Bible Reading and Commentary for the Week February 27 – March 4, 2017
Bible Reading and Commentary for the Week
February 27 – March 4, 2017
DEUTERONOMY – Deuteronomy was written by Moses. Deuteronomy literally means “second Law.” In it, Moses reviews the Law given Israel in Exodus and Leviticus, preparing the Israelites for their entry into Canaan. The last 4 chapters contain Moses’ farewell address and the account of his death.
Monday, February 27, Deuteronomy 1
v. 37 — The reason why Moses was not permitted to enter the Promised Land is found in Numbers 20:7-12.
v. 38 — Who would lead Israel into the Promised Land would be Joshua. Who leads us into the Promised Land of heaven? Read John 3:16.
Tuesday, February 28, Deuteronomy 2
Vv. 1-19 — God spares the region of Seir, the Moabites and Ammonites because they are related to the Israelites. They were descendants of Esau and Lot.
v. 34 — At first glance, God’s punishment may seem extremely harsh. It was by God’s command and it was His judgment upon nations who had refused God and hardened themselves in their sin. God also didn’t want these heathen people to influence Israel with their idolatry and immorality.
Wednesday, March 1, Deuteronomy 3
Vv. 12-20 — While the half tribe of Manasseh and the tribes
of Reuben and Gad received their “inheritance” early on the east of the Jordan River, they were to help the others conquer the land.
v. 28 — An “inheritance” isn’t something that you work for or get because you deserve it. It’s a gift. The Lord’s choice of words is significant. Just as this blessing from God was a free gift of His grace, so is all that we have. Our material possessions and especially our relationship with the heavenly Father through faith in Jesus Christ is a result of God’s grace, not our works (Ephesians 2:8-9)
Thursday, March 2, Deuteronomy 4
v. 2 — The Lord is serious about His word. He doesn’t give us permission to change the parts we don’t like. It’s not open for discussion. Real peace is found not as we debate with God, but as we, through faith, listen to His will and accept His word without question.
v. 6 — Their lives obeying God’s commands would be a witness to the nations around them. Our words and actions also tell the world what is in our hearts. Spend a few moments in prayer every day that the Lord would move you to witness a Christ-centered life to others.
v. 9 — Parents have the responsibility to make sure that their children know the Lord. Christian parents don’t shirk that privilege, but follow God’s Word in chap. 6:6,7. They will also heed Solomon’s words in Prov. 22:6, “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.”
Friday, March 3, Deuteronomy 5
Vv. 7-21 — These verses contain the 10 commandments, the summary of God’s moral law–His will for all people of all times. We know the commandments still apply because they are repeated throughout the New Testament.
Vv. 22-27 — While a human mediator was enough for Israel to stand before God, the Lawgiver at Mt. Sinai, they needed more than a human mediator to stand before God at death. To enter eternal life, we all need absolute perfection. That Jesus alone has given us. “There is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man, Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all men.” (I Timothy 2:5)
Saturday, March 4, Deuteronomy 6
v. 5 — Jesus used almost these same words to summarize the first table of the Law in the New Testament. Cf. Matt. 22:37, 38
v. 25 — Keeping the 10 commandments will not make us holy or perfect. Living a righteous life means that we are doing more and more of what God wants and becoming less and less involved in sin. Again, our total perfection lies in what Christ accomplished for us. Cf. Rom. 3:23, 24; Rom. 8:1; I John 2:1,2