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The Bible Jesus Read: A Second Chance
1. Preacher Man: Bible readers learn to look for self-referential comments within the Bible, places where books of the Bible explicitly communicate their nature and purpose. Deuteronomy 1:1, one such place, tells us that the book is, essentially, a sermon by Moses. What does Deuteronomy 1:5 communicate about Moses’ purpose?If Deuteronomy is in fact a sermon, our work of applying the book is a little easier, but still not a given. What characteristics describe someone who ‘listens well’ to a sermon preached?
2. Memory Lane: Deuteronomy, following covenant documents of its kind, beings with a ‘historical prologue’, a reminder of the events comprising the relationship between the members of the covenant up to that point. Why is it important to begin a covenant relationship with such a reminder? If God were to compose such a covenant document initiating a relationship between Himself and you, what would your ‘historical prologue look like?
3. Trust Me: What two words does Deuteronomy 1:26 and 1:32 use to describe Israel’s response to God in their refusal to enter the promised land? Read in Deuteronomy 1:41-46 what Israel does after God sentences them to 40 years of wilderness wandering. Have there been times in your life when you have tried to obey God after the fact, following Him your way instead of the way He has prescribed? How did it go?
4. Do It Again: Compare the promises God made to both the first and second generation in Deuteronomy 1:30 and 3:21. We have been told, like these generations of Israel, ‘not to fear’ (1:29; 3:22). But God hasn’t promised us financial security, the salvation of our children, or even our health. Taking these things as promises can lead to heartbreak, disillusionment or even loss of faith. How do we distinguish between true promises of God and simply our heartfelt prayers?