Sept. 30, 2014
Deuteronomy 4-Part 1
Take heed to yourselves...Deuteronomy 4:9,15,23
LET IT GLOW
Listen, you might learn something. You live and learn (from mistakes, hopefully). How many times have we heard those phrases? Parents and adults tried to instruct us when we were growing up. Chances are, none of us heeded it all. We had to find out on our own. Learn from our own mistakes.
Moses was trying to remind Israel to obey God when they entered the Promised Land and He would bless them.
What was Moses trying to teach this second generation of Israelites?
1. Listen and Learn
Successful conquest and full enjoyment of life in the land was based on submission to
God's law. Statutes were permanent rules for conduct fixed by the reigning authority, while
the second deal with judicial decisions which served as precedents for future
2. Live and Learn
God's Word given through Moses was complete and sufficient to direct the people. The
should learn from the rebellion of the first generation. It cost them entrance into the
Promised Land and their very lives.
3. Lead and Learn
The purpose of the law was to make Israel morally and spiritually unique among all the
nations and draw those nations to the true and living God. They were from their beginnings
to be a witness nation. Their obedience of God's law would provide a testimony to the world
that God was near to His people and that His laws were righteous. Fear and reverence God
was the basic lesson for Israel to learn. (MacArthur)
LET IT GROW
God used seven different means in effecting Israel's deliverance:
- Temptations (to try or prove),
- Signs (to come near), fire and cloud
- Wonders (to persuade),
- War (hostile engagements) Amalekites, Amorites, Bashanites,
- Mighty Hand,
- A Stretched-Out Arm, Egyptians,
- Great Terrors, ten plagues, Egyptian chariot wheels in the Red Sea. (Clarke)
What has He already used in this attempt? Did it work?
Three times in this chapter Israel was warned to take heed. (verses 9, 15, 23)
Heed, in the Hebrew, means attend to, beware.
Do we take heed to God's warnings?
LET IT GO
Listen and learn, live and learn, lead and learn from my past and Israel's past.
Study God's Word and heed it.
Surrender to God's will.