Continuing a plan to get through the entire Bible in a year, follow as I journal through the reading. I have chosen a straightforward approach that begins in Genesis and ends in Revelation. This will not be an in-depth study or a comprehensive commentary. There are plenty of sources for such material. This is stage one Bible reading, taking the text at face value and sharing impressions.
Today’s reading comes from the book of Deuteronomy, chapters 1 and 2, recounting Israel’s journey through the wilderness. Some impressions from the text:
- In the first two chapters of Deuteronomy, Moses offers a history of their journey from Egypt, reminding them of where they’ve been and how they got to the verge of the Promised Land.
- A theme emerges, a correlation between obedience and prosperity. Whenever Israel defied God, they failed and suffered. Whenever they obeyed Him, the prevailed and prospered. It doesn’t get any simpler than that. Obey, and do well. The same holds true today. We may not be engaged in literal battles or depend on manna from heaven. But we do benefit immensely when we live our lives according to God’s prescription.
Return soon as we continue our year-long journey through the text of the Bible.
Catch up on the previous entries: