I’m in day 10 of my 90 day Bible reading challenge.  This section was the last third of Deuteronomy (mostly). The Book of Deuteronomy was a restatement of the Law—given originally in Exodus/Leviticus—for a new generation, the generation that was about to enter the Promised Land.  The Essential Bible Companion lists several key teachings about God in Deuteronomy:

  1. God is faithful and expects his people to be faithful
  2. God is One
  3. God is concerned with justice
  4. God blesses those who are faithful (to him and to the law) and punishes those who disobey.

There were a couple of things that I hadn’t noticed before about this section of Deuteronomy:

  1. Instructions to (a future king) – “When he sits on the throne as king, he must copy for himself this body of instruction on a scroll in the presence of the Levitical priests. He must always keep that copy with him and read it daily as long as he lives. That way he will learn to fear the Lord his God by obeying all the terms of these instructions and decrees. ” (Deut 17. 18-19, NLT) – I can’t think of a better reason for daily Bible reading for every believer.
  2. There is an interesting instruction given to every Israelite as Moses restates the Law for a new generation: “If you see that your neighbor’s donkey or ox has collapsed on the road, do not look the other way. Go and help your neighbor get it back on its feet! “ (Deut 22.4, NLT) – I’m sure that this command extends beyond farm animals to anytime one’s neighbor obviously needs help. Christians, of all people, ought to be known for our willingness to lend a hand when it is needed.