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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Deuteronomy 8:1-20 (Good News Translation)

God’s Encouraging Word

Introduction

Deuteronomy 8:1-20: Moses reminds the people to guard against pride when they begin to enjoy the rich blessings that await them in Canaan and not to forget how the LORD saved them in the past.

Today's Scripture: Deuteronomy 8:19

“Never forget the LORD your God or turn to other gods to worship and serve them.”

Today's Reading

A Good Land to Be Possessed

1“Obey faithfully all the laws that I have given you today, so that you may live, increase in number, and occupy the land that the Lord promised to your ancestors.2Remember how the Lord your God led you on this long journey through the desert these past forty years, sending hardships to test you, so that he might know what you intended to do and whether you would obey his commands.3 He made you go hungry, and then he gave you manna to eat, food that you and your ancestors had never eaten before. He did this to teach you that you must not depend on bread alone to sustain you, but on everything that the Lord says.4During these forty years your clothes have not worn out, nor have your feet swollen up.5 Remember that the Lord your God corrects and punishes you just as parents discipline their children.6So then, do as the Lord has commanded you: live according to his laws and obey him.7The Lord your God is bringing you into a fertile land—a land that has rivers and springs, and underground streams gushing out into the valleys and hills;8a land that produces wheat and barley, grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives, and honey.9There you will never go hungry or ever be in need. Its rocks have iron in them, and from its hills you can mine copper.10You will have all you want to eat, and you will give thanks to the Lord your God for the fertile land that he has given you.

Warnings against Forgetting the Lord

11 “Make certain that you do not forget the Lord your God; do not fail to obey any of his laws that I am giving you today.12When you have all you want to eat and have built good houses to live in13and when your cattle and sheep, your silver and gold, and all your other possessions have increased,14be sure that you do not become proud and forget the Lord your God who rescued you from Egypt, where you were slaves.15He led you through that vast and terrifying desert where there were poisonous snakes and scorpions. In that dry and waterless land he made water flow out of solid rock for you.16In the desert he gave you manna to eat, food that your ancestors had never eaten. He sent hardships on you to test you, so that in the end he could bless you with good things.17So then, you must never think that you have made yourselves wealthy by your own power and strength.18Remember that it is the Lord your God who gives you the power to become rich. He does this because he is still faithful today to the covenant that he made with your ancestors.19Never forget the Lord your God or turn to other gods to worship and serve them. If you do, then I warn you today that you will certainly be destroyed.20If you do not obey the Lord, then you will be destroyed just like those nations that he is going to destroy as you advance.

Reflect

How did God care for the people throughout their forty years in the desert? What warning is given if the people fail to obey the LORD? Have you ever experienced consequences as a result of not acting according to the will of God?

Pray

Merciful and loving God, I thank and praise you for your constant love and care. Remind me never to forget that you are the source of all blessings. May all I say and do this day bring glory and honor to you. Amen.

Prayer Concern

Nomadic peoples

Tomorrow's Reading

Deuteronomy 11:1-32: Moses instructs the people to teach God’s laws to their children.

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Yesterday's Reading

Deuteronomy 7:1-26

Tomorrow's Reading

Deuteronomy 11:1-32