September 4, 2020

Deuteronomy 2-5–From all the chapters I have read, Moses recounted all that God did for them, conquered the lands the two and half tribes now occupied, and how God displayed His glory among them. He told them that God did all these to show them He is the only God  both in Heaven and on earth. There has never been any of such displays in any nation before that time, therefore they should consider themselves blessed to be chosen to see all these. Therefore they should be careful to observe all that He has commanded them. He reminded them of the way He appeared to them in Horeb, with fire, cloud, darkness, and they heard His voice as He delivered the Ten Commandments and wrote them on two tablets of stone. Deuteronomy 5:32-33 now reads “Therefore you shall be careful to do as the LORD your God has commanded you, that you may live, and that it may be well with you, and that you may prolong your days in the land which you shall possess.

Moses, who was destined not to enter the promised land with them, tried all he could to repeat over and over again that the only way they can be successful and live long on the land  God has given them is to obey all that he had commanded them. If they are not careful enough to continue to fear this God, they too stand the chance of being destroyed as He destroyed the original occupants of the land.  Moses even told them because God is a merciful God, He would scatter them among all other nations where they would suffer and serve the gods of those nations, but if they repent, He would bring them back to their land again. Everything that Moses warned them not to do , they did and they were of course scattered all over the world. Today we know that there are Jews (as they are called) all over the world. Though some of them went back to occupy the land when the opportunity presented itself, but majority of them stayed among other nations till today.

This is just to make it clear to all of us living in any part of the globe that there is God in heaven, He is the God of the universe. He is called the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the ancestors of the children of Israel. He is the same God that came down through this lineage as Jesus Christ to save the whole world. Just as Moses taught these Jews over and over again, Jesus also made it known that the only way to Heaven is through obeying His statutes and ordinances. He preached that the kingdom of Heaven has been brought to us, just like God came down to make Himself known to the children of Israel. Hebrews 1:1-3 says “God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds, who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high..”  If those of us living today can listen to Jesus and follow what He says, I can assure you that the troubles we face will be reduced drastically. Not listening to Him, or giving our life to Him, has caused the whole world to be in the state that it is today. Chaos, confusion, unrest, uncertainty, sickness, sorrow, struggle, defeat, death are all marks of ungodliness. Read the Bible and you will have some understanding of why your life is the way it is. It is time for self examination. If your conscience does not condemn you, then you are on the right path. Otherwise let us make amends NOW before it is too late. Our Lord Jesus is coming soon, will He meet us READY for Him? I pray that He will meet us watching and waiting for Him like the five wise virgins in Jesus Name, Amen. Be blessed!!!

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