March 22 – Scripture of the Day

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In today’s reading, Moses dies at 120 years old, and Joshua takes charge of leading Israel after being anointed by Moses. These passages also contain the story or Rahab the prostitute, who hides the two spies from Israel in return for a promise to spare her family when Israel takes over the land.

But the scripture that stood out to me was Deuteronomy 34:5-6 which says, “5 So Moses, the servant of the Lord, died there in the land of Moab, just as the Lord had said. 6 The Lord buried him in a valley near Bethpeor in Moab, but to this day no one knows the exact place.”

This passage stood out to me because it says that the Lord buried Moses. Perhaps this should not be surprising to us, as Moses and the Lord had an intimate relationship, Moses even having seen the Lord pass by him.

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Today’s reading: Deuteronomy 33:1-34:12; Joshua 1:1-2:24

Tomorrow’s reading: Joshua 3:1-6:27

March 20 – Scripture of the Day

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The scripture that stood out to me today was Deuteronomy 30:15-16. At this point in Israel’s history, Moses is about to die, Joshua becomes the leader of Israel, and the Lord is about to lead them into the Promised Land.

Moses is speaking to the Israelites, reminding them of their covenant with the Lord, calling them back to the Lord, and reminding them of the choice they have.

Deuteronomy 30:15-16 reads, “Now listen! Today I am giving you a choice between life and death, between prosperity and disaster. 16 For I command you this day to love the Lord your God and to keep his commands, decrees, and regulations by walking in his ways. If you do this, you will live and multiply, and the Lord your God will bless you and the land you are about to enter and occupy.”

This reminded me that we still have that same choice in our lives today. The Lord wants to bless us greatly, and when we follow Him, we will receive those great blessings. But when we choose to disobey, there are consequences. The Lord, who loves us so much, knows how we should live our lives; by following him and his commands, good things will follow. When we choose to disobey, bad things happen. We are our own worst enemy.

So let us chose to follow the Lord each and every day!

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Today’s reading: Deuteronomy 29:2-31:29
Tomorrow’s reading: Deuteronomy 31:30-32:58; Psalm 90

March 18 – Scripture of the Day

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The scripture that stood out to me today was Deuteronomy 22:5 which is contained within a part of Deuteronomy that contains “various regulations.” It reads, “A woman must not put on men’s clothing, and a man must not wear women’s clothing. Anyone who does this is detestable in the sight of the Lord your God.”

In our culture and society today, wearing men/women’s clothing garners a variety of responses from a yawn to cries against cross-dressing and inappropriate behavior.

So it’s interesting to look a little deeper into the context of this verse. According to the Reformation Study Bible Commentary, “Women were not to adopt the accoutrements of the male (e.g., carrying weapons), and men were not to dress as women. The symbols of gender difference were to be respected, and while such symbols vary over time and from culture to culture, the principle of gender distinction remains (Gen. 1:27; cf. 1 Tim. 2:13). Violations of the creation order, such as homosexuality and bestiality (Lev. 18:22, 23; 20:13; 1 Cor. 6:9; 1 Tim. 1:10), are an “abomination.” It has also been suggested that the interchange of clothing was a part of pagan religious practice.”

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Today’s reading: Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19
Tomorrow’s reading: Deuteronomy 26:1-29:1

March 17 – Scripture of the Day

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The scripture that stood out to me today was Deuteronomy 17:14 which reads, “You are about to enter the land the Lord your God is giving you. When you take it over and settle there, you may think, ‘We should select a king to rule over us like the other nations around us.’ ”

Care to guess what happens?

Yup. Heck, there’s even a book in the Bible called Kings. Hummm….

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Today’s reading: Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9
Tomorrow’s reading: Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19

March 16 – Scripture of the Day

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The scripture that stood out to me today was Deuteronomy 14:22 which reads, “You must set aside a tithe of your crops—one-tenth of all the crops you harvest each year.”

There are many places in the scriptures that talk about the tithe and this is one of them.

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Today’s reading: Deuteronomy 13:1-16:17
Tomorrow’s reading: Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9

March 15 – Scripture of the Day

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The scripture that stood out to me today was Deuteronomy 10:22. This is not a deeply theological verse, but a simple reminder of the history of Israel. When Joseph brought his family to Egypt, this was the beginning of the Jewish people in Egypt. The verse reads, “When your ancestors went down into Egypt, there were only seventy of them. But now the Lord your God has made you as numerous as the stars in the sky!”

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Today’s reading: Deuteronomy 10:1-12:32
Tomorrow’s reading: Deuteronomy 13:1-16:17

March 14 – Scripture of the Day

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In today’s reading there are several passages that stood out to me, and some of the more familiar scriptures found in the Old Testament. For example, Deuteronomy 6:5 says, “And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength.”

Familiar words.

And Deuteronomy 6:7-9 which says. “Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. 8 Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. 9 Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”

More familiar words.

But this verse stood out to me as well. Deuteronomy 8:3 says, “Yes, he humbled you by letting you go hungry and then feeding you with manna, a food previously unknown to you and your ancestors. He did it to teach you that people do not live by bread alone; rather, we live by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.”

AMEN!

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Today’s reading: Deuteronomy 6:1-9:29
Tomorrow’s reading: Deuteronomy 10:1-12:32

March 13 – Scripture of the Day

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Today’s readings include the 10 Commandments. It seems that most often when we read the commandments, we only read them in list version, often shortened and without the full text we actually read in Deuteronomy.

What stood out to me today were the verses on the Sabbath. They are found in Deuteronomy 5:12-15 and say, “Observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy, as the Lord your God has commanded you. 13 You have six days each week for your ordinary work, 14 but the seventh day is a Sabbath day of rest dedicated to the Lord your God. On that day no one in your household may do any work. This includes you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, your oxen and donkeys and other livestock, and any foreigners living among you. All your male and female servants must rest as you do. 15 Remember that you were once slaves in Egypt, but the Lord your God brought you out with his strong hand and powerful arm. That is why the Lord your God has commanded you to rest on the Sabbath day.”

What I found most interesting was in verse 15. There we read the reason WHY we are commanded to observe a Sabbath day. It’s not so we are well rested, though that is a benefit for sure. Its not so we can REMEMBER that the Israelites were once slaves in Egypt, and that the Lord rescued them. We are commanded to observe the Sabbath not to rest, but to remember.

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Today’s reading: Deuteronomy 3:21-5:33
Tomorrow’s reading: Deuteronomy 6:1-9:29

March 12 – Scripture of the Day

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The scripture that stood out to me today was Deuteronomy 1:1, mostly because I have finished Numbers. It reads, “These are the words that Moses spoke to all the people of Israel while they were in the wilderness east of the Jordan River. They were camped in the Jordan Valley[a] near Suph, between Paran on one side and Tophel, Laban, Hazeroth, and Di-zahab on the other.”

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Today’s reading: Deuteronomy 1:1-3:20
Tomorrow’s reading: Deuteronomy 3:21-5:33