Deuteronomy is a sermon given by Moses on his last day on earth discussing one of the most critical issues—what it means to love God. As believers, we cannot afford to take for granted the definition of “loving God.” Too often we allow the world or our feelings to define what it means to love someone, including God. The theme of obedience is in Deuteronomy. Moses issued a call to obedience, commitment, righteousness, and to holiness. Moses taught that blessings, both temporal and spiritual, follow those who answer that call and, conversely, that punishments and misery come to those who do not heed it. The consequences of disobedience in Deuteronomy, “The Lord will send upon you curses, confusion, and rebuke, in all you undertake to do, until you are destroyed and until you perish quickly, on account of the evil of your deeds, because you have forsaken Me.” The core of Deuteronomy is the covenant that binds Yahweh and Israel by oaths of fidelity and obedience. God will give Israel blessings of the land, fertility, and prosperity so long as Israel is faithful to God’s teaching; disobedience will lead to curses and punishment. Moses’s motivational sermon is urging Israel’s faithful obedience to the covenant laws given 40 years previously at Sinai.
Israel’s Failure At Kadesh Barnea
Two significant events that occurred at Kadesh Barnea was the Israelites’ faithless refusal to possess the Promised Land and their opposition to Moses for not having enough water. These two events are marked by unbelief, grumbling, and disobedience. Deuteronomy teaches us that disobedience let fear keep them from taking the Promised Land and that the cost of disobedience varies with each wrong act.
How The Lesson Of Deuteronomy Still Applies Today
We must be obedient to God’s laws. Along the way, the people complained and disobeyed. God provided food and water to help sustain them, yet they still didn’t follow his directions. Because of their attitude and self-made setbacks, it took the Israelites 40 years to reach the Promised Land, and by the time they got there, only two had made it. How much is disobedience costing you today? Our disobedience is painful; it stunts our growth, and it hurts those around us. But thank God that His promises are never affected by our disobedience. He is faithful, and His mercy is new every morning. So let us run to our God of grace, repent of sin, and pursue righteousness by the power of the Holy Spirit.
What Can We Learn From The Israelites Who Wandered The Desert For 40 Years?
The way to our promised land is not always easy, in fact, it rarely is. But it’s worth it. God had promised his people a land that would be full of blessings. But the way there would stretch their faith and lead them through journeys where they’d have to depend on God like never before. Maybe you feel like the blessing is too long in coming, or maybe you feel like giving up. Be assured again today that God is faithful, and he will use all things to strengthen our faith and bring goodness to his people. Stay strong and keep pressing through.
If you read over and over again this simple truth: God blesses obedience, and He judges disobedience. If the people obeyed God fully, He would bless them in the city and in the country, granting them children, crops, livestock, and food.
About Jesus Love Temple
Evangelismania – We are a lively church focused on spreading the Gospel message into the entire world! Evangelismania was a term given to Pastor Shockley by God. It is a theme for our church’s strategy of…
- Taking every possible opportunity to share the gospel message of Jesus Christ to the lost.
- Taking every possible opportunity to invite someone to church
- Living a Christian life that shines the Light of Christ and supports church evangelism
- We believe God wants us to help those in need. At Jesus Love Temple YOU are important!
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