Monthly Archives: March 2013

March 9

Today’s Reading:  Deuteronomy  32:48-34:12

Highlights: This reading begins and ends with a description of the death of Moses. In the middle of the reading is Moses’ blessing upon the children of Israel.

Chapter 33 contains Moses’ final words to the nation “the blessing with which Moses the man of God blessed the children of Israel before his death”.   It contains individual blessings to each of the 12 tribes, but interestingly, unlike recent readings, this is mostly positive.

The very last thing he says however concerns God. Consider how appropriate that is – that a godly man’s last words to his survivors would be about God.  Look closely at 33:26-29. What does Moses say to them about God?


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March 8

Today’s Reading:  Deuteronomy 31, 32:1-47

Highlights: Final matters are being attended to as Moses nears the end of his life. Joshua is inaugurated as Moses’ successor and he is assured of God’s protection.  Moses begins to address the nation.

Sadly, much of what is said is a prediction of Israel’s future unfaithfulness. God said He knew the inclination of their behavior (31:21).  The song in chapter 32 would serve as a witness to them so that when they did rebel and were punished they would know why their troubles came.

Twice Moses describes the condition that caused them to forget God as being they were “filled and (had) grown fat” (31:20), “You grew fat, you grew thick, You are obese” (32:15). What do these descriptions mean?  Why would it cause someone to forget God?  How can we do this today and what can we do to avoid it?


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March 7

Today’s Reading: Deut.26:16-19, Deut 27-30

Highlights: The final chapters of Deuteronomy are Moses’ last words to the people he has led for 40 years. In these speeches Moses “sets before” the nation “life and death, blessing and cursing”; and urges them to “choose life” (30:19).

Moses speech is very graphic and specific as to what will happen to the children of Israel in the future.  He foresees 3 stages  – obedience which results in great prosperity (28:1-14), disobediences which brings horrible curses and eventually captivity (28:15-68), and also, if they learn a lesson from the curses and repent, restoration and renewed blessings (30:1-10).

Moses urges them to choose life. Why would anyone, then or now, not choose life?


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March 6

Today’s Reading: Deut 24, 25, 26:1-15, 31:9-13

Highlights: Various laws including the duty of a man to his deceased brother’s widow, kidnapping, leprosy, kindness to the poor etc. This section on the law concludes with a command to read the law to the nation every 7 years at the feast of Tabernacles.

The week long Feast of Tabernacles at the end of the Jewish religious calendar is mentioned again here. Remembering some of the earlier references what do you think this week would have been like for the children of Israel? (Lev.23:33-43, Deut.16:13-15)

Today’s reading is the last of our 17 days reading the specific laws in the Law of Moses. If you haven’t already, check out the article New Testament Perspective on the Law of Moses.


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March 5

Today’s Reading: Deuteronomy 21, 22, 23

Highlights: This reading contains a wide variety of laws ranging from how to treat captives to how to handle an unsolved murder to wearing the clothing of the opposite sex.  Israel was a physical nation and the law of Moses contained civil laws as well as moral and religious laws.  Failure to install a railing on your rooftop (22:8) wasn’t really a moral issue but the law of Moses clarifies that such a man is liable if someone falls off the roof in such a case.

The punishment for a rebellious son (21:18-21)  was  very severe.  I doubt many of us would be comfortable going as far as the Law of Moses, but don’t most cultures today go toward the opposite extreme? Could we learn something from this? Thanks for your thoughts.

Bonus question: which law in today’s reading played a part in the story of the crucifixion of Jesus?


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March 4

Today’s Reading: Deuteronomy 18, 19, 20

Highlights: Clarifications concerning the inheritance of the Levites, warnings against the practicing the abominations of the nations including child sacrifice and witchcraft. A future prophet the people should hear and false prophets they should not hear, more information about the 6 cities of refuge to be set up throughout the nation, warnings against being a false witness.  Chapter 20 talks about wars – the promise that God is with them, those exempt from going to war, how the battle is to be fought  and what is to be done with the spoils of victory.

This reading warns against false prophets but also speaks of a future prophet that God will raise up (18:15-19). The New Testament clearly identifies this as Jesus (Acts 3:22 and 7:37). Moses said he will be “a prophet like me”.   In what way was Jesus like Moses? And most important – what does this passage say about the authority of the coming prophet?


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March 3

Today’s Reading: Deuteronomy 15, 16, and 17

Today’s reading contains commands concerning:  being compassionate toward the poor, observing the 3 feasts that required men to appear in Jerusalem: Passover, Pentecost, and Tabernacles; the appointment of judges, judgment of an idolater and others who disobey, regulations and instructions for future kings is given.

What reason does God give for the severity of the punishments He prescribes (17:13)?


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March 2

Today’s Reading: Deuteronomy 5:1-21, Deuteronomy 12, 13, 14

We are still reading the specific Laws in the Law of Moses, these last 5 days looking at the laws found in the book of Deuteronomy. Many of these laws we have read before. In Deuteronomy we have Moses addressing the children of Israel before he dies. He is reminding them to keep the laws God had given 40 years earlier at Mount Sinai.

Highlights of today’s reading: The 10 commandments, warnings against idolatry and false prophets, clean and unclean animals, tithing.

In Deuteronomy 14:22-29 he commands them to “tithe the increase of their grain that the field produces year by year”.  What were they to do with this tithe?



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March 1

Today we begin our 3rd month of the Daily Bible Review – we are 1/6 of the way there!  Thank you for participating.  5 more days to go in the Law of Moses, then Joshua will lead the nation into the Promised Land!

Today’s Reading: Numbers 27:1-11, Numbers 28, 29, 35:9-34

Highlights: Inheritance law when there is no son is clarified, more about sacrifices, 6 cities of refuge are to be designated where a man slayer may flee from his avenger till he can receive a fair trial.

Chapters 28 and 29 begin and end with a command to be careful to present offerings “at the appointed times”.  The chapters detail what kind and how many sacrifices were to be offered – daily, monthly, on Sabbaths, and during the 6 yearly feasts.  Note especially the sacrifices associated with the Feast of Tabernacles in Numbers 29:12-38.  What is interesting about this account? What does Hebrews 10:4 say about the blood of bulls and goats?


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