Moses reminds the Israelites of all the times God has helped them in their journey. He reviews some of the past history of Israel like the Exodus and the wandering in the wilderness. Though they wander for 40 years, God still guides his people home. He then urges that they obey the Laws of God…how following God leads to reward and disobeying God leads to consequences.
One Key Verse:
Deuteronomy 4:9 (NIV) says: Only be careful and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as. You live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.
By this I’m reminded to use hindsight (20/20 vision) to trust and believe that God is always guiding us if we stop and look for him.
How does what I read change my vision of God:
God allows us to question and doubt (when the people are order to send out spies to survey the land as they are questioning God), to use discernment, but not to disobey. When we follow God, we will not be left to wander.
How does what I read change my vision of others:
I can see that others are just as deserving of grace and mercy as were Gods people. That while we all wander or struggle at times in our lives, God promises to guide us and fight for us if we follow.
How will I go with God:
I will try to walk the walk; to be a man of action rather than words, as it is to be remembered what we have seen more importantly than what we have heard. To see Gods works around me.
Where I saw Jesus:
The cities of refuge points to how Jesus is our refuge and hiding place. Also, Jesus was tempted in the wilderness and quotes Deuteronomy in the book of Luke. While Jesus did doubt and question God, he ultimately submitted and obeyed.