Monday, October 12, 2015

Deuteronomy

Last week I finished reading the book of Deuteronomy, and now I continue on my goal of reading the Bible cover to cover.  As I read through this book, I found myself not only taking my usual notes as a more academic study, but also jotting down some of my personal thoughts, reflections and questions as well.  This reading the Bible, it's working.  It's causing me to think deeper, rely on Him more, and want to follow him.  I'm looking forward to getting into Joshua next!

  • They grew in numbers, so much Moses needed help to manage, so he appointed other wise and experienced as leaders.
  • Sent spies to the land to review it.  The land was good, but people large. 
  • They feared & wouldn't enter, so God was angry they didn't rust him to provide the way.  They don't get to enter; only their children who were young and didn't know right from wrong will enter with Caleb.
  • They continued to travel, following God's directions through the land.
  • God gave them the power to defeat areas and people killing all, saving livestock and valuables for themselves.
  • The land is divided among tribes.
  • "Do not be afraid of them, because the Lord your God will fight for you."
  • Moses could see the land, but not enter it.
  • Joshua was to take them to the promised land.
  • Remember & obey the 10 commandments.
  • Three cities of safety were selected.  This is where you go if you accidentally kill someone. 
  • Remember these rules, teach them, obey them for God has given you a great land with many benefits.
  • Love the Lord.
  • God will provide for his people; they will defeat those in their land now and must obey his commandments. 
  • Remember to obey the Lord in the land of plenty; we cannot live on bread alone.
  • God corrects as a parent does a child.
  • God goes before you into the land/battle not because you are good, but because of His promise.
  • Remember all the times the people made God angry and Moses prayed for you to save you.
  • Remember.
  • Moses goes and gets new stone tables.
  • Do what the Lord wants you to do; don't be stubborn.
  • Help orphans, widows & foreigners.
  • Love the Lord, Obey his commands.
  • Remember your children didn't see everything God did to remove you from Egypt.
  • Obey God's commands & He will provide for you through your land.
  • Remember God's word; teach your children.
  • Choose a blessing or curse depending on ability to follow God's commands.
  • God commanded the prior occupants of the land worship and ritual items must be destroyed. 
  • God will guide you to a place of worship in the land & guide on offerings & eating of the meat.
  • God will test us with people to lead our worship away; they are to be killed.
  • Punishment for sin is DEATH!
  • Destroy cities who worship others, burn them & everything in it as a burnt offering.
  • Rules for eating: can't eat something already dead but can give it to a foreigner to eat.
  • Give 1/10th of your crop.
  • 7th year cancels all debt.
  • There will always be poor, give freely.
  • Let slaves go after 6 years & give to them.
  • First born male animals are for God.
  • God chooses the place he is to be worksheet.
  • Directions of how to celebrate the Passover, Feast of Weeks, Feast of Shelters,.
  • Appoint judges in the land to rule fairly and not be bribed. 
  • Idols will not be tolerated, those found worshipping idols with 2-3 witnesses are to be stoned to death.
  • Difficult cases to the judge should be taken to the priests/Levites then their orders followed exactly. 
  • Appoint a King of God's choosing: must be an Israelite, not too many horses, not go to Egypt for more, not many wives, not too much silver or gold and must keep scrolls, read daily and follow commands. 
  • Israelites will provide shares for Priests/Levites because they have no land of their own; only God.
  • Don't fall to foreigners ways.
  • God hates mediums, magic & witchcraft.
  • List to the prophets.
  • Family of murder victim has a duty to punish the murderer.
  • Establish 3 cities of safety in the middle of the land.  Those who by accident kill are safe there.
  • Snow no mercy, remove the guilt of murder.
  • Do not move the stone that marks the land.
  • Must have 2-3 witnesses to accuse someone.
  • Show no mercy, an eye for an eye.
  • The Lord goes before you into battle.
  • Must remove everything from the cities you take over.
  • Officers talk to army and decide who may go home.
  • Do not destroy fruit trees; they are your enemy, but food.
  • Town nearest a murdered person takes and gives blessing.
  • When over taking a city you may take a captive woman as a wife.
  • Everything goes tot he oldest son; even if Dad doesn't like son's mom.  This son proved he could be a father.
  • Sons refusing to obey should be taken to the older leaders and stoned.
  • When punishment/consequences are carried out, other would hear about and feat the Lord.
  • When sin is punished by death, the body is hung from a tree for the day to be seen.
  • Hold on to the items lose & care for them until they're returned.
  • Help others.
  • Wear only your gender's clothes.
  • Laws about house building, planting, plowing & clothes.
  • Get rid of evil from Israel.
  • Marriage laws defined including adultery, divorce, etc.
  • Who may come before the Lord.
  • How to keep camp clean, what to do with poop/dung.
  • Do not mistreat escaped slaves.
  • No prostitution & no money from it.
  • Don't collect interest on loans to fellow Israelites, only foreigners. 
  • Keep your promises.
  • Divorce & marriage laws.
  • Kill kidnappers.
  • Lap repayment & collection laws.
  • Pay your servants.
  • To each their own sin only.
  • Leave grain/food for foreigners, orphans and widows in the field.  Pick only once for you.
  • If no sons, widows marry brother-in-laws.
  • Give the first of the harvest to the Lord.
  • These of this book: obey, keep the commands.
  • Write the laws on stone before entering the land.
  • Curse on the land.
  • Obey & you will be blessed.
  • Disobedience = curses
  • Keep the agreement with God.
  • The Israelites will return back after they've left.  God will show mercy & bring them back again.
  • Choose life; you can do it!  Love & obey!
  • Joshua becomes leader in place of aging Moses who can't enter the promised land.
  • Moses write the teachings to be read to the people every 7 years.
  • Joshua - be strong & brave; God goes with you.
  • Moses song - Tells the Israelites story & power of God.
  • Moses told to climb a mountain, look at Canaan & there he will die.
  • Moses gave the Israelites by tribe a blessing before he died. 
  • Moses died so he couldn't enter the promised land as God said. He was still strong.
  • The Israelites mourned Moses for 30 days.
  • Joshua was filled with wisdom to lead.
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