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Our Journey – Week 12

Our Journey

Come join us to read through the Bible Chronologically – this six day plan gives you Sunday off so that you can have a devoted prayer time to reflect and journal on what you’ve read throughout the week! And if needed – a day to catch up on any readings you may have missed. Please know that you can begin with the 1st of the year or at any time you please (and then catch up when you’re able to – maybe even next year)! May God Bless you as you walk and build your relationship closer with Him! 

Week 12

March 17

Deuteronomy 24-27

March 18

Deuteronomy 28-29

March 19

Deuteronomy 30-31

March 20

Deuteronomy 32-34; Psalm 91

March 21

Joshua 1-5

March 22

Joshua 6-9

 
March 23 Prayer  /  Reflection  /  Journal & Bible Reading Catch Up

Scripture(s) that stuck out to me this week: 

      Deut. 29:18 Make sure there is no man or woman, clan or tribe among you today whose heart turns away from the LORD our God to go and worship the gods of those nations; make sure there is no root among you that produces such bitter poison.

     Deut. 29:29 The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed bleong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law.

     Deut. 31:10-12 Than Moses commanded them: “At the end of every seven years, in the year for canceling debts, during the Feast of Tabernacles, when all Israel comes to appear before the LORD your God at the place He will choose, you shall read this law before them in their hearing. Assemble the people – men, women and children, and the aliencs living in your towns – so they can listen and learn to fear the LORD your God and follow carefully all the words of this law.

     Deut. 31:19 “Now write down for yourselves this song and teach it to the Isralites and have them sing it, so that it may be a witness for me against them.

Of course there were more Scriptures that stuck out… but these above really struck a cord in me. Focusing on Deut. 29:18… We need to stay focused on our LORD, making sure not to plant any seeds of evil within or around us. If you’ve done something wrong, confess it to God and others immediately to stop the evil seed from planting and growing out of control. We need to make sure to guard ourselves against those who may turn away from the LORD our God.

The notes from The Life Application NIV Bible shares for Deut. 29:29 There are some secrets God has chosen not to reveal to us, possibly for the following reasons : (1) our finite minds cannot fully understand the infinite aspects of God’s nature and the universe (Eccl. 3:11); (2) some things are unnecessary for us to know until we are more mature; (3) God is infinite and all knowing, and we do not have the capacity to know everything He does. This verse shows that although God has not told us everything there is to know about obeying Him, He has told us enough. Thus disobedience comes from an act of the will, not a lack of knowledge. Through God’s Word we know enough about Him to be saved by faith and to serve Him. We must not use the limitation of our knowledge as an excuse to reject his claim on our life.

I received this following email from {[One Year Bible]} blog regarding this weeks reading: This week in Deuteronomy chapter 31 verses 10-12 we will read – “Then Moses commanded them: “At the end of every seven years, in the year for canceling debts, during the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot), when all Israel comes to appear before the LORD your God at the place he will choose, you shall read this law before them in their hearing. Assemble the people – men, women and children, and the aliens living in your towns-so they can listen and learn to fear the LORD your God and follow carefully all the words of this law.” Incredible verses! I like that Moses was setting up a way for God’s Word to continue to be taught & heard by God’s People every 7 years! I think this gets at a couple of things – 1. We humans are very forgetful. We may hear something once, but we need to hear it over and over again – particularly if it is God’s Word. 2. There is always a new generation of people coming up behind us. It is so important to educate this new generation about God’s Word. So – how do these verses above speak to you today? Are you hearing or reading God’s Word on a consistent basis? I know the answer is yes, for this year, as you’re in the One Year Bible! And I know that many of you have been reading the One Year Bible for many years now. However, I know not everyone will read the OYB every year. Here’s a suggestion – what about committing to reading the entire Bible – in the One Year Bible or Chronological or other format – once every 7 years? Thus, if you live to be 101, you’ll have read the Bible through at least 10 times (not counting those early years J ). Just a thought to keep in the back of your mind – please consider reading the entire Bible at least once every 7 years. Though, I would encourage you to at least read some portion of the Word each and every day, in each and every year. Next question – are you somehow involved in teaching others the Word? Are you encouraging your friends or family members to read God’s Word? Will you consider inviting your family & friends to participate in the One Year Bible in 2009? Are you somehow involved in teaching the younger generation coming up behind you to learn God’s Word? Maybe through your church you can get involved in Sunday school ministries or maybe there is a younger person in your community that you can mentor and disciple?

I kept reading this Scripture… praying over, to figure out what this meant for me. Taking in a very literal way I focused on “what” was the law that needed to be read every seven years. I understand the importance for us is to make sure that we’re in His Word everyday, and making sure that we’re teaching His Word to our children and those who do not know of Him. Here they were to focus on and teach the law of Moses which includes 613 commandments. The Law of Moses is also referred to as principles of Biblical Law, statements and principles of law and ethics, and Mosaic Law and can be found in the Five Books of Moses (the Pentateuch). You can see more information regarding this here at Wikipedia. The Life Application NIV shares: The laws were to be read to the whole assembly so that everyone, including the children, could hear them. Every seven years the entire nation would gather together and listen as a priest read the law to them. There were no books, Bibles, or newsstands to spread God’s word, so the people had to rely on word of mouth and an accurate memory. Memorization was an important part of worship because if everyone knew the law, ignorance would be no excuse for breaking it. To fulfill God’s purpose and will in our lives, we need the content and substance of His Word in our hearts and minds. For the Hebrews, this process began in childhood. Teaching our children and new believers should be one of our top priorities. Our finest teachers, best recources, and most careful thought should be directed toward showing young believers how to follow God in all life’s situations. Do you take the time in memorization?

Read through Deut. 31:19 (above)… write down the song and teach it… Read through Deut. 32. This is the Song of Moses giving a brief history of Israel, reminding the people of their mistakes, warns them to avoid repetition of those mistakes, and offers the hope that comes only in trusting God. Do you know the song? Can you hear it? Take time to read through, and/or write down Deut. 32 several times. Focus on the points that stick out to you… and share here!

I look forward to continuing on Our Journey through Joshua next post!

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