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Series Theme: FRAMEWORKS: Deuteronomy

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CONTEXT

Part 2: Ch.5-11 Moses brings Encouragements

Ch.5 – Reminders of the Ten Commandments

Ch.6 – Remember & Keep the Commands

Ch.7 – Make Sure you Clear the Land

Ch.8 – Helps to Remember the Lord

Ch.9 – Recognise your Vulnerability

Ch.10 – Reassurances

Ch.11 – More Encouragements

   

 

FRAMEWORKS: Deuteronomy 8: Helps to Remember the Lord

 

v.1 The Basic Call

v.2-5 Remember what God did with you, disciplining and training you

v.6-11 Never forget in your eventual prosperity that God gave you this land

v.12-17 Beware the Dangers of Affluence

v.18-20 Come out from behind that Complacency & remember the truth

 

 

v.1 The Basic Call

 

v.1 Be careful to follow every command I am giving you today, so that you may live and increase and may enter and possess the land the Lord promised on oath to your ancestors.

 

[Notes: Remember what we said in the Introduction, this call to follow every command occurs at least 26 times in this book. Moses is going to a great deal of trouble – time and effort – to convey these things to this people before he dies. Their future hangs on obedience to God's instructions, it is literally a matter of life and death.]

 

 

v.2-5 Remember what God did with you, disciplining and training you

 

v.2 Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands.

v.3 He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord .

v.4 Your clothes did not wear out and your feet did not swell during these forty years.

v.5 Know then in your heart that as a man disciplines his son, so the Lord your God disciplines you.

 

[Notes: Never forget the forty year wilderness experience because as every person died off, the lesson was being drummed in that much more. This was God disciplining you, training you to understand the nature of the unique people you are called to be. In the midst of all the trials you encountered you should have learned that He is there for you, providing for you always.]

 

 

v.6-11 Never forget in your eventual prosperity that God gave you this land

 

v.6 Observe the commands of the Lord your God, walking in obedience to him and revering him.

v.7 For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land—a land with brooks, streams, and deep springs gushing out into the valleys and hills;

v.8 a land with wheat and barley, vines and fig trees, pomegranates, olive oil and honey;

v.9 a land where bread will not be scarce and you will lack nothing; a land where the rocks are iron and you can dig copper out of the hills.

v.10 When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you.

v.11 Be careful that you do not forget the Lord your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day.

 

[Notes: But again I remind you of the dangers of being on the receiving end of His blessings, all of His wonderful provision for you. In your prosperity and affluence never forget where it comes from!]

 

 

v.12-17 Beware the Dangers of Affluence

 

v.12 Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down,

v.13 and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied,

v.14 then your heart will become proud and you will forget the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.

v.15 He led you through the vast and dreadful wilderness, that thirsty and waterless land, with its venomous snakes and scorpions. He brought you water out of hard rock.

v.16 He gave you manna to eat in the wilderness, something your ancestors had never known, to humble and test you so that in the end it might go well with you.

v.17 You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.”

 

[Notes: Indeed as you enjoy all of His provisions, watch your flocks and herds increase, and you become more and more affluent, the danger is that that will deceive you into being proud and attributing it to your own efforts. It will be so easy to forget it is all the result of God freeing you from Egypt and bringing you here and blessing you here, leading you through the wilderness and providing for you there as He sought to teach you to trust Him.]

 

 

v.18-20 Come out from behind that Complacency & remember the truth

 

v.18 But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.

v.19 If you ever forget the Lord your God and follow other gods and worship and bow down to them, I testify against you today that you will surely be destroyed.

v.20 Like the nations the Lord destroyed before you, so you will be destroyed for not obeying the Lord your God.

 

[Notes: So when that future prosperity comes don't forget your history with the Lord, the covenant He's made with you to bless you. Your side of that was to obey Him [Ex 19:5] but if you forget that, be sure it will all go wrong and will end in your destruction; it is that simple!]

   

  

 

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