Am I loving reading through Deuteronomy! The thing that is striking me differently is the emphasis on repetitiveness. Moses says the same thing over and over. When he was preaching this he must have been doing it ‘no note style’ and forget what he said earlier and said it again. I was captured today with the following:
1. The number of times he tells us to teach our children, do not forget, to be carful to observe the all the commands, to love the LORD your God, reminders that the LORD brought them out of Egypt, and that He was delivering them in to promised land.
2. The use of the word ‘awesome’ six times in Deut.
3. 10:14-22 should be a song, it is sooo great. It needs to be composed so that we sing it over and over and over again to get it imbedded in our spirits. 17- ” For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, …” 22- “He is your praise; he is your God, who performed for you those great and awesome wonders you saw with your own eyes.”
4. I love the list in chapter 11 they saw. His majesty, his mighty hand, outstretched arm, signs he performed, things he did in the heart of Egypt, what he did to the Egyptian army, how he overwhelmed.
5. Anyone have any idea why the blessings were proclaimed on Mount Gerizim and the curses on Mount Ebal?
6. I wonder how many sons would be rebellious today if all the men of his town could stone them to death for disobeying? Good deterrent?
7. I love the way Father wants us to honor each other and provide equity in situations. He is always looking to have folks respect each other and to look out for the dignity in folks. Good lessons.
Lastly, I have a friend who I went to seminary with who is now the worship leader at Cherry Creek Pres. in Denver. He has a blog I check regularly. I found an entry recently dated Jan 5th. regarding fasting, prayer, and worship. I read through it and was so encouraged. Note particularly the five bullet points at the end of the blog entry. I love how the body of Christ is sharing in these experiences together. Churches of all flavors and styles loving Jesus, desiring to be more hungry for Him, and wanting breakthroughs of all types. If you get an opportunity, here is the link to the blog entry, give it a gander and a few moments. I hope you are as blessed as I was.
Have a great weekend! Keep an even keel. See you Sunday. Come prepared to worship and glorify our King! Pastor Mark.