March 2

Read Deuteronomy 3 -- 4

In Today 's Reading:

Division of the land east of Jordan; Moses' prayer; cities of refuge established east of Jordan

Moses reminded the new generation of Israelites that living according to God's word would bring lasting fulfillment. He began to explain the law that God had given their parents 40 years earlier at Mount Sinai (Deuteronomy 1:3-5). To explain this law meant more than merely "repeating" the law; it meant to "explain its meaning." Moses' first message highlighted the importance of keeping all the word of God, that you may live, and enter and take possession of the land. . . . keep the commands of the LORD your God. . . . follow them, for this will show your wisdom and understanding. . . . For what great nation is there whose gods are near it in the way the LORD our God is near us (4:1-7).

That you may live (4:1) meant that the Israelites would enjoy the best in life. The one essential requirement for remaining in the land of promise was obedience to God's word. He warned them that when you . . . do what is evil in the LORD's sight. . . . you will surely be destroyed (4:25-26). God has also said to seek after Him with all your heart and soul (4:29).

Obedience to the one true God would have enabled Israel to be successful, and morally and spiritually unique among all other nations.

We too need a daily reminder to take heed, watch yourselves carefully, lest you forget the things you have seen, so that they do not depart from your mind. . . . Teach them to your children and your grandchildren (4:9)

Children begin developing respect for God by first being taught to behave in a respectful way toward their parents. Unfortunately, unless children learn respect for their parents, they seldom learn to respect and obey God, who said: Teach a youth about the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it (Proverbs 22:6).

The Bible provides our only source of knowing the will and character of our Creator. Keep His statutes and commands which I am giving you this day, so that it will go well for you and your children after you (Deuteronomy 4:40).

Christ Portrayed:

By Joshua, who led the Israelites into their inheritance (Deuteronomy 3:28). Through Jesus we receive an inheritance of His abundance. Through Jesus we receive His promised share among those who are sanctified by faith in Me (Acts 26:18).

Prayer Needs:

Government Officials: Rep. Rosa DeLauro (CT) and Sen. Russell Feingold (WI) · Seychelles (79,000) a group of islands in the Indian Ocean between Madagascar and India · Major languages: English and French · Religious freedom · 89% Roman Catholic; 8% Protestant · Prayer Suggestion: Praise the Lord for His mercy and loving-kindness (Psalms 86:15).

Optional Reading: Luke 17

Memory Verse for the Week: Matthew 5:13