Through the Bible in a Year: Deuteronomy 31-34

This Week’s Reading Schedule

Thursday’s (today’s) Bible Reading is Deuteronomy 31-34
Friday, Mar. 16: Psalm 1-5

The overall year’s plan is here.

Deuteronomy 31:1-7: Be Courageous

The advice of Deut. 31:1-7 is quoted often and underestimated even more often. It takes courage to believe that the Lord is with you and to take a stand on his Word in whatever form it has come to you.

If we were honest, we would admit that for the most part, when it becomes difficult, we choose to act on what’s safe and not on the Word of God, which almost never seems safe.

Be courageous.

Deuteronomy 31:9-13

Moses calls for the entire Law to be read to the nation of Israel every seven years at the Feast of Booths. It seems likely that this rarely happened, and there were long periods when the Israelites were not familiar with the Law.

Deuteronomy 31-32: Moses’ Song

Moses warns the Israelites in advance that they are going to fall away. His song is an excellent picture of what they can expect if they do fall away, but it still leaves them with hope should they repent.

Deuteronomy 33: Moses’ Blessing

Moses blesses each of the tribes. Moses was not just saying words. He believed that the things he said were real blessings that would come to pass.

Some of the blessings are obscure enough that it seems certain that he was often speaking spiritually. He was a prophet and knew how to speak as he was moved by the Holy Spirit (something that should be true of all the Lord’s people under the New Covenant—Acts 2:17-18).

Not everything that you read needs to be understood right now. I am not doing any explanation of any of these blessings, yet because this is Scripture, breathed by God, we can be confident that there are spiritual messages throughout this chapter. The Scriptures will be a lifelong experience for us, and deep truths and encouragements will come from all of it. Here’s an entire chapter as an example. The best thing to do with it is not to have it explained to you, but, as the years pass, to learn to be spiritual, and God will have things to say to you through this and so many other chapters that are meant for later, not now.

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