Chapter-a-Day: Deuteronomy 34

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Folks, if you’ve stuck with me this long, we have finished the entire Pentateuch! For me, these are some of the hardest chapters in the Bible in terms of understanding God and His purposes. Set in a time so different from our own, yet with people who are just as flawed and seeking and failing and needing redemption as we are today. This final chapter is Moses’ last scene, where God fulfills His promise to Moses to allow him to see the Promised Land, even though he will not enter in because of his disobedience.

It’s bittersweet, isn’t it? To think that Moses spent so many years serving the Lord, yet one mistake cost him such a great deal.

In our small group last night, we talked about Romans 6:36, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” Though the verse is probably familiar, how often do we behave in a way that suggests we don’t really believe the wages of sin is death? Or how often do we behave as if our hard work will earn eternal life, rather than it being a gift of God?

For Moses, the wages of his sin was death – death without reaching the full measure of what God desired to give him. What sin are we letting creep in and what blessing of the Lord is being cut out of our life as a result of failing to repent?

I happened on an even going on this week, and I hope you’ll join me in it. It’s called a Week of Repentance. This is a grass roots effort to call the people of God to unite in examining our own hearts and repenting of the sin God reveals there. Second Chronicles 7:14 says, “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land,” and of course, there are many ways in which our land needs God’s healing hand right now – from hurricane damage, to wildfires, to racial division and injustice.

But more importantly, each of us needs healing. Whether you’ve never been introduced to God or been following God since you could walk, we all can benefit from a season of reflection and repentance. Go to https://weekofrepentance.com/ to join me for this free event. My posts the rest of this week will be based on the action guide found (free) there.

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