Not by Bread Alone
Over the next number of months, I’m excited for us to dig into the book of Deuteronomy together on Sundays. At first glance, Deuteronomy may not seem like the most fascinating book for us to explore, but taking a closer look, we will see the amazing things that God has for us in this section of His word!
The book of Deuteronomy is about community being prepared for a new life. It is about God’s chosen people, the Israelites, who are about to enter into their new land. Forty years before, God had rescued the Israelites from slavery in the land of Egypt. They had spent the last few decades wandering in the desert, and now a new generation is poised to experience the long-awaited promises of God. There is a call for a new commitment to God and a fresh understanding of the nature of the community of God’s people.
Although Deuteronomy was addressed to a people from a culture and time very different from our own, it is still a book of considerable contemporary relevance. Then, as now, the surrounding world was experiencing a time of change, political tension, and military engagement. Still, in the midst of world events, a relatively small community was being urged by Moses, the “man of God,” to commit itself wholeheartedly to the Lord before engaging in the struggle for the Promised Land.
Deuteronomy is mainly a speech from Moses, as he reminds them of all the great and amazing things God has done for them. He asks them to remember God’s past actions as they look toward the future. He reminds them of their covenant with God—the law they promised to follow as a way to represent God to the world around them.
In this series we will discover God’s blessings that are as relevant today as they were back then. We will look at some very powerful themes like: the meaning of covenant, the renewed life God brings, the importance of faith at home, caring for the vulnerable, the way He provides, the restoration He offers, living a daily life that pleases Him, and so much more.
God asked His people to remember the things He had done and to stay humble. He reminded the Israelites, and us today, that our experiences shape us and help us recognize that we do “not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord” (Deuteronomy 8:3).
So join us on Sundays as we journey through this portion of God’s word together.
See you there,