Summarize what you read in one paragraph:
Deuteronomy 21-26 is a collection of rules and consequences for the people of Israel to live without evil in their midst. These chapters deal with events such as unsolved murders, birth right, sexual immorality and marriage and really tell how to handle situations to keep evil away from Israel. Keeping evil out of peoples’ midst and out of Israel is a big component of this chapter. These chapters really brought into perspective how much love is asked from us for God. Chapter 21: 18-21 tell a story of a disobedient son. When the parents bring this disobedient son to the elders they stone him to death. To me this brings out how strong our love for God should be. There are so many things that we can be attached to but that are pulling us away from God’s vision for us and this passage really shows me that we are asked to acknowledge those things and still be able to separate ourselves so that we can be closer to God. Another common theme in these chapters is how we should help our neighbors to show God’s love for all people and bring others closer to God’s love.
What is one key verse?
Deuteronomy 24: 14 “You shall not oppress a hired worker who is poor and needy, whether he is one of your brothers or one of those sojourners who are in your land within your towns.”
How does what you read change your vision of God?
These chapters really showed me how much God challenges us but also how much forgiveness and love he does have for us. I love reading parts in the Bible that really show how strong God’s love for us really is.
How does what you read change your vision of yourself or others?
What I read changes my vision of myself because it makes me look deeper into myself and how I treat others around me to make sure that I am sharing the love of God in all of my actions, even when others are taking another route in life. It has also made me do a deep look inside myself to see what I have still trying to separate me from God and think of how I can change that.
How will you Go With God because of this reading? (What is an action step?)
A separation I found within myself from God deal with First Friday Services. Some of my friends who are not in the church often make plans for Friday nights and don’t understand when I want to go to First Friday Service. I am challenging myself to start asking friends to come with me to First Friday Service instead of just saying I can’t do anything until afterwards.
Where did you see Jesus in these chapters? (What made you think about Jesus?)Deuteronomy 24: 19-22 tells of how to help people you may not know and this is where I saw Jesus the most. Specifically verse 21 “When you gather the grapes of your vineyard, you shall not strip it afterward. It shall be for the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow.” To me this just shows the overwhelming compassion of Jesus and how we should all serve those in need around us and not be greedy beyond our means.