March 1, 2007
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- And Moses called all Israel, and said unto them, Hear, O Israel, the statutes and judgments which I speak in your ears this day, that ye may learn them, and keep, and do them.
- The LORD our God made a covenant with us in Horeb.
- The LORD made not this covenant with our fathers, but with us, even us, who are all of us here alive this day.
- The LORD talked with you face to face in the mount out of the midst of the fire,
- (I stood between the LORD and you at that time, to shew you the word of the LORD: for ye were afraid by reason of the fire, and went not up into the mount;) saying,
- I am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.
- Thou shalt have none other gods before me.
- Thou shalt not make thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the waters beneath the earth:
- Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me,
- And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments.
- Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
- Keep the sabbath day to sanctify it, as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee.
- Six days thou shalt labour, and do all thy work:
- But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, nor thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thine ox, nor thine ass, nor any of thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates; that thy manservant and thy maidservant may rest as well as thou.
- And remember that thou wast a servant in the land of Egypt, and that the LORD thy God brought thee out thence through a mighty hand and by a stretched out arm: therefore the LORD thy God commanded thee to keep the sabbath day.
- Honour thy father and thy mother, as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee; that thy days may be prolonged, and that it may go well with thee, in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
- Thou shalt not kill.
- Neither shalt thou commit adultery.
- Neither shalt thou steal.
- Neither shalt thou bear false witness against thy neighbour.
- Neither shalt thou desire thy neighbour's wife, neither shalt thou covet thy neighbour's house, his field, or his manservant, or his maidservant, his ox, or his ass, or any thing that is thy neighbour's.
- These words the LORD spake unto all your assembly in the mount out of the midst of the fire, of the cloud, and of the thick darkness, with a great voice: and he added no more. And he wrote them in two tables of stone, and delivered them unto me.
- And it came to pass, when ye heard the voice out of the midst of the darkness, (for the mountain did burn with fire,) that ye came near unto me, even all the heads of your tribes, and your elders;
- And ye said, Behold, the LORD our God hath shewed us his glory and his greatness, and we have heard his voice out of the midst of the fire: we have seen this day that God doth talk with man, and he liveth.
- Now therefore why should we die? for this great fire will consume us: if we hear the voice of the LORD our God any more, then we shall die.
- For who is there of all flesh, that hath heard the voice of the living God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as we have, and lived?
- Go thou near, and hear all that the LORD our God shall say: and speak thou unto us all that the LORD our God shall speak unto thee; and we will hear it, and do it.
- And the LORD heard the voice of your words, when ye spake unto me; and the LORD said unto me, I have heard the voice of the words of this people, which they have spoken unto thee: they have well said all that they have spoken.
- O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever!
- Go say to them, Get you into your tents again.
- But as for thee, stand thou here by me, and I will speak unto thee all the commandments, and the statutes, and the judgments, which thou shalt teach them, that they may do them in the land which I give them to possess it.
- Ye shall observe to do therefore as the LORD your God hath commanded you: ye shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left.
- Ye shall walk in all the ways which the LORD your God hath commanded you, that ye may live, and that it may be well with you, and that ye may prolong your days in the land which ye shall possess.
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- Now these are the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments, which the LORD your God commanded to teach you, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go to possess it:
- That thou mightest fear the LORD thy God, to keep all his statutes and his commandments, which I command thee, thou, and thy son, and thy son's son, all the days of thy life; and that thy days may be prolonged.
- Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do it; that it may be well with thee, and that ye may increase mightily, as the LORD God of thy fathers hath promised thee, in the land that floweth with milk and honey.
- Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:
- And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
- And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:
- And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
- And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.
- And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.
- And it shall be, when the LORD thy God shall have brought thee into the land which he sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give thee great and goodly cities, which thou buildedst not,
- And houses full of all good things, which thou filledst not, and wells digged, which thou diggedst not, vineyards and olive trees, which thou plantedst not; when thou shalt have eaten and be full;
- Then beware lest thou forget the LORD, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.
- Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God, and serve him, and shalt swear by his name.
- Ye shall not go after other gods, of the gods of the people which are round about you;
- (For the LORD thy God is a jealous God among you) lest the anger of the LORD thy God be kindled against thee, and destroy thee from off the face of the earth.
- Ye shall not tempt the LORD your God, as ye tempted him in Massah.
- Ye shall diligently keep the commandments of the LORD your God, and his testimonies, and his statutes, which he hath commanded thee.
- And thou shalt do that which is right and good in the sight of the LORD: that it may be well with thee, and that thou mayest go in and possess the good land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers,
- To cast out all thine enemies from before thee, as the LORD hath spoken.
- And when thy son asketh thee in time to come, saying, What mean the testimonies, and the statutes, and the judgments, which the LORD our God hath commanded you?
- Then thou shalt say unto thy son, We were Pharaoh's bondmen in Egypt; and the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand:
- And the LORD shewed signs and wonders, great and sore, upon Egypt, upon Pharaoh, and upon all his household, before our eyes:
- And he brought us out from thence, that he might bring us in, to give us the land which he sware unto our fathers.
- And the LORD commanded us to do all these statutes, to fear the LORD our God, for our good always, that he might preserve us alive, as it is at this day.
- And it shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments before the LORD our God, as he hath commanded us.
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- When the LORD thy God shall bring thee into the land whither thou goest to possess it, and hath cast out many nations before thee, the Hittites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and mightier than thou;
- And when the LORD thy God shall deliver them before thee; thou shalt smite them, and utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor shew mercy unto them:
- Neither shalt thou make marriages with them; thy daughter thou shalt not give unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son.
- For they will turn away thy son from following me, that they may serve other gods: so will the anger of the LORD be kindled against you, and destroy thee suddenly.
- But thus shall ye deal with them; ye shall destroy their altars, and break down their images, and cut down their groves, and burn their graven images with fire.
- For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth.
- The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people:
- But because the LORD loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the LORD brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.
- Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;
- And repayeth them that hate him to their face, to destroy them: he will not be slack to him that hateth him, he will repay him to his face.
- Thou shalt therefore keep the commandments, and the statutes, and the judgments, which I command thee this day, to do them.
- Wherefore it shall come to pass, if ye hearken to these judgments, and keep, and do them, that the LORD thy God shall keep unto thee the covenant and the mercy which he sware unto thy fathers:
- And he will love thee, and bless thee, and multiply thee: he will also bless the fruit of thy womb, and the fruit of thy land, thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep, in the land which he sware unto thy fathers to give thee.
- Thou shalt be blessed above all people: there shall not be male or female barren among you, or among your cattle.
- And the LORD will take away from thee all sickness, and will put none of the evil diseases of Egypt, which thou knowest, upon thee; but will lay them upon all them that hate thee.
- And thou shalt consume all the people which the LORD thy God shall deliver thee; thine eye shall have no pity upon them: neither shalt thou serve their gods; for that will be a snare unto thee.
- If thou shalt say in thine heart, These nations are more than I; how can I dispossess them?
- Thou shalt not be afraid of them: but shalt well remember what the LORD thy God did unto Pharaoh, and unto all Egypt;
- The great temptations which thine eyes saw, and the signs, and the wonders, and the mighty hand, and the stretched out arm, whereby the LORD thy God brought thee out: so shall the LORD thy God do unto all the people of whom thou art afraid.
- Moreover the LORD thy God will send the hornet among them, until they that are left, and hide themselves from thee, be destroyed.
- Thou shalt not be affrighted at them: for the LORD thy God is among you, a mighty God and terrible.
- And the LORD thy God will put out those nations before thee by little and little: thou mayest not consume them at once, lest the beasts of the field increase upon thee.
- But the LORD thy God shall deliver them unto thee, and shall destroy them with a mighty destruction, until they be destroyed.
- And he shall deliver their kings into thine hand, and thou shalt destroy their name from under heaven: there shall no man be able to stand before thee, until thou have destroyed them.
- The graven images of their gods shall ye burn with fire: thou shalt not desire the silver or gold that is on them, nor take it unto thee, lest thou be snared therein: for it is an abomination to the LORD thy God.
- Neither shalt thou bring an abomination into thine house, lest thou be a cursed thing like it: but thou shalt utterly detest it, and thou shalt utterly abhor it; for it is a cursed thing.
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Thought for the day:
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The word "Deuteronomy" means "second law". Much of the book contains a repetition of the laws that were originally given at Mt. Sinai, with certain additions made to them. The question could be asked as to why God would take the time to repeat all the ordinances that He had already established. The answer probably is that almost every person who had been around to hear the law given the first time was dead. Therefore, God wanted to make sure that His children received their instructions a second time directly from Him. He did not want the instruction of His people to be left totally to the whims and memories of a few, but to be anchored in His Word.
It is important to know the Word of God firsthand. Because of this need, our Lord has seen to it that we know exactly what He has said through the spiritual processes of Inspiration and Preservation. These two concepts are completely Scriptural.
II Tim 3:16-17 states
"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works".
God gave us the Bible through the process of inspiration. In these verses He gives two reasons why this happened. First, it is because His Word is profitable for mankind. It tells us what to believe, It corrects us when we sin, It leads us into how to solve our problems, and It teaches us how to live righteously before God. Second, it brings the Christian to completeness, and it furnishes him with all that he needs to be an acceptable servant to Christ. The process of inspiration was accomplished in the following manner:
"For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost," (
II Peter 1:21).
The Holy Spirit of God worked in the hearts and hands of men in such a way that they wrote down, word for word, exactly what God wanted them to.
Proverbs 30:5 tells us that
"Every word of God is pure."
This purity of Scripture comes from God's perfect plan of Inspiration.
God also preserved His Scriptures. The doctrine of preservation has been repudiated by many in recent years. Even so-called Biblicists and Baptists are back-tracking from this precious truth. But it is Truth none the less.
Psalm 12:6-7 says,
"The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever."
God's words as originally inspired were certainly pure. However, if those very words are not preserved for us today, how can we really know what it was that God said? Many today, even in fundamentalist circles, are claiming that we do not have the exact Word of God, and that the best we can hope for is to attempt to somehow re-create It in a form somewhat similar to the original. Does this sound like a proper interpretation of the verses above? Was God's pure Word only for those who read it when it was first penned, and thus all those who have existed since that time can only hope that they have the general ideas that God wished to convey? Read
Psalm 12 again:
"The words of the Lord are pure words...Thou shalt keep them, O Lord, Thou shalt preserve them from this generation forever."
God's Word was not lost centuries ago. We do not have to hope that we have It. Our holy God has promised to preserve It forever. And since Jesus in
John 12:48 said that
"the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day",
it becomes obvious that the Lord has given us His exact words, or else how could we be held accountable for them?
God found it necessary to repeat His law to His people after a gap of only forty years. He knew that it was important for each generation to possess the Word of God. He did not fail the Jews, and He has not failed us. When you read the Scripture passage above, or any other passage that you receive in this devotional guide, you can rest assured that it is the inspired, preserved Word of God in the English language, and that it should be trusted and followed.
Pastor Dr. Mark J Montgomery