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Deuteronomy 7

This post is part of the Lent Reading Series

1. Who is God?

This passage shows off the jealousy of God for His people. The passage admonishes several times that they are to utterly destroy the people in the Promised Land because He doesn’t want the Jews following other gods (v1-5). He calls the Jews “…His treasured possession,” (v6) and wants them holy for Himself. This comes out of God’s faithfulness to fulfill His covenant with Abraham and his sons (v8).

God’s faithfulness is talked about further in the chapter when it talks about God delivering the enemies into the Jews hands. The Jewish nation is small but God is saying that He’s going to use them to destroy the nations in the Promised Land (v17-24).

God’s passion for us to know Him is on display most in this chapter. He wants to bless us and enjoy the relationship He originally intended for Man and God to have. He wants to show that He is for the Jews by giving them the ability to take out the nations that would be able to destroy them.

2. What has God done?

God has let the Jews know that the way is clear for them to enter the Promised Land. And it’s not because of anything that the Jews did; it’s because God is in control and He is initiating the action. God has taken the steps to bless the Jews in countless ways, all they need to do is walk in it.

3. Who are we?

In this passage, I think we’re the people that God is talking to. He has a promised land setup of abundant life in Him, and all we have to do is walk in it. Through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ our sin has already been defeated.

The nations that need defeating can be drawn as direct parallels to the sin in my own life. My pride, my addictions, my shame… These are all things that God has already defeated through the Cross but I am unwilling to walk in them. Sometimes I can remember that I am saved by grace and walk in that, other times I forget though. More often than not I forget.

It’s easy to just shove the Gospel aside and say “Now what?” but the Gospel is it. It’s the ONLY thing that really matters. We forget how much it cost God because of how lavishly grace has been poured out onto us. But that grace came at a terrible price.

My sins mock the death of Jesus. They show where my priorities in life truly lie.

But my sin shouldn’t drive me to despondency. My sin should help to point me back to Jesus. Having sin in my life is a constant, painful, reminder that I need Jesus and I can’t fix my relationship with Him under my own power.

Sin teaches me how much I need Jesus and reminds me that I have no choice but to rely on Him; just like the Jews that are being talked about in this passage.

4. What should we do?

We should respond by remembering what Jesus did for us and what it cost for Him to do it.

Lent

So Lent is upon us. The time where we abstain from something in order to draw ourselves closer to God. I have been told that you’re supposed to take the time that you would be doing that thing you’re abstaining from, and use it to pray and seek out God; to know Him more fully.

Knowing myself and my past experience with Lent, stopping doing something is easy (don’t drink pop for Lent for example) but replacing that item with prayer is very tough. I don’t know that I’ve ever successfully completed a Lent season of both denying myself and praying as a replacement for the thing I’ve been denying myself.

All that to say, this year I have decided to do things a little bit differently. Instead of taking something away and replacing it with prayer, I’m just simply adding prayer and bible reading time to my life.

Our church is currently going through a read the bible in a year plan. Thankfully it’s not the whole bible, just parts of the bible that highlight the redemptive story of God throughout history. I have wanted to participate in it for a long time but always found an excuse to not do it or I simply forgot, and forgot, and forgot. I kept forgetting until I didn’t think about it at all.

So my goal for Lent 2014 is to read the bible passages suggested in the reading plan, and then answer some of the questions that come with it. They will be a different blog post each day for each passage.

Hopefully I can keep up. I’ve never been very good and finishing challenges and it’d be really neat if this was one that I could complete. For a couple of different reasons:

1. I simply want to get to know God better.

I have done a horrible job of taking a hold of my faith and truly making it real in my life. Yes, I’ve done a lot of christianese things in my time but I haven’t ever really done anything to improve my faith life outside of going to church on Sunday. I hardly ever do a quiet time, and I hardly ever feel like I’m truly pursuing God in the every day life. My hope is that by reading the bible on a daily basis, I can start to really grasp what it means to be living under grace and how I can start sharing that grace with those around me.

2. I want to finish something

I’ve never been a good finisher. I have so many started and unfinished stories, it’s ridiculous. I haven’t felt a real sense of accomplishment in a very long time. Sure, I’ve finished projects for work but it’s been a long time since I’ve completed a project that I wanted to do just because I wanted to do it. I’d like to feel that again… Hopefully I will after Lent.

So that’s what’s going on here on my personal blog. If you’re reading this or a future update, feel free to comment and share your thoughts.