Chapter 1 — Forty years have passed since their exodus from Egypt. In verse 7 the Lord tells them to “break camp” and in verse 8 — “go in and TAKE possess of the land that the Lord swore HE would give them”. Moses begins a recap of their journey but does not begin with their departure out of Egypt. He begins at Mount Horeb (Mount Sinai) where The Israelite Nation began with God giving HIS covenant to them. When the people CHOSE GOD, He then gave them The 10 Commandments so they would know HOW to live a holy life. Moses is telling them the history of the development of their nation!!
In verse 2 we are told that this 40 year wilderness journey SHOULD have ONLY taken 11 days!!! WHOAAAAA ….. an 11 day trip that took 40 YEARS!!! He reminded this NEW generation of their parents’ and relatives’ rebelling, grumbling, murmuring, arrogance, and involvement with worshipers of other gods which all lead to them wandering and dying in the wilderness. GOD did NOT want this situation to turn out like this. However, the people CHOSE God, then CHOSE murmuring which lead to rebellion which all lead to CONSEQUENCES directly from their choices. God and Moses WANTED the NEW generation to hear what the OLD generation had done so they would not repeat it! Both Moses and God WANTED the NEW generation to do what their relatives had not……. TAKE the LAND the LORD PROMISED them!!!
There were two things that stood out to me in today’s reading.
The first thing that stood out to me was the “first month” in the Jewish calendar which is called Nisan on their sacred calendar. In my Life Application Bible it points out that the events in Deuteronomy covered a week or two in the 11th month (Shebat – Jan – Feb). The Israelites spent the 12th month (Adar – Feb-Mar) of the 40th year grieving the death of Moses for 30 days, as was their custom. Then the first month (Nisan – Mar-Apr) of their 41st year is when they entered the Promised Land (Joshua 4:19.) Here’s what caught my attention … a LOT of things seem to happen in the month of Nisan in Scripture. I looked up “first month” on www.biblegateway.com A FEW things (MANY things occurred in the “first month”) that I noticed that occurred during the first month (Nisan) were:
- Genesis 8:13 — Noah saw that the ground was dry after the flood
- Exodus 12 — The FIRST Passover and Feast of Unleavened Bread (and future Passovers take place in the first month).
- 2 Chronicles 29 – Hezekiah purified the Temple of the Lord
- WHEN do we celebrate our Easter Christian Holiday?? —- At the Passover —- during the first month of Nisan!!
- I have read more than a couple of bible commentaries which also state from information they have gathered through the Bible that Jesus was probably born in the first month of Nisan because this is when the shepherds would have been out in their fields. They would not have been out in the fields during the winter months!! I have no proof of this point other than what I read … yet the first month stuck me deeply today which caused me to do a lot of research.
Makes you think doesn’t it??… Well… it did me anyway 🙂
The second thing that stood out to me was when Moses recalled saw how huge the Israelite Nation had become. He knew he needed help leading this nation. This took me back to the tender, gentle conversation his father-in-law, Jethro (a Midianite Priest) gave Moses. Jethro advised Moses to delegate his authority so Moses could focus on his “real job” which was to lead the people. Moses took Jethro’s advice. Jethro blessed him, praised God, and offered sacrifices to the God of the Israelites. Moses remembered the important things Jethro told him in verse 13. Moses was to appoint good leaders who had the following inner qualities:
Compare these inner qualities of leaders Moses chose …. to our leaders of today who seem to function solely on good looks, wealth, popularity, and willingness to do ANY thing to get to the top (not get the job done!). It reminds me of how very important it is that we PRAY for our leaders at all levels in our state and country … PRAY WITHOUT CEASING!! AND…. Pray to BE the kind of leader/person Moses would have wanted on his team.
Chapter 2— Moses reminds the NEW generation that they have lacked for NOTHING during their 40 year journey. He also reminds them of all the people they have recently encountered… wars they had won… BECAUSE GOD WAS DOING THE FIGHTING FOR THEM … the people God told them to destroy… and who to avoid… w ho to pay for EVERY thing they used while walking through their lands…. etc. Did you recognize any of the names? Esau/Edomites (Esau was Jacob/Israel’s twin brother, sons of Isaac); Moabites and Ammonites (descendants of LOT through incest with his daughters … who God protected them..so far… because Lot was related to Abraham and fell under the promise.) Anakites (thought to be the people Goliath comes from), others called them other names such as Emites by Moabites, Zamzummites by Ammorites, and some still referred to them as Rephaites all of these people were very large in stature and are said to have been 7 feet tall or more. Then the defeat of the king of Sihon the Amorite, because GOD gave them to the Israelites to defeat!!! GOD DID THE FIGHTING FOR THEM and was preparing the people in the places they were headed to fear them!!! GOD WAS PREPARING THE WAY. ….. JUST AS HE DOES FOR US TODAY.
Are we like the OLD generation or the NEW generation?? Do we rebel, doubt, complain, murmur, fear, and then do things God does not want us to do leading us into our own wilderness journey? Or … do we BELIEVE, have FAITH, and TAKE the LAND???
I’d love to hear your questions, or comments, your favorite verse today, any thing that impacted you, or how God is moving in your life 🙂
Sharing HIS love,