Saturday, September 6, 2014

Deuteronomy 5

Today's reading in our daily plan is Deuteronomy 5. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • These commandments are for the Israelites because they had made a "covenant" with God. Likewise, Christians are people who have made a covenant to live in relationship with God. You don't get into relationship with God (or Heaven) because you follow the laws. No, you get the laws because you're in relationship with God.
  • A "god" (verse 7) is anything we make the center of our lives. It's what drives us, what we find our identity in, what we put our hope in. God says only He is worthy of being our god.
  • In verse 17 God commands us not to murder. In Matthew 5:21-22, Jesus explained that even hateful anger breaks this commandment.
  • In verse 29 God tells Moses that He wants people to have hearts that want to obey Him, not for people to feel like they have to.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • If your desire for money, sex, power, success (or whatever) is greater than your desire for God and to live in a way that pleases Him, then that other thing is really your god. It is an idol.
  • We obey God because He deserves to be obeyed, but at the same time we benefit. Verse 33 explains that living God's way helps us to live and prosper.

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • If you have been worshipping something other than God, ask God for forgiveness and His help in restructuring your thinking and your life so that you are truly making Him first in your life.
  • Look back through the ten commandments. Which one would you say is the biggest struggle for you to keep? Ask God for help in living by that command, and ask a friend for accountability.