October 16, 2023
DAY 289 JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR
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Focus Verses For Today: Deuteronomy 1:15-17
Today we begin our journey through the final book of law, Deuteronomy. This final book of Moses may seem familiar, for it is essentially a retelling of previous events. The word “Deuteronomy” means a second distribution. The old, unfaithful generation of Israelites had died off, and the new generation was preparing to enter the Promised Land. This second telling of events by Moses was to remind them of the importance of committing themselves fully to the Lord.
Before reading Deuteronomy 1-3, pray for understanding of today’s reading. Read Deuteronomy 1-3. Let’s journey!
Deuteronomy 1-3: This book begins with the Israelites about to enter the promised land. Moses reminds them of their history, how and why leaders were appointed, and why they had spent the last 40 years wandering in the desert. Moses reminds the Israelites of many of their victories and how the land is to be divided. Moses acknowledges that Joshua will be the one to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land. (Deuteronomy 1:1-3:29)
Our focus verses for today:
15 So I took the leading men of your tribes, wise and respected men, and appointed them to have authority over you—as commanders of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties and of tens and as tribal officials. 16 And I charged your judges at that time, “Hear the disputes between your people and judge fairly, whether the case is between two Israelites or between an Israelite and a foreigner residing among you. 17 Do not show partiality in judging; hear both small and great alike. Do not be afraid of anyone, for judgment belongs to God. Bring me any case too hard for you, and I will hear it.”
(Deuteronomy 1:15-17, NIV)
In this short passage, instructions are given to both leaders and judges. The instructions are wise – they come from the Lord! – and we would do well to heed them today. A leader must settle disputes and they must be impartial when rendering judgement. What leadership position are you in? How do you ensure your judgments are fair? Do you follow the advice of the Lord?
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