Deuteronomy 4-11 Deut 4-11
5. a. God is—
- the Lord of lords.
- like none other.
- a worker of miracles, signs, and wonders.
- covenant keeper.
- ready, willing, and able to prosper His people.
- mighty to save.
- over all creation.
The fact that the Eternal, All-Powerful God of all creation desires to have a living, breathing, sharing, loving relationship with me, just one of His creations, astounds me. As a result of this fellowship, I receive fullness of joy, long and healthy life, provision, and peace.
b. Special advantages and benefits given to Israel—
- They enjoyed the distinction of being God’s own possession.
- A holy nation called out of another nation to be His chosen nation by trials, by signs, by wonders, by war, by a mighty hand, by an outstretched arm, and by great terrors.
- They saw and heard amazing manifestations of God’s presence.
- God made a special covenant to defend them, care for all their needs, and give them a country with cities, vineyards, and possessions already in place.
- The heading for Deuteronomy 7 in the New Living Translation is The Privilege of Holiness. The passage stresses the importance of destroying idols, Asherah poles, avoiding treaties and marriage with the wicked people of the land.
c. New covenant privileges—
- The penalty for ALL our sins was paid.
- We have direct access to God through Jesus our high priest. Hebrews 4:14
- We have the abiding presence of God through the Holy Spirit. 1 John 3:24
- We are grafted in as joint heirs with Jesus. Romans 8:17
- As disciples of Jesus Christ, we are in right-standing with God. 2 Corinthians 5:21
He walks with me and he talks with me
And he tells me I am his own
And the joy we share as we tarry there
None other has ever known.
He speaks and the sound of his voice is so sweet
The birds hush their singing
And the melody that he gave to me
Within my heart is ringing.
Excerpt from In the Garden
6. Deuteronomy 6—
a. If Israel listened to God and obeyed His commands,
- They would live a long life.
- All will go well with them.
- They will have many children in the land flowing with milk and honey.
- He will continue to bless them and preserve their lives.
b. Moses gave the following instructions about how they should teach their children and grandchildren—
- Repeat God’s commands to them regularly.
- Don’t forget what you have seen. Pass those memories on to your children and grandchildren.
- Talk to them at home, on the road, when they get up, and when they go to bed.
- When they ask you why they have these commands and practices, tell them how—
The Lord did miraculous signs and wonders before our eyes, dealing terrifying blows against Egypt and Pharaoh and all his people.
He brought us out of Egypt so he could give us this land he had sworn to give our ancestors.
And the Lord our God commanded us to obey all these decrees and to fear him so he can continue to bless us and preserve our lives, as he has done to this day.
For we will be counted as righteous when we obey all the commands the Lord our God has given us.
Application in my family—
I wish I had a better understanding of God’s love when I was a child. I thought God was so disappointed with me. I also thought the works of proper behavior justified me.
While raising my sons, I failed to emphasize God’s love, grace, mercy, and desire for fellowship. I must grasp the opportunity to share with my grandchildren.
I have been negligent. The days, weeks, months, and years slip away as the day-to-day chores of meals, spills, homework, laundry, baths, missing shoes, runny noses, fights over toys, and—did I mention laundry?—take precedence.
In thinking about this question, I realize how important it is to tell them about the miracles and answers to prayer I’ve seen in our family.
I’m reading a book that includes a story about a woman who helps people write letters of encouragement to family members. I wish my mother wrote one to me before she died.
Since I’m more of a writer than a talker, I should do this. I think it’s important to begin now. We don’t know how long we have.
7. Deut 8-9—When I am blessed, when I prosper, never take the source for granted.
Every generous act and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights; with Him there is no variation or shadow cast by (His) turning. James 1:17 HCSB
But I say, walk and live [habitually] in the [Holy] Spirit [responsive to and controlled and guided by the Spirit]; then you will certainly not gratify the cravings and desires of the flesh (of human nature without God). Galatians 5:16 AMP
Because we belong to the day, we must live decent lives for all to see. Don’t participate in the darkness of wild parties and drunkenness, or in sexual promiscuity and immoral living, or in quarreling and jealousy. Instead, clothe yourself with the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. And don’t let yourself think about ways to indulge your evil desires. Romans 13:13-14 NLT
Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Doxology
8. Deut 10:12-13—Under the Old Covenant, the Jewish people were required to obey all the commandments given to Moses.
The commandments and statutes God gave were for man’s good. This is the perfect way to live. The only problem was that no one is perfect (Romans 3:10-14 and 23), and therefore, instead of the good promised in the Law for complete obedience (Deuteronomy 28:1-14), the curse came upon mankind (Deuteronomy 28:15-68). So, the Law would have been good if man had been good. But man’s breaking of the Law actually caused death instead of life. Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary.
Therefore, no condemnation now exists for those in Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature.
So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins. He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit. Romans 8:1-4
Thank God for Jesus!
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These are my answers to the study questions, not THE answers.