Week 10: Day 5- Deuteronomy 6:12-13

12 Then beware lest thou forget the Lord, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage. 13 Thou shalt fear the Lord thy God, and serve him, and shalt swear by his name.

Deuteronomy 6:12-13

Explanation

As we learned yesterday, God can be trusted. He keeps His Word. God also is a God who blesses. God had certainly blessed the children of Israel. He had brought them out of Egypt and the bondage that was there. He had provided manna, quail, and water to sustain them in the desert. He had protected and provided for them. Now he was going to give them this land that He had promised to them and to their forefathers.

But with blessing comes a temptation. Moses tells them to be aware that blessing can make one forget the source of the blessing. He was concerned that they would begin to think that they were the source of the good things they had rather than God.

Instead of forgetting the Lord, Moses called on them to fear the Lord.

Application

We are so blessed where I live. I have so much. God has blessed me with a rich heritage and access to the Gospel. I have a comfortable home, a great family, a great church, a fulfilling and challenging job, and really don’t lack for any needs, and most of my wants. If I’m not careful, I will forget the Lord.

How? I begin to think that I’m more than I am. I can grow prideful. I can begin to think that God is really blessed to have me. The truth is that the best of us don’t deserve anything good from God. We were His enemies. We were sinners, but because of God’s great love, He sent His Son to die on the cross so that we can be forgiven, and then we can be made into the likeness of His dear Son.

Instead of forgetting God, I need to fear Him, to serve Him, and to swear allegiance to Him.

Response

  1. Are there any ways that you are forgetting the Lord in how you live because of the blessings that you have?
  2. Have you thanked God for your blessings lately? Take time to do that today!

Week 10: Day 4- Deuteronomy 6:10-11

10 And it shall be, when the Lord thy God shall have brought thee into the land which he sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give thee great and goodly cities, which thou buildedst not, 11 And houses full of all good things, which thou filledst not, and wells digged, which thou diggedst not, vineyards and olive trees, which thou plantedst not; when thou shalt have eaten and be full;

Deuteronomy 6:10-11

Explanation

Moses calls them to obedience to God’s law, then he calls them to pass God’s Word along to their children. In today’s text and tomorrows text he gives another reason that they need to obey and pass God’s Word along. You see, Moses knew that God was a promise keeping God. That means that they were going to go into this land because God had promised this land to Abraham.

18 In the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates:

Genesis 15:18

He also made this promise to Isaac.

And the Lord appeared unto him, and said, Go not down into Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of:

Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee, and will bless thee; for unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father;

Genesis 26:2-3

He made this promise to Jacob.

13 And, behold, the Lord stood above it, and said, I am the Lord God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed;

Genesis 28:13

It was coming time for God to fulfill his promise, at least in part, to the children of Israel. That meant they were going to go in and militarily take over this land, that God would be with them in the taking of the land, and they would possess all kinds of blessings for which they had not worked.

The implications of this He will address with them in the verses we will study tomorrow.

Application

For today we can be assured that God will do what He says He will do. What God promises God will do. His promises are sure.

The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.

Psalm 12:6

God can be trusted. Those who know Him and follow Him must live in trusting obedience. Just as the Israelites had to trust God by going into the land in obedience, we must act on our trust in God in our daily lives. The just shall live by faith.

Response

  1. Is there something that you are not trusting God for?
  2. Take some time today to praise God for all of the blessings that He has provided for you.

Thanksgiving Proclamation

“In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

I’m so thankful for all the students, volunteers, and parents associated with H2O Student Ministries and Sonshine Baptist Church. Meg and I love you guys and we hope you have a great thanksgiving.

By the President of the United States of America.

A Proclamation.

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consiousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the Unites States the Eighty-eighth.

By the President: Abraham Lincoln

William H. Seward,
Secretary of State

Yeah…But who are you thankful to?

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.  James 1:17

My wife made a turkey today…best thing ever!  I love everything about the tradition of thanksgiving in my family.  Football, food, family…It’s all good stuff.

We’ve all heard both sides of the thanksgiving argument.  Some people see it just as a chance to eat, rest, hang out with family and throw a couple of “thank yous” out to people in their life.  Yet others will go off on how thankless we are becoming as a society- to the point that it’s become cliche to even do so.  

It’s good to be thankful all year long.  A thankful heart really is a happy heart.  We ought to be thankful to those around us for what they give us and who they are to us.  That is right and good, and should happen.

During this thanksgiving day celebration though, don’t forget to whom we owe the most thanks.  God has given us everything we have.  He created us, loves us, and has redeemed us and provided a way to spend eternity with Him.

So on this thanksgiving day- let’s not forget to thank the Source of everything we have.  God has been so good to you.  He loves you.  Don’t forget to thank Him for who He is and what He has done!

So once in every year we throng
Upon a day apart,
To praise the Lord with feast and song
In thankfulness of heart.
~Arthur Guiterman, The First Thanksgiving