Deuteronomy 8:1-5
Obey and Remember
Published May 16th, 2020
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Main point summary
Main point summary
Obey God in order to survive in the land, and remember God's humbling you in the wilderness.
Deuteronomy 8:1-5
“The whole commandment that I command you today v you shall be careful to do,
Everything that I command, you should obey carefully,
that you may live
so that you will survive
and multiply,
in order to grow exponentially,
and go in
and enter the land
and possess the land that the Lord swore to give to your fathers.
in order to take charge of this land that God has promised to your ancestors.
And you shall remember the whole way that the Lord your God has led you w these forty years in the wilderness,
Also, remember fully how God led you through the wilderness these forty years,
that he might humble you,
in order that he would bring you to a place of humility,
x testing you
by testing you
y to know what was in your heart,
in order to know your inner motivations,
z whether you would keep his commandments or not.
that is, to know if you will obey.
And he humbled you
So he humbled you
and a let you hunger
by letting you go without food
and b fed you with manna, which you did not know,
and then he fed you with manna, a food you had never eaten before,
nor did your fathers know,
likewise, your ancestors did not know about it,
that he might make you know
in order that God would make you realize
that c man does not live by bread alone,
that man doesn't just survive by the food he puts in his mouth.
but man lives by every word 1 that comes from the mouth of the Lord .
No, man survives because of the word of God!
d Your clothing did not wear out on you
You see, during all your travels in the barren wilderness, your clothes didn't fall apart,
and your foot did not swell these forty years.
and your feet didn't come to harm.
Know then in your heart
Therefore, you should know deeply
that, e as a man disciplines his son,
that, as a father disciplines his son for good reasons because he loves him,
the Lord your God disciplines you.
so does God do to you.
Takeaways for Israel: survival as a nation and living in the land is contingent upon obedience. Remembering God's dealings with them has a purpose - it reminds them that they live because of God and that God disciplines you for your good, to humble you, to test you. If they are to remember, then they must tell the story to future generations who will not have experienced this firsthand. And although God let them go hungry, he didn't just forget about them; he provided for their needs in the wilderness when they could not provide for themselves. And although they will be moving into a land where they will make their own food, the reality is still the same - it is God who provides for you, not you. Takeaways for us today: There is no promise of land for Christians. So how does the command to obey in order to possess the land apply? It could be that just as obedience kept the Israelites in a place of blessing in terms of the land, so Christians who obey stay in a place of blessing (John 15:10). Also, we may not have gone through a literal wilderness, but God has taken us through our own set of circumstances where he humbled us and fed us. We would do well to remember how God has dealt with us personally in the past and teach the future generations.
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