Week 2 and well on our way!
Breadcrumbs for the Journey
Today is Day 11 of our 90-Day Bible Journey, and we are currently wandering our way in the wilderness with the Israelites in the book of Numbers. The stories of Moses failing to trust God when providing water from a rock and the failure of the Israelites to trust God when they considered entering the Promised Land of Canaan for the first time, both of these remind us that God calls us to trust Him no matter what the situation. Are we trusting Him with our lives this week? In my job? With my finances? In my marriage? In the challenges I face nearing the end of my life? Am I trusting Him? As we continue this journey are we seeking to follow the greatest command that is first found in Deuteronomy 6:5? “Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.”
Tip of the Week
Leviticus is a tough book to read, but the key to unlocking that book is Leviticus 11:45 - I am the Lord, who brought you up out of Egypt to be your God; therefore be holy, because I am holy. God gives the Israelites purification rituals and festivals in order for them to attain purity before Him so that God could dwell in the midst of His people. In fact, the word “holy” occurs more times in Leviticus than any other book of the Bible. It is all about pursuing God and His holiness.
I can’t say it enough: If you get behind, just try to catch up a little at a time each day. Just… DON’T GIVE UP!
Good to Know
The season of Lent reminds us of Jesus’ 40 days in the wilderness, which reflects the 40 year wanderings of the Israelites in the wilderness. Our Lord prevailed against the temptations of Satan in the wilderness by quoting three passages of Scripture, which were all taken from Deuteronomy 6-8. Try to recognize these as you read those chapters.
Fun Activity For the Week
In Rabbinic Judaism, a small box called a mezuzah is affixed to the doorpost of Jewish homes to fulfill the Biblical commandment to "write the words of God on the gates and doorposts of your house" (Deuteronomy 6:9). As a way to remind us of God’s Word in our homes, try printing out Scripture passages and put them on your refrigerator or the bathroom mirror or other areas in the house. Maybe you could start with the following passage from Deuteronomy 6:4-9, called The Great Shema:
4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 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. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.
Pressing on with you!