This is part of the 66 in 52 Bible Journaling Challenge. Over the course of the 52 weeks in 2018, I plan to focus in on one verse from each book of the Bible with many others who have signed up to join me. Each week I will be posting a summary page with some thought about that week’s book(s) of the Bible along with some links that may help our reflection. Click here to sign up if you want to join us at any point along the journey!
The Big Picture of Deuteronomy:
The word “deuteronomy” actually means “second law”. At this point all of the original wilderness wanderers have died and the new generation is preparing to enter the Promised Land. Before this happen, Moses gathers them all together and reminds them of all God’s done for them so far. He also repeats the law and the covenant of God and then sends them out with a challenge saying basically: You now know how to have a life filled with blessings and joy and God’s provision… live in that blessing! Moses knows though that they will likely rebel, because that’s what people do, and tells them how to turn back to God when that happens too. We also see Moses “pass the baton” off to Joshua who will lead these people next after his death.
An Outline of Deuteronomy:
- Historical Overview of what’s happened so far in the wilderness for God’s people (Chapters 1-4)
- Reviewing God’s Covenant and Rules (Chapters 4-28)
- Israel’s Choice from here on out to follow God or go their own way (Chapters 29-30)
- Joshua becomes Israel’s Leader/Moses’ Successor (Chapter 31)
- The Song and Blessing of Moses (Chapter 32-33)
- Moses Dies (Chapter 34)
A Few Key Verses and Possible Reflection Questions/Prayers:
Some of us are planning to read through the whole book each week, while others are just focusing in on one verse. This section of the weekly intro post might help you narrow down a verse to reflect on for the week, but you do not have to choose one of these verse, pick any section of Leviticus you want! These are just some ideas.
- “Listen, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders.” (Deut. 6:4-8)
This passage is one of the most important passages of Scripture in the lives of Jews still today. Why do you think that is? What might it look like in our lives today to have this kind of focus on God’s Word in our every day lives?
- “Yes, he humbled you by letting you go hungry and then feeding you with manna, a food previously unknown to you and your ancestors. He did it to teach you that people do not live by bread alone; rather, we live by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.” (Deut 8:3)
Jesus, where do I need to be humbled today so that I can remember that all I need comes from You and IS You?
- “Today the Lord your God has commanded you to obey all these decrees and regulations. So be careful to obey them wholeheartedly.” (Deut 26:16)
What might be God calling you to do this week wholeheartedly?
- “Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live!” (Deut 30:19)
What does it look like for you today to “choose life”?
God’s Grace in Deuteronomy:
Remember. That is the word that stands out to me when I think about God’s grace in Deuteronomy. Moses echoes God’s heart of love for the people as he calls them to remember. Remember what God had done for them so far. Remember the ways He’s provided. Remember what has happened when we chose our own way. Remember the way He came back and rescued us again even after we stumbled. Remember the life that is worth living. Remember that you will face hard times but God will be with you. Remember. God could have chosen to just let his people continue to fall and stumble through out all generations saying, “I told you this once (or many times) already and I”m not repeating myself”. Instead, he helps them pause, reflect, and remember His love which will lead them into whatever comes next.
Some Other Resources:
- The Bible Project Summary Video of Deuteronomy
- A Pinterest board with some artistic Bible journaling ideas and other resources about Deuteronomy
- The 66 in 52 Schedule and Tracking Sheet
So now it’s your turn! Pick a verse and settle in this week, or read through the whole book. If you post any picture or blogs on social media, tag them with #66in52challenge so we can all share in this journey together!