Summarize what you read in one paragraph:
This is the sharing of the ten commandments with all of Israel. He encourages them to learn them and follow them for God has promises for those who follow His commandments as well as consequences for those who do not. God’s promises reflected his desire God has to deliver His people. God’s covenant was made again to His people personally and not just reminders of the covenant made before them.
What is one key verse?
“ Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.” Deuteronomy 6:5-9
How does what you read change your vision of God?
God wants us to be close with him and to be clear with his expectations. His covenant comes with blessing when we follow him. I appreciate God’s directness and clarity of how his people should be. As a christian I am so grateful to have God’s word to follow in my life. This actually takes a lot of pressure off of me to figure out what is right from wrong.
How does what you read change your vision of yourself or others?
The fact that God needs to be so clear and have us continually reminding ourselves and other of his commands just reminds me that we tend to forget. I can use this reminder to have patience with myself and others when we do sin. It is possible to follow the standard and still have moments of weakness hence the need for binding it on our foreheads. We have each other in this church community to help each other stay on track.
How will you Go With God because of this reading? (What is an action step?)
I want to create physical reminders to have around my house, car, on my phone, etc. of the word of God especially in areas of struggle. Also, I want to impress the scriptures on my family with devotionals or worship songs.
Where did you see Jesus in these chapters? (What made you think about Jesus?)
Jesus was always quoting scripture when in times of temptation or to help others in times of temptation. He also left us with his mission to make disciples of all nations. We aren’t meant to just keep ourselves faithful but to do our part to strengthen the faith of those around us.