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OYB March 27

  • Julie Ferwerda
    Are you ready for change in 2009? Grab a One Year Bible (NLT), commit to reading it daily, and join Julie Ferwerda on an extraordinary adventure that will transform your life as you experience its relevance in a fresh, understandable way. In addition to 20+ years in Bible teaching ministry, Julie is a professional speaker and writer. Her works have appeared in publications such as Focus on the Family, Discipleship Journal, Christianity Today, Marriage Partnership, Brio, and Revolve Biblezines & Devotional Bible (for teens). She's also the author of "The Perfect Fit: Piecing Together True Love," and also the upcoming book, "One Million Arrows for God: Raising Your Children to Change the World." Learn more at www.JulieFerwerda.com.
  • 2009 Mar 26
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Today's One Year Bible Reading

In today's Deuteronomy reading, see how many references you can find to "REMEMBER."

Deuteronomy

Why destroy so many nations? Was God being mean?

7:1-4 These seven nations are all more powerful than you...you must completely destroy them. Do not intermarry with them. They will lead your young people away from me to worship other gods... From what I'm learning about history, these nations were likely not just more powerful in manpower, they were more powerful spiritually. In other words, their darkness would have overpowered the light of the Israelites had they been allowed to remain. These were not spiritually neutral nations. Satan had agendas from the very beginning to wipe out the Messianic line, and God knew which nations must go in order to preserve the line of Messiah. They could overpower Israel in many ways, but worst of all would be their pagan influence, which obviously the Israelites have a hard time staying away from.

Case in point, Solomon. In 1 Kings 11:1-4, we see the following: Now King Solomon loved many foreign women along with the daughter of Pharaoh: Moabite, Ammonite, Edomite, Sidonian, and Hittite women, from the nations concerning which the LORD had said to the sons of Israel, "You shall not associate with them, nor shall they associate with you, for they will surely turn your heart away after their gods." Solomon held fast to these in love. He had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines, and his wives turned his heart away. For when Solomon was old, his wives turned his heart away after other gods; and his heart was not wholly devoted to the LORD his God, as the heart of David his father had been.

Check out Psalm 78:51 He struck down all the firstborn of Egypt, the firstfruits of manhood in the tents of Ham. A huge observation about these nations God ordered destroyed was that most, if not all, came from the line of Ham (Noah's son). Ham appears to be where all the trouble started after Noah. In addition to these particular nations, Nimrod came from the line of Ham, a big player in the Tower of Babel and the Babylonian paganism that still reverberates till this day. There are many Bible teachers who believe that a seed/bloodline of Lucifer (Satan) was inserted into the human gene pool with Cain and revived itself in Ham's bloodline, again to destroy the Messianic bloodline. Along with this, both Cain and Ham are also believed to be the bloodline of the anti-Christ by many, and there are many interesting suggestions about the origins and happenings with both Ham and Cain if you pursue it on google. Wickipedia has more on the origin of the nations.

8:3 Yes, he humbled you by letting you go hungry... I have noticed throughout scripture that gluttony is related to pride, while hunger leads to humility. Hence the importance of fasting.

8:5 Just as a parent disciplines a child, the Lord your God disciplines you for your own good. Parents are expected to discipline our children. If we don't, they will not learn how to obey God.

8:7-9 For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land of flowing streams and pools of water, with fountains and springs that gush out in the valleys and hills. It is a land of wheat and barley; of grapevines, fig trees, and pomegranates; of olive oil and honey. It is a land where food is plentiful and nothing is lacking. God is good. When He provides for His children, He goes all the way. Can you imagine the next world? Obeying Him is more than worth the sacrifice!! Don't settle on the "other side."

8:10, 12, 14 When you have eaten your fill-don't let pride creep in. Pride will lead to independence, self-sufficiency, and an attitude of, "I don't need God's help."

8:16-18 beautiful!

REMEMBER-I counted 9 references (including the "do not forgets"). Do you think God's trying to tell us something? They say when He repeats something two or three times, He is really emphasizing a point.

Luke

7:37-38 One of the most intimate displays of worship and devotion in the whole Bible. When we are broken-we are a beautiful fragrance to God. We are quick to condemn Simon's attitude, but we think those kinds of critical thoughts about people all the time. Jesus was very gracious with His reply.

7:47 But a person who is forgiven little shows only a little love. Powerful and profound. He's not saying forgiven much from God's perspective but from man's realization. We all have been forgiven much but "Pharisee-type people" don't realize it. I wish we'd seen Simon's reaction!

Proverbs 12:1 To learn, you must love discipline; it is stupid to hate correction. Ouch!

There are no questions today.