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Living by the Word

Today’s Scripture: Deuteronomy 1-4
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“When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear your name, O Lord God Almighty.” – Jeremiah 15:16

In the first few chapters of Deuteronomy, as the people of God stand on the brink of the Promised Land, they are faced with a formidable foe. Their instructions do not concern the strategy and tactics of battle, but their duty to God. Why? Because if they would walk with God in obedience and faith, and keep themselves in the light of His favor and blessing, He would go before them–He would fight for them and settle them securely in the land He’d promised to faithful Abraham many years before.

The book of Deuteronomy gives one of the clearest pictures in Scripture of the importance God places on His Word. For instance, we are told that when the nation was given a king, he was to write out a copy of the Word of God with his own hand and read it every day of his life. When the people passed over Jordan, it was to be written on huge stones for the people to see–sort of like billboards along the highway. God’s Word was to be read publicly at the Feast of Tabernacles by the priests to all the assembly of Israel.

Jesus, our role model, knew the Word. When He was tempted by Satan in the wilderness, all of His answers came from the pages of Scripture–in fact, from the book of Deuteronomy.

This fifth book of the Old Testament shows us the sort of attention God wants all His people to pay to the Scriptures. We are to learn His Word, remember His Word, and obey it.

God always keeps His Word. His people must do the same.


Lord, thank You that by the Holy Spirit’s power Your Word gives me greater insights into Your heart and purposes. Amen.

To Ponder

If we are ignorant of God’s Word, how can we recognize and enjoy the promises He has made to us?

(The Navigators)