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Wow, the past 3 months seem to have flown by... It's now April 1 and we are officially 25%, or one quarter, of the way through the Old Testament! Congratulations! Give yourself a pat on the back! High-five God! Your marathon pace is going great!
In Deuteronomy 18:15 today Moses prophesies about Jesus! "Moses continued, “The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your fellow Israelites. You must listen to him." These words of Moses' show that the coming of Jesus was not an afterthought, but part of God's original plan. In Acts 3:22-23 Peter quoted this verse to show that Jesus was the long awaited Messiah, the prophet referred to here in Deuteronomy.
Bob Deffinbaugh with Bible.org has a great commentary on Deuteronomy chapter 18 titled "False Prophets" at this link. One good quote from this link from Bob is - "False prophets play down the majesty and holiness of God. They try, as it were, to ‘bring God down’ to our level. They make us feel comfortable around “God” (or the “gods”), and they even seek to convince us that we can manipulate God to our advantage. The true prophets did just the opposite.'" Think there are false prophets in our world today?
In Deuteronomy chapter 19 we read about the Cities of Refuge today. An image is below for verse 11 - which did not allow one safety in the Cities of Refuge.... ""But suppose someone hates a neighbor and deliberately ambushes and murders that neighbor..."
An image is below for Deuteronomy chapter 20 verses 1 through 4 - ""When you go out to fight your enemies and you face horses and chariots and an army greater than your own, do not be afraid. The LORD your God, who brought you safely out of Egypt, is with you! Before you go into battle, the priest will come forward to speak with the troops. He will say, `Listen to me, all you men of Israel! Do not be afraid as you go out to fight today! Do not lose heart or panic. For the LORD your God is going with you! He will fight for you against your enemies, and he will give you victory!'" This reminds me of a great lyric from Chris Tomlin's Arriving CD - "If God is on our side, who can be against us?"
Worship Video: Today's readings reminded me Matthew West's terrific song "Maker:"
Have you given your life over to your maker? Click here and meet your Maker!
Comments from You & Questions of the Day: How have the first 3 months of readings been for you? Have you learned something new about God? About the Old Testament? Are you looking forward to the next 3 months of readings? Do you think this daily reading of the Bible is a good spiritual discipline? Also, what verses or insights stand out to you in today's readings? Please post up by clicking on the "Comments" link below!
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