Bible Reading Blog — February 18, 2016

18 Feb

Today’s Readings — Deuteronomy 32-34 & Mark 9:38-41

Someone asked me the other day why Moses is still hanging on in Deuteronomy. Their initial reading of Numbers made them think that his story should have ended there. Well, finally in today’s readings we have the story of Moses’ death.

So why is Deuteronomy filled with so much repeated material, many of the same laws we saw in Exodus through Numbers, with the continuation of Moses’ story when it seemed to conclude in Numbers?

The short answer is that the people of the book of Deuteronomy are a different people than the people of Numbers. Remember, the people of Israel were sentenced to wander in the wilderness for forty years because of their unbelief and unwillingness to enter the Promised Land. So God judged that generation by causing them to wander in the wilderness until that generation died off. So Deuteronomy is the repetition of many of the laws to the new generation of Israel preparing to go into the land.

The other answer, which I also believe is a legitimate answer, is that God inspired the book of Deuteronomy with its large amount of repetition because God knows that we are prone to forget His commands. We need to be reminded often of God’s calling on our lives. So today, take the opportunities the Lord affords to you to remember His Word. We fail to live the Christian life so often because we fail to remember.

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