This week we read Deuteronomy 21-27. Deuteronomy was about the 3 speeches given by Moses to the Israelites prior to walking into the promise land. These speeches were reminders to the people about what God did for them and how God wanted them to love Him. God wanted them to love Him with all their heart, soul, and mind (chapter 6), and also obey his commands, which were many.
After reading all of these laws in Deuteronomy and reflecting on our previous readings a few months ago in Exodus, I thank God for the grace of Jesus Christ. Can you imagine being an Israelite in the days of the Old Testament? God said that if they obeyed his law, they would be blessed but if they did not obey His law, they would be cursed (Deuteronomy 5:33; 30:11-20 and 27:15-26) Deuteronomy 27:15-26).
It must have been very difficult for them to try and obey all of the laws. If they didn’t obey and they sinned, they had to give a sacrifice at the Tabernacle, and confess to the priest.
After Jesus came, the true purpose of the law was revealed. Romans 3:20 says “Therefore, no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.”
God knew that it would be impossible to follow the law perfectly. As we read the Old Testament, we can see why. Thus, the purpose of the law was to show people they were sinning.
Thankfully, the truth and grace of Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners. Remember what Romans said? We are all sinners and this separates us from a perfect God. The good news is: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16).
Thank you, Lord for the saving grace of your son Jesus Christ. We are all sinners and unable to keep all of your commands. We ask your forgiveness, and pray that you will give us the strength and desire to do your will. We love you Lord. Amen.
What are you thankful for? Make a list each day of at least 3 things you are thankful for.
Next week we will finish Deuteronomy by reading 28-34.