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It is so easy for us to look everywhere else but to God for our guidance and leadership. We trust financial advisors, news commentators and medical doctors, but do we really trust God? It seems that Moses is trying to get the Israelites to see that their trust needs to be in God and not in man (v. 32). Moses reminds the people that no other nation could claim the unique experiences they have had in seeing the hand of God (v. 33). He explains how God has revealed himself in three distinct ways from Egypt to Sinai (v. 34):
1.First it was by signs and wonders (Ex. 7:3).
2.Second, by conflict (Ex. 14:14).
3.Third, by great terror (Ex. 12:30-36).
Each of these things lead Israel to magnify the Lord. No other nation but Israel could ever claim to have heard the voice of God speaking out of fire (vv. 35-36). No other nation could point to a god who brought them into existence by redeeming them from a stronger and more powerful nation (vv. 37-38). Remember, the awesome miracles such as the plagues, the pillar of fire, the parting of the Red Sea, manna and other miraculous things made it clear that it was God who redeemed the Israelites (v. 39). Obey God’s teaching and your decedents will live long and be successful (v. 40).
How do you and I know the power and strength of God? Probably I will never have a burning bush experience or see the waters of the Red Sea part like the Israelites did. However, I have the Word of God and the Holy Spirit which they did not have. I just need to trust Him!
"For ask now of the days that are past, which were before you, since the day that God created man on the earth, and ask from one end of heaven to the other, whether such a great thing as this has ever happened or was ever heard of. Did any people ever hear the voice of a god speaking out of the midst of the fire, as you have heard, and still live? Or has any god ever attempted to go and take a nation for himself from the midst of another nation, by trials, by signs, by wonders, and by war, by a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, and by great deeds of terror, all of which the LORD your God did for you in Egypt before your eyes? To you it was shown, that you might know that the LORD is God; there is no other besides him. Out of heaven he let you hear his voice, that he might discipline you. And on earth he let you see his great fire, and you heard his words out of the midst of the fire. And because he loved your fathers and chose their offspring after them and brought you out of Egypt with his own presence, by his great power, driving out before you nations greater and mightier than yourselves, to bring you in, to give you their land for an inheritance, as it is this day, know therefore today, and lay it to your heart, that the LORD is God in heaven above and on the earth beneath; there is no other. Therefore you shall keep his statutes and his commandments, which I command you today, that it may go well with you and with your children after you, and that you may prolong your days in the land that the LORD your God is giving you for all time."
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Deuteronomy 1:1-18Preparing to Enter Canaan
Deuteronomy 1:19-31Fearful to Enter The Land
Deuteronomy 1:32-46The Penalty For Israels Rebellion
Deuteronomy 2:1-15The Journey From Kadesh-barnea to Moab
Deuteronomy 2:16-37What it Means to Have God on Your Side
Deuteronomy 3:1-11King Og Defeated
Deuteronomy 3:12-29Living With The Consequences
Deuteronomy 4:1-10An Exhortation to Obedience
Deuteronomy 4:11-20Worshiping Other God’s is Forbidden
Deuteronomy 4:21-31The Consequences of Neglected Warnings
Deuteronomy 4:32-40The Lord is God
Deuteronomy 4:41-49Three Cities of Refuge
Deuteronomy 5:1-21The Ten Commandments
Deuteronomy 5:22-33The People Afraid of God’s Presence
Deuteronomy 6:1-11The Greatest Commandment
Deuteronomy 6:12-25Cautions Against Disobedience
Deuteronomy 7:1-26Blessings of Obedience