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Bible Reading Commitment, Encouragement, and Challenge

February 28 – Deuteronomy 3-4

Observe with some (Interpretation in Parentheses)

  • Deuteronomy is Moses last book, and it is his finals speeches to Israel before he dies and transfers leadership authority to Joshua to lead Israel into the Promised Land.
  • In chapter 3:23-29, Moses recounts how his sin against God prevented him from entering the Promised Land.
  • (Sin is serious, especially sin among leaders.)
  • Given Moses’ monumental role in leading Israel out of slavery thus far, his death could have caused disaster to the unity of the Israelites and their confidence to enter the land.
  • But God provides another leader to lead them into His promises, and God clearly, in front of all the people, transfers leadership to Joshua.
  • (God provides leadership for His people!)
  • (God’s provision of leadership for His people reflect the reality that ultimately, He is leading His people – the earthly leaders are merely His instruments of grace)
  • (We are to put our hope, not in the earthly leader, but in God!)

How Points to Christ

  • Joshua’s name means “Jehovah is salvation,” – pointing to Jesus, the ultimate Joshua (Yeshua).
  • Jesus leads God’s people to God’s promised land in heaven.

Apply

  • As a pastor and leader of my church, I must be careful to regularly do at least two things.
  • First, be careful to watch my life and doctrine carefully – sin is serious, particularly for leaders, and it has disastrous consequences, not just for my life.
  • Second, be careful to always be a mirror, so that people would put their hope, not in me, but in God.
  • I must always decrease so that Christ may increase!
  • Please pray that I would be diligent to apply at least both of these regularly in my life.

 

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May God increase our desire for His glory to spread to all nations and peoples – Joshua Project!

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Bible Reading Commitment, Encouragement, and Challenge

February 27 – Deuteronomy 1-2

Observe with some (Interpretation in Parentheses)

  • Deuteronomy is Moses last book, and it is his finals speeches to Israel before he dies and transfers leadership authority to Joshua to lead Israel into the Promised Land.
  • And in his last words to Israel, Moses gives powerful, motivational speeches.
  • But, Moses’ motivational speeches are very different than the ones in our day and age.
  • The focus of Moses’ motivational speeches is history.
  • (All history is God’s history, and Moses knows that true motivation can only come when we have an accurate view of God!)
  • And so in the beginning, in verse 8, Moses directs the people to the Promised Land and motivates them by pointing to God’s promises to Abraham to give him possession of the Land.
  • (The people’s confidence were not to be in themselves, but in the God of history, who made a promise to Abraham in the past, and who is faithful to keep His promises in history)
  • (And, the people were not to conquer the land in order to obtain God’s promise)
  • (The people were to conquer the land BECAUSE of God’s promise)
  • (People don’t act to obtain God’s grace)
  • (People are to act because of God’s grace)

How Points to Christ

  • God’s promise to Abraham finds its ultimate fulfillment in Jesus.
  • And the land promise to Abraham is ultimately a heavenly one where Jesus dwells.
  • In Hebrews 11 – it says that by faith, Abraham looked forward to another country, a heavenly one.
  • All of God’s promises point to Jesus!

Apply

  • I can NEVER do enough good works to “earn” God’s grace.
  • I only work BECAUSE of God’s undeserved grace in the Redeemer He promised, Jesus Christ.
  • If I do any work thinking I can earn God’s favor, then I dishonor Him and demean Jesus, who accomplished salvation in full through His life, death and resurrection.
  • Please pray that I would always and only put my hope in the Gospel
  • And please pray that I would never abuse God’s Gospel and presume upon God’s grace and not strive hard for righteousness.
  • Works do not save be, but God has saved me through Christ FOR good works!

 

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May God increase our desire for His glory to spread to all nations and peoples – Joshua Project!

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Religion: Ethnic Religions

Evangelical: 0.00%

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Bible Reading Commitment, Encouragement, and Challenge

February 26 – Numbers 35-36

Observe with some (Interpretation in Parentheses)

  • In chapter 35, God gives cities to the Levites to dwell in so that they can focus and be faithful to their task.
  • God also provides cities of refuge for anyone who kills another to flee.
  • God is the one who provides the rules, and He is clear that planned or premeditated killing is murder and deserves the death penalty.
  • Killings that are not planned or the result of an accident have one option for safety, the cities of refuge that God provides.
  • He is not innocent, but God provides one option for refuge.
  • Why does God gives these clear instructions?
  • 35:34 says, “You shall not defile the land in which you live, in the midst of which I DWELL, for I the LORD DWELL in the midst of the people of Israel.”
  • (The Promised Land is the holy, not because it is holy by nature, but because GOD DWELLS with His people)
  • (And God is holy and opposed to sin and death)
  • The man who killed unintentionally or by accident is only protected if he stays in the city of refuge until the death of the High Priest.
  • (The High Priest’s death is what provides atonement for the killer)

How Points to Christ

  • Jesus is the Ultimate High Priest who provides refuge for sinners
  • Jesus is the Ultimate High Priest whose death provides atonement, so that sinners can live in freedom.
  • These cities of refuge pointed to Jesus as the only one who can cover the sins of a sinner.

Apply

  • Sin is serious.  Only the DEATH of God’s precious, beloved Son was worthy and sufficient to provide atonement.
  • Please pray that I would recognize the seriousness of my sin, that I would hate it and run away from it.
  • And please pray that in gratitude, I would long for holiness – because of Christ, God dwells within me.
  • I am God’s holy child, not because of my worth or my intrinsic holiness, but because God chose to dwell in me through Jesus Christ.
  • May I reflect His holiness to the world for God’s glory alone!

 

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May God increase our desire for His glory to spread to all nations and peoples – Joshua Project!

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Population: 1,074,000

Language: Fulfulde, Maasina

Religion: Islam

Evangelical: 0.75%

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Bible Reading Commitment, Encouragement, and Challenge

February 25 – Numbers 33-34

Observe with some (Interpretation in Parentheses)

  • In chapter 33, as Israel is about to cross the Jordan and enter the Promised Land, Moses recounts Israel’s journey out of Egypt to where they are now.
  • (God is faithful to His promises!)
  • (As they enter the Promised Land, God wants to remind them that their entrance is because of His promise and His provision, not because of their power.)
  • (God is the one who led them by cloud and fire to each of these campsites.)
  • (God is the one who provided them food and water throughout all these journeys)
  • (God is the one who granted military victory over several of the kings of the land)
  • (God is able to bring them into the Promised Land)

How Points to Christ

  • All of God’s provisions point ultimately to Jesus.
  • All of God’s promises find their fulfillment and yes in Jesus.
  • God gives us His blessings, not because of our power or worth, but because God decided to make promises to bless all the nations through Jesus, and God is faithful to keep His promises.

Apply

  • God is faithful!  I can trust Him and His Word and His promises!
  • Please pray that I would trust Him and not doubt His faithfulness and be discouraged or depressed.
  • And please pray that I would be a man of fervent prayer, praying according to all of God’s promises.

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