Don’t make the same mistakes (Deuteronomy 1-2)

“Yet you would not go up, but rebelled against the command of the Lord your God.”  Deuteronomy 1:26

It is finally here, the day I have been looking forward too!!!  You ask, “What day are you speaking about?”  The day we start reading the book of Deuteronomy.

This is the last book of the Law written by Moses.   This is God’s second giving of the Law.  Before us will be three major addresses by Moses in the days just before his death and the big D day invasion of the Promised Land.

We will see Israel’s past and her present.  She will be instructed in how to defeat her enemies and how she is to live in the land of Promise.  We will read the law and we will read the laws of daily life.  We will receive a final charge from Moses and we will finally set our sights to God’s people’s promised Land story ( i.e. the book of Joshua).

In chapters 1 and 2 we read of both a tragic mistake (Chapter 1) and the glorious news of a New day (Chapter 2).

For our time I want to focus on chapter 1 as we hear the cry of Moses: “Do not make the same mistakes.”

  • Moses reminds Israel of her grave mistake in disobeying God’s command, Vs: 1-33
    • God said:
      • See; go; take possession; and do not fear. Vs: 30
    • Israel said:
      • We do not trust you Lord.


  • Moses reminds Israel of Gods judgment for Her mistake, Vs: 34-46
    • All over the age of 20 will die in their rebellion.

This chapter leads me to realize how my past was filled with rebellion.  This chapter leads me to rejoice in the grace of God that led me to see the correct way to live.  This chapter leads me to be resolved to never go back to a life of rebellion.

This was David’s realization and resolve in Psalm 51:10-13

Psalm 51:10-13New American Standard Bible (NASB)

10 Create [a]in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew [b]a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me away from Your presence
And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of Your salvation
And sustain me with a willing spirit.
13 Then I will teach transgressors Your ways,
And sinners will [c]be converted to You.

In Christ we are brought to a clean heart (II Corinthians 5:10).  In Christ we experience the grace of God even when we fail (I John 1:9).  In Christ we experience the conviction and direction of the Holy Spirit (John 16:9-11).  In Christ we are empowered to teach others the way (I Timothy 1:15-16).

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