5 Deuteronomy: Promises from God
October 1, 2017
5 - Deuteronomy / Preparation
Author: Moses Date: 1445-1400 B.C.
Significant Events: Moses recounts Exodus and Wilderness Wandering, Moses restates Ten Commandments and Laws for Godly Living, Renewal of the Covenant between God and His People, Leadership Passed to Joshua, Moses' Death.
Key Verse: “Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one." – Deuteronomy 6:4
In the book of Deuteronomy, Moses is doing just what we are doing on Route 66. He’s going over the history of what God has done for His people, and He’s reminding them of what God asks in return.
Deuteronomy literally means “Second Law.” It’s how Moses is preparing the people to enter into the Land of Canaan.
Because it’s been 40 years. There were two years between when God brought the people out of their enslavement and the time that they stood at Kadesh prepared to go into Canaan and receive the Promised Land for which God had brought them out of Egypt.
So two years and then 38 more years of wandering in the wilderness when the people rebelled. And the next generation had grown up.
So Moses recites the history of the people, He restates God’s laws, and then He reminds them of God’s promises:
“If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all His commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. All these blessings will come upon you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God.” – Deuteronomy 28:1-2
And then God through Moses goes on to detail the blessings. Here are a couple of them:
Necessities Prosperity Success
Family Safety Respect
Victory Power Virtue
Now understand, just as these were promises for the people of Israel to experience in their Promised Land, so there is also a future fulfillment coming for all of God’s people.
These promises are to be fulfilled in part in this life and in full consummation in God’s Eternal Kingdom.
For now there is a partial fulfillment in this life. Every good thing you have now has come to you from the hand of God. He blesses you to show you His heart and His character, but He wants your affection to be for Him rather than simply the things of this life.
So in a sense this life is the proving ground. It’s the time of testing. It’s the wandering in the wilderness.
You are the children of the Promise. And God is asking,
Here’s the assurance that God gives that these promises are for you. Through the Apostle Paul in the New Testament:
Understand there is no promise, no good thing in this life which will not be magnified and multiplied to its fullest expression in God’s Kingdom.
Family Home Abundance (is there)
Satisfaction Health Delight
Goodness Purpose Adventure
Discovery Creativity Beauty
Joy Fulfillment God
Understand God is the penultimate blessing. He is the source of blessing. There is no blessing without Him. He is Good. He Himself is what you really desire, and He emanates with all that brings delight.
And in God and with God, you yourself will become all that He made you to be.
If God made you a builder, you will build things you could not imagine.
If God made you to sing or to play instruments, you cannot fathom the songs and the melodies that you will create and will offer – the joy and exhilaration.
If God made you a manager of people and situations, you are going to be set in charge of events and processes and people that will make the Super Bowl look like a kids’ birthday party.
I began to wonder this week, what will God have me doing?
I love this – the family of God gathered together, relating, worshiping, communion with each other and God I like doing the little detail things to get ready. Things to prepare that no one really sees.
I never thought of it before, but I think I would have fit in well as a priest who served in the Old Testament temple or the tabernacle. Just give me my job and then let me enjoy everyone singing and exalting God together.
Now in the eternal kingdom, in the heavenly city, there won’t be any temple. That’s what Revelation says. Because the presence and the worship of God is everywhere.
But there is still a place where the throne is. Whoa, maybe I’ll work somewhere close by. But no matter what God has planned, it’s going to fit me. It will be exactly what I’m made for. My joy will be full.
You know, in the kingdom that’s coming, there will never be a shortage of knowledge or joy. It will always be at the maximum level, but it also will be continually expanding and increasing.
Like manna from heaven that appears every morning. Always enough. Always more. Always completely nourishing and satisfying and delightful.
You know, Moses went on to talk about the curses. God says if you are not His, if you don’t live the life that comes from Him, all these things will be gone forever. It will be the opposite of every good thing.
But that’s not what you want. You want God’s best.
Outside today the leaves are changing colors. The sky is blue. It is beautiful. But it’s not the most beautiful place on earth.
The Grand Canyon is more stunning. Beachside at the ocean is more peaceful. The Teton mountains are more majestic. The millions of stars twinkling in the sky at night are more awe-inspiring.
What will it be like to explore and experience all that God has created?
Consider the buildings outside these walls. They represent all sorts of activity – there are restaurants and movie theaters and an events center. All sorts of different purposes. Wal Mart across the highway is a really big building. There’s a lot going on there.
But these are not the most beautiful structures on earth. They’re not the most impressive. They don’t compare to Buckingham Palace or the Taj Mahal or the Pyramids of Egypt or to the Great Wall of China.
But what will it be like to see the banquet halls of heaven? The streets of gold so pure they shine like glass? The home and the place that Jesus has prepared just for you? The throne room of God?
You know, I was thinking a lot this week about these protests going on at NFL football games. And they are kind of an extension of all the mess and the rioting that has been going on in our country over the last several months. And it’s sad and sickening. And it’s no wonder that people have strong feelings about it.
So considering what’s going on in our nation, and the context of our Scripture this morning, I went back and read some of the speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King. And you may remember those words he spoke in his last speech in Memphis before he was assassinated.
Of course, Dr. King was recalling the words of Moses. God allowed Moses to go up on a mountain and look over into the Promised Land. Now Moses knew he wasn’t going into Canaan. He didn’t receive the full blessing of promise in his lifetime. But I want you to know, Moses did still make it to the Promised Land.
Now through these words of Moses, through the Scripture, it’s like God is taking you to the mountaintop, and He’s letting you look over into the Promised Land, into the Far Country.
And He’s saying to you this morning,
“The Lord will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you. They will come at you from one direction, but flee from you in seven.
The Lord will send a blessing on your barns and on everything you put your hand to. The Lord your God will bless you in the land He is giving you.” – Deuteronomy 28:7-8
20 “For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through Him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. 21 Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, 22 set His seal of ownership on us, and put His Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.” – II Corinthians 1:20-22
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