So, we’ve been traveling with Moses for a long time. 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, all under the careful leadership of Moses. And what we find in Deuteronomy are his last words. Moses is about to die. We heard about that when we were reading the book of Numbers. He’s about to go up in a mountain like his brother. So, as we cover some ground we’ve covered before we will sense the more passionate version of the telling because Moses knows this is the end of his life and he knows that he’s passing the responsibility and it’s been a great burden and responsibility to lead this many people out of slavery in the showdown with Egypt across the Red Sea into the wilderness and change identity from slave to chosen people. That has been quite a story with fits and starts. Now Moses has to pass that responsibility on to a new leader who will be Joshua. Moses, in Deuteronomy, is reminding the people where they’ve come from, where they are, and where they’re going. And in doing so he’s pleading with them to obey the words of the Lord. If they will just obey the promises of God will be fulfilled. So, Deuteronomy is basically laid out in the three final messages from Moses. The first one is the recalling of what happened in Mount Sinai, when God came down on the mountain and met with the people and the 10 Commandments were given and it follows all the way to where they are right there in Moab, across the Jordan from Jericho in the Promise Land. And he appeals urgently that they will be faithful to God. Then his second discourse is the retelling of the giving of the 10 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 will encounter and the tremendous importance of faithfulness and obedience, once again, to God. Obedience is the key to their success and really their only hope of a future. And then his third and final talk, which concludes the book of Deuteronomy, reviews where they’ve come from - who they are and where they’re going. And 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 ends with Moses final instructions for his successor, his final instructions to the people, and his final blessing over the people. So, the mighty man, Moses, who, as a baby, was placed in a basket in a river and that’s where we picked up a story to start with. He grew up in Pharaoh’s house, killed an Egyptian, ran away to the desert only to be called and summoned by God in a burning bush, to go back to Egypt so that the people might be set free, through the plagues, the people were set free. And Moses had been there leader ever since. Moses was, in so many ways, responsible for saving the people of Israel because on number of occasions God was ready to wipe them out and start over. Moses and Aaron are found on many occasions flat on their face before God to intercede on behalf of the people. And, so, we read Deuteronomy this is the end of that story. And Moses blesses the people one final time and then he dies, which is where we’ll find ourselves at the end of the book of Deuteronomy. But now we are at the beginning. Deuteronomy chapter 1.
Thank You Father for Your word. We thank You for it every day because we’re thankful and grateful every day. And as we move into the book of Deuteronomy and review the story of the wilderness, we once again thank You for all that applies to our lives in those stories. It is our story being told back to us over thousands of years and we recognize that and we invite Your Holy Spirit. As we prepare to move forward and into the Promise Land, that we review and consider the story of the wilderness. Come, Holy Spirit. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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Community Prayer and Praise:
Hey good morning Daily Audio Bible Family. It’s Mydia from New Jersey. It’s Tuesday, March 20th and I’m calling to lift up all of our UK sisters and brothers that listen and that call in…just…you’re such a blessing to us and Father God, I just lift them up and all their intentions. I also lift up the intentions of those who don’t call in. Father God, You know who they are. And I just thank you for the blessing them and for keeping Your promises to all of us Father God and I ask that we stand in those promises. I also wanted to just make a comment about today’s reading about when the devil is tempting Jesus. Do you really think that he’s going to give Jesus the kingdom? He’s gonna…I mean…of course…Jesus is not going to succumb but that’s what the devil would do. He was laugh at Jesus after Jesus said yes. And he such a liar. Father God, may be please realize, identify, and just vanquish and call out the devil for his lies and may we just stand in your promises. May we remember all the things that you’ve done for us. And in the hard times may we just hold onto that until our knuckles are white father God because you do deliver and you have delivered us. May we remember like the other caller said, all the things you done for us. I want to lift up my friend Wendy. Her husband just passed away. He was 52. She’s not even 50 yet and they have two teenagers. Father God, may they know You. Reveal Yourself to them. May they just lean on You for everything because You will deliver them, because we trust in You and You have proven to us over and over again that You are truth and may our identity be found in those who feel that they need love from people. May we always, always just cling to You because that’s who we are, Your beloved sons and daughters. In Jesus mighty and precious name we pray. Amen.
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He family. Heather here from Northern California. I haven’t called for a while but I wanted to call and give you guys a praise report. Do you remember last year when Brian announced that they came up with the journals and those very cool pencils? Well that’s always been something I’ve wanted to do, is journal. So, my husband and I decided to buy these, get the pencils, and were going to just make a commitment to write down our Bible struggles and do our prayers. And bottom line, what we discovered in that whole process, we’ve been doing it now for about six or seven months or so, is that the Lord has showed us that we need actually take action for any kind of change that we want to do for our lives. And I’m almost 50 years old and I would’ve told you that I just was born with a tendency to be anxious and have fears and just had to be crippled by those things in my life. And I know a lot of us suffer from that sort of debilitating thing. And what He’s showed me by the journaling thing and by washing myself in His word is that we have to make a decision, we have to take action, we have to choose to do something different. And although it wasn’t easy to continue to do it and I had a lot of battles, it was a choice and fully on this road to healing my mind and not listening to the enemy who wants to rip me off and tell me that I’m just born this way. And, so, I just wanted to share that with you guys. There is victory and we don’t have to live with anxious thoughts and doubting things. And be encouraged and, you know, take action. Do something. It’s all throughout the word. He tells us to do that. So, go. Be encouraged. Love you guys. Bye-bye.