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I’m Going to Need You to Repeat That {Deuteronomy the second law}

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i’ve been slacking. i’m guilty of slacking in my daily devotional reading as well as writing my books of the bible summaries as i complete them.

i’ve let summer and my to-do list get the best of me. and quite honestly, the appeal of reading my way through the bible wore off right around the start of this book, Deuteronomy.

yes, believe it or not sometimes catching 15 more minutes of sleep, checking my instagram, or playing around in the kitchen making green smoothies is more appealing than reading my bible.

yet, every day i skip my morning read it somehow seems that my day spirals out of control – my to-do list is too long and too overwhelming and my patience is too short…i think i’m on to something here.

it took me way too long, but i completed reading Deuteronomy on august 31st.

“be careful that you do not forget the Lord your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day.” {Deuteronomy 8:11}

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my Deuteronomy summary: 

the overall premise of the book of Deuteronomy is not much different from that of Exodus.

Moses reiterates the history of Israel, as well as, the Ten Commandments to remind the Israelites what God expects of them. hence, the name Deuteronomy which literally means “second law” {aka Moses gives “the law” for the second time}.

The book finishes with a song from Moses after he passes his leadership duties onto Joshua. This song again summarizes the important history of the Israelites that is to be passed down from generation to generation so they do not forget all the Lord has done for them as they are about to embark on entering the promise land.

Although this may seem a little repetitive, history showed that the Israel {as well as us today} need to hear things more than once. the last time Israel was this close to the promised land, they doubted God’s promise and tried to go back to Egypt. their unbelief, led them to wander in the wilderness for 40 years {reference the book of Numbers}.

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my favorite deuteronomy story: 

do not forget the Lord {Deuteronomy 8}.

Ironically my favorite story highlights God reminding Israel to not forget about Him and all that He has done for them…right about the same time I started to put my bible down and putting God and His word second {or at the bottom of my to-do list).

A subtle, yet much needed reminder that I cannot do it all alone, and that I need God and His Word {Dueteronomy 8:3}.

I also love that this story references the delicious clean foods that will be available to Israel in the promise land – wheat, barley, vines and fig trees, pomegranates, olive oil and honey {Deuteronomy 8:8}. Some of my favorites; and most of which I completely take for granted having access to. I hear you God, another reminder to pray before meals {Dueteronomy 8:10}.

Ever read something and feel like you were meant to read those very words at that exact moment in time…that pretty much sums up Deuteronomy 8 for me.

woman reading a bible

biggest take-a-way: 

I do not pray to get God’s attention, rather I pray to give God my attention.

I need to put being in the Word daily at the top of my priority list because He is the source of daily my successes.

“…but remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you the ability to produce wealth…” {Deuteronomy 8:17} 

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