Today’s Chapters: Deuteronomy 3-7
Moses pleads with the Lord to let him enter the Promised Land. We see from his life that while God forgives our sins, we still have to deal with the consequences of them. Moses struck the rock when God told him to speak to it. If you commit a murder and are sentences to jail, you may accept Jesus as your Savior while in prison but that doesn’t mean you are going to instantly be let out of jail – you still have the consequences to deal with.
The first thing that Moses reiterated to the people was their special relationship with God. He chose them out of all of the nations of the world. With this in mind, they were to worship Him alone. This is something Christians need to bear in mind – we have a special relationship – we need to live like it!
The second item that Moses covered is that which has become the foundation for untold numbers of civilization’s civil code – the 10 Commandments. They are the foundation of the law. Every other statute that God gave the Israelites begins with at least one of these.
Here is the greatest commandment – the love the Lord with all of your heart, soul, and strength. It is one thing to understand and obey the law it is something else completely to obey the law because you love the Lawmaker – God. We obey because we want to show our love and devotion to the One who commands us.
God tells the Israelites that there will be blessings provided if they follow Him but also curses if they turn their backs on Him.