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10 Life Lessons From the Book of Deuteronomy

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The book of Deuteronomy, the fifth book of the Pentateuch is also attributed to the penmanship of Moses. The book is primarily a sermon to the people of God so it contains many lessons for us who are also children of God to learn.

Ive tried to read the book and pull out 10 simple lessons for you to learn and take to heart. Some of them might be a stretch but it is what God laid on my heart as I worked my way through the book. I hope this article is fruitful to you and may God Bless you in your daily walk.

Life happens when it is time.

1. Don’t try to do it alone

Deuteronomy 1:9, “At that time I said to you, ‘I am not able to bear you by myself.”

We are inclined, in our inner natures, to try and live this life on our own - especially men. Moses was no different. He tried to run everything on his own. It didn't work out well he needed to call on others to help just as we in God's wisdom need to seek fellow believers to help us when we need help.

2. Treat others equally

Deuteronomy 1:17, “You shall not be partial in judgment. You shall hear the small and the great alike. You shall not be intimidated by anyone, for the judgment is God’s. And the case that is too hard for you, you shall bring to me, and I will hear it.

In Deuteronomy 1:17, God tells Moses to treat each judgement great or small the same - impartially. This means you do not play favorites or do not just cater to the people who agree with you. No, treat everyone the same.

3. Life happens when it is time

Deuteronomy 2:16, “When all the fighting men had died among the people, “the LORD spoke to me, Today you are going to cross the border of Moab at Ar.”

This one might see like a stretch but when you think about the situation it makes perfect sense. The people doubted God and were afraid to enter the Promised Land. God then made them wander in the wilderness for 40 years for doubting Him.

The next generation were the ones allowed to take control of the Promised land. Their new life happened when it was time. So don't try to rush things or be afraid God will not be there for you just wait and be patient until it is time.

4. Forgetting what you were taught does not make it go away

Deuteronomy 4:1, "And now, O Israel, listen to the statutes and the rules that I am teaching you..."

We are all taught many things. God's people were taught about how to live a Godly life. The problem is when it comes to laws which seems to restrict or restrain our movement or the way we think we should live we quickly forget them. The thing you need to remember is conveniently forgetting them does not make them go away.

5. Listen

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Deuteronomy 5:1, "And Moses summoned all Israel and said to them, “Hear, O Israel, the statutes and the rules that I speak in your hearing today, and you shall learn them and be careful to do them."

What more can be said but God gave us two ears and one mouth for a reason. We need to listen first and speak only when necessary.

6. Never forget what got you there

Deuteronomy 6:12, “ then take care lest you forget the Lord, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.”

There is an old saying which goes something like this, "Never forget how you got to where you're going because if you do you're bound to repeat the same mistakes." When you forget about what God has taught us you are bound to slip back into old habits.

7.Get rid of what brings you down

Deuteronomy 7:1, "When the Lord your God brings you into the land that you are entering to take possession of it, and clears away many nations before you,"

When there is something which might bring you down you must be rid of whatever it may be permanently. Some things just have to go away. The same is true of your Christian walk. You must be rid of whatever is holding you back from having a fruitful Christian life.

Remember those in need

8. Don’t be a stiff necked person.

Deuteronomy 9:6 “Understand, then, that it is not because of your righteousness that the LORD your God is giving you this good land to possess, for you are a stiff-necked people.”

Stiff necked people are afraid to change because they cannot get past their own pride in who they are. It is only by becoming humble and letting God lead your will your life truly become a blessing to others.

9. Love those who live around you

Deuteronomy 10:19, “You are also to love the resident alien, since you were resident aliens in the land of Egypt.”

As a Christian inner peace can only be found when you practice love and forgiveness towards all who you come in contac with each day.

10. Remember those in need

Deuteronomy 15:7, ““If there is a poor person among you, one of your brothers within any of your city gates in the land the LORD your God is giving you, do not be hardhearted or tightfisted toward your poor brother. Instead, you are to open your hand to him and freely loan him enough for whatever need he has.”

Never ignore those who need your help. It’s as simple as that but also so complex because helping others can be as simple as just being nice to them or as complex as helping them through a devastating life event.

© 2023 Timothy Whitt

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