Daily Devotional Week 23 Day 6 OT (chronological) Friday (Joshua 13 – 21)

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Week 23 Day 6

OT (chronological)

Friday (Joshua 13 – 21)

The Lord Speaks to Joshua, Tribal Lands, Israel Designates Cities of Refuge, Levitical Cities

The Lord God spoke to Jere and Cy, reminding them that the entirety of Hopetown had not yet been freed of pockets of spiritual darkness.

As the Townies increasingly occupied all of Hopetown they failed to completely cast out the demons, nor did they isolate from the elderly gang-residents, thus some of their situational ethics and superstitions began to influence their thinking.

There were also problems with conflict among the younger children, the gang-elderly questioning the way the Townies handled the education of their grandchildren, and the distribution of resources.

Joshua, at God’s prompting, drew a distinction between “subduing” and “occupying” the promised land – Jere and Cy tried to teach the same.

When have you been on your way to victory with God yet were dissuaded or distracted and failed to complete the task? What were the negative consequences?

When have you had the opportunity to benefit from an opportunity and not followed through?

Dear Lord, You brought Your people into the promised land just as you said You would. May I trust in Your every promise to me. May I remember that You provide but I am responsible to do all that I am instructed to do – completely – or else live with the consequences. When You assign a task to Your people You expect it to be done thoroughly and not incompletely – may You find me faithful in completing what You assign to me. You told Moses what You expected of the Israelites, in Your New Testament – Your New Covenant – You have also told us what You expect of us. May I study and strive to be obedient to Your expectations of me as a Christian. Amen. dmc2015

Daily Devotional Week 23 Day 5 OT (chronological) Thursday (Joshua 10 – 12)

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Week 23 Day 5

OT (chronological)

Thursday (Joshua 10 – 12)

Israel’s Victories

The criminal lifestyle of the gangs, who had illegally inhabited the development (which had since been renamed “Hopetown” by the Townies), served as an open spiritual invitation to the enemy to embed hordes of legions of demons – and he had.

The early signs of spiritual trouble manifested then multiplied – Jere and Cy were contacted by many of the first wave of Townies (who had taken the development from the gangs and claimed it as Hopetown) – because they were experiencing horrific and terrifying dreams.

They gathered and prayed and then Jere and Cy reminded them of the Biblical teaching about spiritual warfare; that they were children of God with His authority, that the demons had to depart if ordered to do so, and that they should not engage the demons beyond ordering them to depart.

The Townies followed their instructions and when they instructed the demons, from confidence in their faith in the Lord, the demons departed.

As more Townies moved into Hopetown, to care for the functionally-abandoned babies and children of the gangs, there was one wave after another of spiritual attack and of spiritual warfare.

As before, in each case, when the Townies spoke confidently (in their faith) to the demons they departed.

Dear Lord, no person or nation nor even every nation on earth, as well as nothing above or below, can stand against You, or against those whom You send. When I feel powerless may I remember that You are my power when I stand with You. Amen. dmc2015

Daily Devotional Week 23 Day 4 OT (chronological) Wednesday (Joshua 9)

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Week 23 Day 4

OT (chronological)

Wednesday (Joshua 9)

The Gibeonites Deceive Israel

Cy was approached by a small group of the elderly men and women from the gang who said “You are like us, a parent, grandparent, and great-grandparent, so we believe that you will understand.”

They reminded him that the children no longer had mothers or fathers, that they had been trying to feed the infants using bottles but that they really should be nursed, and they lacked the energy to properly care for the rest of the children. There was also a need to educate the children.

Cy responded from his sympathetic feelings and assured them that the Townies would meet the needs of the children until the host government provided alternative resources. When the others heard what he had done they were not happy.

Jere challenged Cy for making such a commitment without consulting him, the elders, and the host government – and for not even stopping long enough to seek the Lord’s wisdom. She reminded him that once the Townies were seen meeting those needs the host government would feel no pressure to act quickly – leaving the burden upon them. She also reminded him that once the women among the Townies had nursed the babies, and the community had cared for and begun educating the children (alongside their own), emotional bonds would be created that would be excruciatingly difficult to break.

The Townies kept Cy’s commitment and mobilized to keep his promises.

The elderly adults from the gang community were in a no-win situation, had they not manipulated Cy they faced exhausting child care, delayed education for the young, and the scattering of the children through the foster care system of the country. On the other side risked an end to their cultural identity – as the children were immersed in the Townies’ culture, the government could now take them away without harming the children, and could now face immediate (rather than delayed) prosecution for their part in the gang activities.

Dear Lord, You are always there for us, may I always remember to pray without-ceasing so that I may have the inestimable value of Your perfect wisdom in all decisions. Please show me a specific situation where I need to slow down and consult You before making a commitment. Amen. dmc2015

Daily Devotional Week 23 Day 3 OT (chronological) Tuesday (Joshua 7 – 8)

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Week 23 Day 3

OT (chronological)

Tuesday (Joshua 7 – 8)

Achan Sins and is Punished, Israel Conquers Ai, Covenant Renewal

The rest of the people did not immediately enter the development, which they had nicknamed “Hopetown”, because the status of the gang-associated children, elderly men and women, and all of the gang resources needed to be resolved – in coordination with the host government.

The opportunity to take the development peacefully had come so suddenly that the host government was barely able to handle all of those it had captured – they were not at all ready for the children and the elderly.

Jere and Cy offered to delay the people (who had taken the nickname “Townies”) moving into Hopetown until suitable arrangements could be made.

All seemed well with the taking of the development until some of the Townies turned their sights on the storage buildings. A rumor had spread which said that the gang had stored gold, weapons, alcohol, and other valuables there. Without asking anyone in leadership, or the host government, for permission they smashed the locks, threw open the doors, and a series of explosions injured and killed several of them – the buildings had been booby-trapped.

Jere and Cy rushed to the scene, prayed for the injured, and demanded to know who had organized the deadly raid. It turned out that the impetuous self-appointed leaders had been killed in the explosions.

The host government sent a bomb squad to search the buildings and remove the remaining defenses, of which there remained several, then they said that following an inventory – and the removal of evidence and prohibited materials – the Townies could do as they wished with the rest.

Jere and Cy called for the Townies in Hopetown, and those still waiting at the campground, to join in a time of prayer – asking God to remove their temptation to ignore leadership and for patience as some remaining challenges were resolved.

Dear Lord, You are holy and Your commands are to always be obeyed both to the intent and to the letter if mankind wishes to receive the blessings for obedience – with which they are associated. May I be intentional in following Your instructions carefully, turning neither to the left or to the right, honoring the authority of leaders, pausing to discover Your will – as it may often differ from mine. Amen. dmc2015

Daily Devotional Week 23 Day 2 OT (chronological) Monday (Joshua 5 – 6)

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Week 23 Day 2

OT (chronological)

Monday (Joshua 5 – 6)

A New Generation is Circumcised, Israel Conquers Jericho

Jere and Cy called upon the elders to fast and pray for 48 of the 72 hours prior to the planned entrance to the development – Cy joined them as he would not be physically leading the event.

What Reye had disclosed to them is that all of the males, 11 years of age or older, who were currently occupying the development – would be away for 2-3 days – beginning a little over 72 hours from the moment that she initially spoke with them on the mountain.

The occasion was a time of testing and training for all of the males and females aged 11-70 years old. The development was left to the elderly men and women to manage. The gang leaders were sure that no one knew they were there, and even if they did, no one would dare to challenge them.

When the time came hundreds of healthy young men and women, from among the people, walked into the development from every direction – disarmed the few elderly men and women who were armed – and seized control.

Reye led a small advance team to cut all outgoing communications, jamming cellphones and other portable radios, disabling internet and wired telephones – so that no one could alert the others.

Government agencies set a trap for the returning gang members, who were exhausted from their testing and training, and easily captured them.

The people gathered and celebrated God’s provision and protection.

Dear Lord, You are the power and we are Your tools, what You say will be will be. May Joshua be one of my Biblical role models for faithful service to You. Today I will prayerfully seek an opportunity to be the Lord’s instrument as He reveals Himself through a miracle, it may be Him leading me victory over a sin, Him using me to walk alongside another in such a victory, the salvation of one or more, the restoration of a prodigal, a prayer-agent in healing, or whatever else He may choose. Amen. dmc2015

Daily Devotional Week 23 Day 1 OT (chronological) Sunday (Joshua 1 – 4)

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Week 23 Day 1

OT (chronological)

Sunday (Joshua 1 – 4)

The Lord Commissions Joshua, Joshua Prepares for the Invasion, Joshua Sends Spies into the Land, Israel Crosses the Jordan, Israel Commemorates the Crossing

With Mikal and Saree gone the young Jere and the elder Cy spoke with the representatives of the host government to learn how and when they would go about entering the development.

They also found a quiet place to pray – and there the Lord encouraged them to be bold and fearless, because He would be with them; indeed, He had already gone on ahead and prepared the way – but He reminded them that everything was conditioned upon their faithfulness

While praying in the mountains they received a call from government operatives informing them that a young female from the development was headed their way – and asking if they wanted her intercepted – they said no.

The young woman identified herself as Reye, said that she had been kidnapped by the drug gangs and locked in the radio shop because she was able to repair and program their communications gear and monitor government activities. She said she’d escaped by overloading the digital lock while everyone was sleeping.

Jere knew enough about technology to verify her story as accurate – so they trusted her.

Reye said that she would tell them when they could enter the development without conflict – if they promised to allow her to stay with them. She said the gang had killed the only family she had.

Jere and Cy gave the people three days notice to prepare to enter the development.

Jere and Cy inherited leadership of the same stiff-necked people as had troubled Mikal and Saree for so long, they would be praying a lot in the days, months, and years ahead.

Dear Lord, You are our strength, You are our truth, You are our power, and You are our wisdom. May I dwell upon Your glory and love, learn, remember and share Your Word, and follow you all of my days. You go on ahead and prepare the way, may I obey You with confidence. You make a way for us where there seems no way. May I trust You always. Amen. dmc2015

Daily Devotional Week 22 Day 7 OT (chronological) Saturday (Deuteronomy 33 – 34, Psalm 91)

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Week 22 Day 7

OT (chronological)

Saturday (Deuteronomy 33 – 34, Psalm 91)

Blessings of Moses, The Death of Moses

Mikal and Saree, just prior to leaving, reviewed for the people the many blessings that the Lord God had promised and delivered to them along their journey – and His grace despite their many acts of disbelief and rebellion.

They quoted Moses when he intentionally used the title “Jeshurun”, which the NET translators define as meaning “be upright” – so that there was a clear understanding that God’s blessings were for an obedient people.

Psalm 91, the song of praise by Moses, reflects the nature of his intimate relationship with the Lord God and the love and reverence that flowed from it – it is still encouraging today.

When have you been commissioned to lead others in the fulfillment of a mission, to which they had agreed, and in which they found a lot of shared-value?

Dear Lord, You are a faithful and loving God across the generations. May I praise Your name and trust You always. Amen. dmc2015

Daily Devotional Week 22 Day 6 OT (chronological) Friday (Deuteronomy 31 – 32)

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Week 22 Day 6

OT (chronological)

Friday (Deuteronomy 31 – 32)

Succession of Moses by Joshua, Warnings

Mikal and Saree reminded the people that they would not be traveling into the development with them but that the two God had anointed and they had appointed would lead them in that next phase of their history.

They reminded them of what God had done to remove perils from their path as they encouraged them to not fear those who stood in their way.

They, at the Lord God’s leading, called the young and old leader together where they were formally commissioned as the new leaders.

They reminded them of God’s forgiveness and grace and mercy, His desire to reconcile and restore, and His intent to provide for His faithful people.

They reminded the people to teach the story to the children so that none would forget.

God did not simply ask the Israelites, the people in our story, or us to trust Him based on promises but to remember His past faithfulness and then to trust in His future promises. The Lord God reminds His people that when they draw near to Him they are blessed and when they move away from Him they suffer.

When have you told someone that even if they make wrong choices you would still love them and that you would still come to the line of reconciliation?

Dear Lord, You know our hearts, and so You know the foolish rebellion that resides within. May I not be so foolish as to imagine that I can hide anything from You but to instead live in Your truth. You have been so patient with Your people, then and now. You forgive and reconcile and restore, but that does not remove the scars of our rebellion. May I not stray far from You. Amen. dmc2015

Daily Devotional Week 22 Day 5 OT (chronological) Thursday (Deuteronomy 28:15 – 30)

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Week 22 Day 5

OT (chronological)

Thursday (Deuteronomy 28:15 – 30)

Curses and Review

Mikal and Saree told the people that just as God had not yet given the Israelites “… an understanding mind, perceptive eyes, or discerning ears”, because their rebellious natures made them unsuitable vessels, those gifts would evade them for the same reasons – unless they made wise and faithful choices.

They said that it was also the same for them as the Lord God had communicated to the Israelites – they were without excuse; not able to claim that the expectations of them were hidden in Heaven or across the sea, but that they had full knowledge of His expectations “What I am commanding you today is to love the Lord your God, to walk in his ways, and to obey his commandments, his statutes, and his ordinances.”

The choices of each member of the nation of Israel had an impact upon the others – so do ours. The Lord God warned them that their future depended upon their future choices – it is also so with us.

Dear Lord, You bless us as much as we damaged vessels may hold and You hold us accountable for our choices. May I seek Your healing from my imperfect faith so that this vessel may be useful to You for the pouring of Yourself in and through me to others. You know that we are often foolish and chronically-rebellious. Please reveal to me a place in my life where my poor choices are having a negative effect on my family, my friends, and/or my fellowship. . May Your Holy Spirit find me teachable so that I may learn to live by Your wisdom and follow Your path for my life. Amen. dmc2015

Daily Devotional Week 22 Day 4 OT (chronological) Wednesday (Deuteronomy 26 – 28:14)

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Week 22 Day 4

OT (chronological)

Wednesday (Deuteronomy 26 – 28:14)

Presentation of the First Fruits and Third-year Tithe, The Covenant Curses and Blessings

Mikal and Saree shared Moses’ review of the history of the Exodus, the importance of surrendering the first-fruits in recognition that everything-good was a gift from God, and the need to be faithful in order to receive continued blessings.

Moses instructed the Levites to call out the covenant curses for disobedience and for the people to echo them.

The Lord God had Moses remind the people of all of His covenant promises to bless them.

He concluded the recitation of blessings with the conditional “… if you obey his commandments which I am urging you today to be careful to do. But you must not turn away from all the commandments I am giving you today, to either the right or left, nor pursue other gods and worship them.”

He then followed the list of blessings, and the condition of obedience to continue to receive them, with the corollary reverse-blessing list of curses which would befall them should they choose to violate their covenant with God.

The desire of God to bless His created humankind has not ceased since the Garden of Eden, neither has our propensity to rebel.

When have you known that the consequences of two choices represented radically opposite good versus bad experiences for you and you still chose to risk the bad?

Dear Lord, You remind us of Your blessings and our responsibilities in our covenant relationship with You – in the Old Testament, and then in the New Testament/new covenant. May I never forget what You have done for me and may I live more intentionally-obedient before You every day. You never keep us in the dark about the consequences of our choices. May I pause and pray and reconsider, as Your Holy Spirit guides, before making decisions for which consequences I may in any way be in doubt. Amen. dmc2015

Daily Devotional Week 22 Day 3 OT (chronological) Tuesday (Deuteronomy 23 – 25)

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Week 22 Day 3

OT (chronological)

Tuesday (Deuteronomy 23 – 25)

Purity, Respect, Dignity

Mikal and Saree reviewed some examples of purity, respect, and dignity from the teaching of God through Moses.

Money from forbidden sinful activities was never to be brought into the tabernacle.

Israelites were not allowed to charge one-another interest on a loan, if an financial oath (promise) was made it had to be kept – to avoid sin.

Because a millstone was necessary to grind grain for food they were not allowed to be taken as security on a loan.

If a poor Israelite used a warm outer garment as security for a loan the garment was to be returned each night so that they’d be warm.

A poor person was to be paid on time as they were dependent on the money to survive.

Each Israelite was to receive punishment for their own crime/sin; a father was not to be punished for the sin of the son nor the son for his father.

Since they were once slaves they were to treat resident foreigners and orphans with justice the same as an Israelite.

One was permitted to eat of a neighbor’s grain or grapes while passing through his property, but one was not allowed to fill a container or use a tool to harvest. So that a poor resident foreigner, a widow, or an orphan might have something to eat – when harvesting crops and vineyards one was to allow a little to remain for them to harvest (gleaning) to survive.

The use of dishonest weights and measures in the marketplace to cheat customers was forbidden.

While other peoples worshiped false pagan gods who emphasized greed and power the Lord God attended to the details of caring, integrity, and justice. Ethical treatment of Israelites in the legal system, marketplace, and relationships reflected their unique standing as the people of God.

God’s principle of gleaning is what allowed the non-Israelite resident-foreigner, and widow, Ruth to feed herself and her widowed Israelite mother-in-law Naomi. It would later lead to Ruth meeting and marrying Boaz.

Dear Lord, You have consistently called upon us to walk before you in integrity and to treat one another with honor. May I intentionally pursue integrity in my life and treat fellow Believers with honor. Please reveal to me an opportunity to pour caring and respect into the life of a fellow Believer. Amen. dmc2015

Daily Devotional Week 22 Day 2 OT (chronological) Monday (Deuteronomy 20 – 22)

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Week 22 Day 2

OT (chronological)

Monday (Deuteronomy 20 – 22)

Laws, Regulations, Practical Guidance, Grace, and Warnings

Mikal and Saree, like Moses, reminded the people to not fear the difficult challenges ahead.

The Lord God set the standard for a successful civilization, one that was healthy, and one that was sustainable. He instructed His people to care about the well-being of one another and to be helpful and ethical in all of their dealings.

He reminded the people to avoid any involvement with the local pagan religions. He also warned against the socially-disruptive impact of confusion about gender identity, careless intimate relationships, and unpredictable social roles.

Some regulations included illustrations of purity; they were not to mix wool and linen – this was an unethical way to make material less expensively, wool and linen hold and release moisture differently. Wool might feel dry whle still damp – possibly leading to misjudging the dry-feeling wool (which was actually still moist) as meaning that the whole mixed-material cloth was truly dry – leading to the early rotting of the linen and health-threatening mold and mildew.

The Israelites were not to mix types of grape seed together as they would cross-pollinate and change the nature of the grapes, and they were not to put an ox and donkey together in harness, as the ox would drag the donkey around – until it injured or killed it.

Disobedience in the matter of religious practices or of a child was taken very seriously to protect the health of the whole community.

There was an unmistakable consistency to His teaching about balance and of intentional-integrity in all things.

Dear Lord, It was a primitive time in history yet just as You were providing strong orders for conquest and tough regulations to preserve civilization, You also injected grace. May I remember to be a person of grace when I exert authority. You call upon us to be caring and ethical participants in the community of faith-in-You, You said so for the ancient Israelites, and You have said so for Christians. Please show me an opportunity to allow You to pour Your grace through me into the life of someone who is having a difficult time. Please also show me an opportunity to notice a fellow Believer in need and to meet that need – as You have provided the resources. Amen. dmc2015

Daily Devotional Week 21 Day 1 OT (chronological) Sunday (Deuteronomy 17 – 19)

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Week 21 Day 1

OT (chronological)

Sunday (Deuteronomy 17 – 19)

Sacrificial Regulations, Justice, Kings, Provision for Priests and Levites, Prophets,

Mikal and Saree continued their teaching – the Lord God provided for a system of justice, one that was to be free of bribery and/or favoritism, and for the right of appeal to a higher court from among the Levitical priests.

If the Israelites should insist upon a king like the nations around them, God must choose that king; however, that king was not to enrich himself nor marry multiple wives else he would turn away from God and the people.

The Israelites were reminded to provide for the Levites as they surrendered all for the service of the priesthood for the rest of Israel.

The Lord God condemned all forms of witchcraft; divination, omen reading, soothsaying, sorcery, casting spells, conjuring up spirits, practitioners of the occult, or necromancy (trying to speak with the dead).

Moses communicated God’s intention to raise up another prophet, like himself, to guide them as to the instructions of the Lord God, and that God would punish those who disrespected or disobeyed the prophet.

The principle of an eye for an eye was also reaffirmed as a reference-point for proportional punishment for a crime.

God’s warning later was realized as Saul, David, and Solomon – the first kings of Israel – all violated God’s limitations on kings and all of them harmed Israel as a result.

Once there was the Law it required a judge for right-application. Moses informed the people that his authority was being passed on and that they must respect the new judge.

Dear Lord, You are a holy God and anything associated with the enemy is an offense to You. May I never compromise with witchcraft or anything like it. May I also be found respectful of Biblically-faithful authority in matters of faith and honorable before secular authorities as well. Amen. dmc2015

Daily Devotional Week 21 Day 7 OT (chronological) Saturday (Deuteronomy 15 – 16)

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Week 21 Day 7

OT (chronological)

Saturday (Deuteronomy 15 – 16)

More Instructions, Temporary Pre-Messiah Festivals

Mikal and Saree reminded the people that they were to deal with one-another as brothers and sisters rather than as objects manipulated only for profit.

They reflected on God’s teaching through Moses that every seven years creditors were to cancel all debts owed to fellow Israelites. If the people were faithful then there would be no poor – as God would be blessing them.

There was a wise requirement that those who had debts must keep current on their payments, in this way someone could not incur a debt and fail to pay for seven years, only to then expect to be released from the obligation – without out any prior effort to repay.

Foreigners were not included in the seven-year debt cancellation, this was only for God’s family of Israelites.

The Lord God provided for a system of justice, one that was to be free of bribery and/or favoritism, and for the right of appeal to a higher court from among the Levitical priests.

When have you assisted or been assisted by a fellow Believer who had no expectation that you could ever repay them?

Dear Lord, You anticipate our foolishness and provide ways that we may assist one-another. May I listen for Your invitation to be Your conduit of blessing to fellow Believers. My assistance may not be directly financial but rather to fix something, provide transportation, spend time in encouragement, pray, give food, offer child care, or some other need-meeting sacrifice of my time and/or physical resources. Amen dmc2015

Daily Devotional Week 21 Day 6 OT (chronological) Friday (Deuteronomy 13 – 14)

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Week 21 Day 6

OT (chronological)

Friday (Deuteronomy 13 – 14)

Prophets, Idolatry, Holy and Profane

Mikal and Saree amplified their warning about false prophets. They echoed God through Moses – that anyone promoting teaching that disagreed with the Bible should be shunned (in ancient times false prophets were to be killed). A false prophet is an emissary of Satan.

Idolatry of any person, object, money, power, or other thing other than God was to be challenged as undermining the integrity of the community. The goal was to disciple those who had drifted so that they understood their error, learned the truth, and could be restored as a trusted member of the community.

Some things are holy and others are profane. Based on the new testament teaching all things must be tested.

When have you experienced or observed the impact of a false prophet or teacher in a fellowship? What was the result?

If a false teacher is not repentant then we are to communicate their refusal to repent to the appropriate theological authorities (denominational or associational leaders). If they are either not under authority, or their authority shares their false message, then we are to respectfully communicate the falsehood to Believers and also to those considering-Christ, via whatever means are available.

Dear Lord, Protecting Your sovereign truth among Your people was always a high priority. Please reveal to me a promoter of false teaching; it may be someone in my fellowship, at work, in school, on the Internet, on the radio, or on the television. I will attempt to respectfully communicate the Biblical alternative to the falsehoods, which the Holy Spirit (and the Word) reveals to me, to the false teacher. May I be vigilant in my life, and my fellowships, in resisting false teaching. Amen. dmc2015

Daily Devotional Week 21 Day 5 OT (chronological) Thursday (Deuteronomy 11 – 12)

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Week 21 Day 5

OT (chronological)

Thursday (Deuteronomy 11 – 12)

Reiteration of the Call to Obedience, Further Instructions Prior to Entering the Promised Land

Mikal and Saree instructed the people that as they entered the development they were to implement a clear set of community standards that centered on what God’s Word taught about the fruits of the Spirit, caring, justice, and sharing.

They were reminded again to avoid the pagan false gods and to not try to mix the way they worship the Lord God with the way the pagans worshiped their false gods (the technical term is “syncretism”). They were reminded again to not alter any of God’s teaching; to neither add to or subtract from it.

Do you see the continuum of God’s Word here? From the description of an Eden-like land, to the law of blessing vs curse, to the symbolism of life in blood (Jesus on the Cross), and to the warning to not alter the meaning of His Word in any way (Rev. 22:18-19)?

When have you found yourself teaching those who are younger in age, or ‘younger’ in their Christian walk, about things that you learned and/or experienced from the past – information which you paired with knowledge so that they would have the wisdom to walk rightly before the Lord God?

Dear Lord, You chose to bless Israel, just as You choose to bless us today. May I be both grateful and faithful to You. Please show me a place in my walk where I have an incomplete or incorrect understanding of something in Your Word. Amen. dmc2015

Daily Devotional Week 21 Day 4 OT (chronological) Wednesday (Deuteronomy 7 – 10)

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Week 21 Day 4

OT (chronological)

Wednesday (Deuteronomy 7 – 10)

The Basis of Israel’s Election, Reminders, Second Chances

Just as Moses reminded the Israelites that the Lord God had kept them humble, by meeting their need for food via the manna, Mikal and Saree reminded the people that He had done the same with them.

They quoted Jesus that we do not live by bread alone but by every Word of God’s teaching. (Mat. 4:4)

They explained to them that it was the evil of the current occupants that caused them to be driven out of the development, as much as their illegal occupation, and that despite their violent criminal nature it would be accomplished.

Just as God, through Moses, had humbled the Israelites – by informing them that it was not their righteousness that earned them access to the Promised Land; indeed, it was despite their persistent rebellion and stubbornness – the same was true for them.

They reminded the people that their obligation to God was reverence, obedience, love, and service. They challenged them to cleanse their hearts of the idolatry of tradition, and of the things of the world, and to cease from resisting God – as He sought to be at the center of their lives.

When God says to have no fear we may be certain that we have nothing to fear. God allowed the pagan peoples to occupy and work the promised land in order to prepare it for His people – He never intended for them to remain there. As worshipers of false gods, facades for the enemy, they were implacable enemies of the Lord God.

When have you found yourself drifting away from God because you immersed yourself in too much of the world? When have you discovered God’s faithfulness despite your lack of faith and your disobedience? When have you discovered that you have fallen into a religious practice but that your relationship with God was not growing there?

Dear Lord, Your power and Your holiness go together. May I never forget that You are a holy God. You provide for us in ways we rarely recognize. May I be ever-humble before You because I stand only in Your strength and I advance only in Your power. Everything belongs to You and yet You choose to pour Your love into us. May I remember that Your gift deserves the loving obedience of a grateful recipient. Please show me one place or thing or perhaps person(s) that I need to remove from my life because it or they are drawing me away from You, where I may need to be more humble before You, and a place in my walk where I need to make a more intentional effort to allow You to have Lordship – where I am currently resisting You. Amen. dmc2015

Daily Devotional Week 21 Day 3 OT (chronological) Tuesday (Deuteronomy 6)

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Week 21 Day 3

OT (chronological)

Tuesday (Deuteronomy 6)

Exhortation to Keep the Covenant Principles

Mikal and Saree reminded the people that just as the “the land of milk and honey” of the Promised Land would only have been a lasting blessing if they learned and obeyed God’s commands – so also would be the case for the development.

They were expected to teach the children and that they make every effort to keep God’s teaching before themselves – literally posting it around their home and reciting it constantly – so that it was central to their lives.

They were to worship and obey the Lord God only – and they reminded them of the past consequences of their disobedience to God and His appointed leaders.

They were to remember their review of God’s miracle of escape from their former homes, of His provision, and of His protection – so that they might teach their children.

God’s blessing is conditional; it is based upon obedience.

With all that was ahead of tthem, awaiting entry into the development, living in tents then settling-into permanent homes, how challenging must the instruction to keep God’s Word constantly before them have been? Adults teaching the children would also help them to keep the Word in front of themselves.

When have you observed that God’s blessings flow more readily to you, and through you to others, when you have been obedient versus disobedient?

The children were to be well-instructed as to God’s words, deeds, expectations, and promises.

Dear Lord, You teach us the what, the why, and the how of life. May I accept the gift of understanding so that Your wisdom will guide my life. I will adjust my priorities and resources to be certain that I am both keeping God’s Word before myself and I am helping to teach it to children, and to new “like a child” Believers, and to humble “like a child” older Believers alike. Amen. dmc2015

Daily Devotional Week 21 Day 2 OT (chronological) Monday (Deuteronomy 5)

Daily Devotional

Week 21 Day 2

OT (chronological)

Monday (Deuteronomy 5)

The Opening Exhortation, The Narrative of the Sinai Revelation and Israel’s Response

Mikal and Saree reminded the people that their salvation was not from the host government but from God.

They reminded them that they were expected to learn and obey His Word.

They reminded them that the Lord God desired to bless them and that their responsibility to continue in His blessings was to obey.

They reminded them that their relationship with the host government was secondary to their relationship with God – but if they lived honorably before Him they would be seen as good citizens and would be respected and protected in the secular realm as well.

With knowledge of God’s expectations comes the responsibility to obey.

When have you know the right thing to do but chosen to do otherwise?

Dear Lord, You initiate a covenant with each Believer and ask us to respond in faithful trust and obedience. Please reveal to me in which part of Your Word You want me to invest additional study so that I will understand and obey You more closely. May my walk with You honor the terms of Your merciful covenant. Amen. dmc2015

Daily Devotional Week 21 Day 1 OT (chronological) Sunday (Deuteronomy 1 – 4)

I apologize that the past week was mislabeled
“Week 19” when it was actually “Week 20”. dmc2015

Daily Devotional

Week 21 Day 1

OT (chronological)

Sunday (Deuteronomy 1 – 4)

Various Events, The Nature and Uniqueness of God

Mikal and Saree reviewed the history of their journey and, like Moses in the past, sadly reported that despite all of the evidence of power and provision and protection from the Lord God they had rebelled.

They reminded the adults to teach the children and grandchildren about God’s faithfulness.

They warned that God is a jealous and consuming God so they must avoid making or worshiping idols.

They warned that if they drifted into idolatry God would drive them far away from the development, perhaps to wander for a long time.

They reminded the people that God considered justice a high priority.

When have you found it valuable to review your history with God prior to making an important decision? When have you forgotten the many blessings of God and acted in rebellion against His teachings?

Dear Lord, I am in awe of Your patience and Your provision as I read Your history with the Israelites during their post-Exodus travels. What You teach us is always important and must always be remembered. May I continue to write Your Word on my heart and gain wisdom for living from it. Amen. dmc2015