[bible1year] Devotional comments on Deuteronomy 4-6

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From: glen_stewart@...
Date: 22 Feb 2017 12:35:09 -0000
        Moses had reminded the people of God's guidance 
in chapters 1-3. It had taken the people forty years to 
get to the Plains of Moab, yet chapter 1:2 states that 
it was only an eleven day journey. This is the tragedy 
of unbelief. It wastes time, energy, and manpower, and 
it robs God of the glory due His precious name.

        In chapters 4 and 5 Moses reminds the people of 
God's glory and greatness. In this section, Moses takes 
the nation back to Sinai where God's glory and greatness 
were revealed, and where the nation trembled at God's 
law. They were in danger of forgetting the glory and 
greatness of God.

        Moses points out three dangers that can also be 
applies to our lives today. First, he warns them against 
forgetting God's Word. If they obeyed His Word, He would 
bless them and they would possess the land. However, if 
they changed His Word, or disobeyed it, He would chasten 
them and they would lose their land. When God's Word 
becomes commonplace to the Christian, and he no longer 
respects it, he is headed for serious trouble.

        Moses also tells the people to take heed against 
turning to idols. He reminds them that God had proved 
Himself greater than all the gods of Egypt. If they 
turned from God to idols, they would be chastised again.

        In chapter 5 Moses warns the people against 
neglecting the law. He repeats the Ten Commandments, the 
basis for God's moral law. In fact, the remainder of 
Deuteronomy is actually an amplification and application 
of these commandments. Israel was to hear, learn, keep, 
and do these laws, for in obeying the law they would be 
honoring God and opening the way for victory and 
blessing.

        Finally, in chapter 6, Moses reminds the people 
of God's goodness. Verses 10-12 illustrate a basic 
weakness of human nature--we take God's blessings for 
granted. How prone we are, as were the children of 
Israel, to think that our wisdom and strength have 
gotten us where we are today. Satan would puff us up and 
have us believe we are something within our own 
strength.

        God's warning against such temptation is found 
in I Corinthians 10:12: "Wherefore let him that thinketh 
he standeth take heed lest he fall." Never let Satan get 
you to the place where you are depending on self-
ingenuity, self-will, and self-motivation to carry you 
through this wicked life. Only through daily prayer, 
Bible reading, and total dependence upon God can any 
Christian anywhere be successful for God.