In Deuteronomy 31-34, God is telling Moses that God will go with his people into the promise land and that they should be strong and courageous. Then, Moses in turn, tells Joshua that God will be with him to lead Israel into the promise land and that he just has to be strong and courageous. God then goes on to tell Moses that the Israelites will turn away from God and break his covenant but God will teach the Israelites a song as a witness for God against them. God then brings Moses on top of Mount Nebo, where Moses dies and Joshua is filled with the spirit of wisdom and begins to lead the people.
‘And when many disasters and calamities come on them, this song will testify against them, because it will not be forgotten by their descendants. I know what they are disposed to do, even before I bring them into the land I promised them on oath.’
How does what you read change your vision of God?
In these verses, I can see the love and patience that God has for his people. Even though he knows that they will turn from him and reject him, He never rejected his people but he allows them to learn a song so they can eventually remember where they came from, and turn back to God.
How does what you read change your vision of yourself or others?
This changes my vision of myself and others because this is an amazing example of God’s unconditional love. If God can still be patient with his people, whom he knew would reject him, then I can choose to be patient with those around me, no matter the situation.
How will you Go With God because of this reading? (What is an action step?)
I will attempt to think of this example in all situations throughout my day, and try to find ways that I can show more love to those around me.
Where did you see Jesus in these chapters? (What made you think about Jesus?)
I saw Jesus in these verses in the love that God showed his people. When Jesus was rejected by everyone, he still had love for the people and was patient with others.