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.
Today’s reading: Deuteronomy 33:1-34:12; Joshua 1:1-2:24
Tomorrow’s reading: Joshua 3:1-6:27
Todays’ reading included the song of Moses, as well as a psalm that tradition says he wrote, Psalm 90. The verses that stood out to me today are from the Psalm. Psalm 90:13-17 says:
13 O Lord, come back to us!
How long will you delay?
Take pity on your servants!
14 Satisfy us each morning with your unfailing love,
so we may sing for joy to the end of our lives.
15 Give us gladness in proportion to our former misery!
Replace the evil years with good.
16 Let us, your servants, see you work again;
let our children see your glory.
17 And may the Lord our God show us his approval
and make our efforts successful.
Yes, make our efforts successful!
Today’s reading: Deuteronomy 31:30-32:58; Psalm 90
Tomorrow’s reading: Deuteronomy 33:1-34:12; Joshua 1:1-2:24
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!
Today’s reading: Deuteronomy 29:2-31:29
Tomorrow’s reading: Deuteronomy 31:30-32:58; Psalm 90
Today’s reading included:
- The Water of Purification
- Moses strikes the rock
- Edom refuses Israel passage
- The death of Aaron
- Victory over the Canaanites
- The bronze snake
- Israel’s journey to Moab
- Victory over Sihon and Og
The scripture that stood out to me today was Numbers 20:12 which says, “But the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust me enough to demonstrate my holiness to the people of Israel, you will not lead them into the land I am giving them!”
Today’s reading: Numbers 19:1-21:35
Tomorrow’s reading: Numbers 22:1-24:25
The scripture that stood out to me today was Exodus 3:14, which says, “God replied to Moses, “I am who I am. Say this to the people of Israel: I am has sent me to you.”
Today’s reading: Exodus 1:1-4:17
Tomorrow’s reading: Exodus 4:18-7:13