A good land to be possessed; warning against forgetting the Lord; judgment upon the Canaanites; Israel’s rebellion and Moses’ intercessory prayer; second tables of stone; the Lord’s requirements of Israel.
And He humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that He might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live (Deut. 8:3).
Jesus began His earthly ministry by quoting from Deuteronomy: Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God (Matthew 4:4; compare Deuteronomy 8:3). This was His response to Satan, who tempted Jesus to make bread for Himself from stones after His 40-day fast in the desert by saying: If Thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread (Matthew 4:3), meaning: "Prove that you are the Son of God by turning these stones into bread to satisfy your hunger."
False prophets will quote Scripture (out of context) to support their agendas. Satan quoted Scripture, but only the portion that would apply to his temptation. Jesus again quoted Deuteronomy after the second temptation, saying: It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God (4:7; Deuteronomy 6:16). By “quoting” Scripture, Satan attempted to lure Jesus into using His Deity to satisfy His physical need, and consequently disqualify Himself to redeem sinners. But Jesus turned again to Scripture and replied: It is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve (Matthew 4:10; Deuteronomy 6:13).
Throughout His ministry, Jesus set an example for us by answering His critics with the Scripture's of God. Christ gave us this reminder: He that hath My Commandments, and keepeth (obeys) them, he it is that loveth Me. . . . If a man love Me, he will keep My words (John 14:21-23).
A vital key to overcoming Satan is knowing God’s Word. Through such knowledge we are empowered. For the Word of God is quick (living), and powerful (Hebrews 4:12). It is the means Jesus used to defeat Satan, and it can be just as powerful for us today. As we continue reading all of God’s Word, we ask the Holy Spirit to guide us and help us bring it to our minds when it is needed.
We need to remember Moses’ warning to Israel: Beware that thou forget not the Lord thy God, in not keeping His Commandments. . . . And thou say in thine heart (to yourself), My power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth. But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is He that giveth thee power to get wealth (Deuteronomy 8:11,17-18).
What doth the Lord thy God require of thee, but to fear the Lord thy God, to walk in all His ways, and to love Him, and to serve the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul, To keep the Commandments of the Lord . . . for thy good (benefit)? (Deuteronomy 10:12-13).
Thought for Today:
Knowing God's Word reveals that fulfillment can come only by our loving obedience to Him.
10:16 Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, the physical symbol of Israel’s separation, circumcision, was to be a symbol of their love, submission, and loyalty to God; stiffnecked, stubborn and hardened.
Pray for Internet Radio: in Memory of Lester and Mary Loutzenkiser • Pray for Country: Hong Kong (7 million) in eastern Asia • Major languages: Chinese and English • Limited religious freedom • 90% Chinese religions; 10% Protestant • Prayer Suggestion: Lift up your heart to God in prayer (Lamentations 3:41).
Optional Reading: >Luke 19
Memory Verse for the Week: Philippians 2:13