Deuteronomy 1:1 – 2:37
The Israelites were on the border of the Promised Land. They were almost there… Deuteronomy starts with a history recap of all that happened since they left Egypt. It was a reminder to the people of all that God had done for them but also all that Israel had done in rebellion against God. Moses was speaking to the children of those who rebelled, reminding them not to follow in the footsteps of their fathers.
There were a few key points repeated throughout this recap…
– “…do not be afraid…” (vs 17, 21, 29): reminding the people that they were following the Almighty God and they did not need to fear those around them or the outcome. Instead they needed to fear God and be obedient to Him, trusting Him.
– “…I have given…” (2:5, 9, 19, etc) “…Our God is giving us…” (1:25, 2:29): reminding the people that God is the giver. God is the provider. He is Lord over the entire world. He was the one who gave land to other nations, descended from Lot. God is in control. He is Sovereign…
That’s it for today… Question – how do you think this points to Jesus?
Thanks for being part of the team to help make comments on the passages for “Bible In A Yr”. It’s definitely a good motivator to keep pace, as well as (for me) being able to listen to ea. passage on my MP3 (I couldn’t figure out how play the passage using Bible Gateway).
I think the passage can point us to Jesus in a few ways – Jesus also said “do not fear” – eg Mt 10:
28Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. 29Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. 30And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
Only God can give us our promised land – the new heavens and earth. He has provided a way for us (through Jesus) because, like the Israelites, we are sinful and unworthy of God’s promised land.
There are probably lots of other ways this passage points to Jesus. Anyone else got some other thoughts?