Read Deuteronomy 1-3
Deuteronomy in the Hebrew is ‘elleh haddebarim and it means “These are the words”.
It’s time for a new generation to hear the words. This stands out to me significantly today. God is perparing a new generation to take them into the promised land. But they need to know Israel’s history. They need to know God’s promise and God’s word. Moses in the book of Deuteronomy fills Israel in on her history and restates the law from Exodus 20:23-23:33.
God is about to do a new thing, the days of Joshua’s leadership is ahead, BUT first they need to look at the history the past defeats, failures, and victories.
“Do not be afraid of them; the Lord your God himself will fight for you.” “Sovereign Lord, you have begun to show to your servant your greatness and your strong hand. For what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do the deeds and mighty works you do?”
Deuteronomy 3:22, 24 NIV
Moses must pass the law on to this new generation and affirm his commission of Joshua. His ministry days are not over yet. They need to revisit the words of God. This is so helpful for our understanding as to how God prepares a generation for his works. As I have been traveling I was reading the history of revival in Boston from after the Revolutionary war, a nation grieving and in sorrow, was ripe for harvest and awakening. After just about 58 years the next generation is ready. The beginning of revival in 1841 started with an increased spirit of prayer. By 1842 Boston saw significant grace. THE SEND recently had an experience night in Framingham and in our prayer prep with Sydney and Mary we believed and subsequently saw much prayer and an outpouring of hunger for Jesus. I pray this will continue until the return for the larger gathering in Sept. Mary reported her church reinstated prayer after the sermon the next Sunday and the Pastor affirmed his church to be a praying church.
A note of importance in revival history, care for the poor was seen in Boston. When God’s Kingdom is rightly aligned we will be moved likewise. This principle is seen throughout the law in Deuteronomy.
“However, there should be no poor among you, for in the land the Lord your God is giving you to possess as your inheritance, he will richly bless you.” Deuteronomy 15:4
“If there is a poor man among your brothers in any of the towns of the land that the Lord your God is giving you, do not be hardhearted or tightfisted toward your poor brother.” Deuteronomy 15:7, the exhorts continue Deuteronomy 15:9,Deuteronomy 15:11
Often in the outpouring of grace you see a priority of daily prayer meetings. I was blessed to read about their hunger, and you will want to read up on the Boston Revival of 1857-58.
MARY FROM FRAMINGHAM, BOSTON AREA had some great insights today as well!
This morning I kept seeing Psalm 23 in these chapters! Oh how faithful is our God! He is our good shepherd. When we have HIM we lack nothing!!!!
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters.
“For the Lord your God has blessed you in all the work of your hands. He knows you’re going through this great wilderness. These forty years the Lord your God has been with you. You have lacked nothing.”’”
Deuteronomy 2:7 ESV
He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
“who went before you in the way to seek you out a place to pitch your tents, in fire by night and in the cloud by day, to show you by what way you should go.”
Deuteronomy 1:33 ESV
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
“And I commanded Joshua at that time, ‘Your eyes have seen all that the Lord your God has done to these two kings. So will the Lord do to all the kingdoms into which you are crossing. You shall not fear them, for it is the Lord your God who fights for you.’” Deuteronomy 3:21-22 ESV
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
Psalm 23:1-6 ESV