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RMM RoundUp June 24

Thu. Jun. 23, 2016By: FBC Staff

Deuteronomy 29 Moses concludes this book by exhorting strongly that Israel would commit to and obediently walk in the covenant that the Lord has made with them. He lays out the motivation for doing this by looking at the past, present, and future of God’s dealings with them. In this call to commitment, it becomes difficult not to see the truth that humans are hardened and blind to God’s grace. The Israelite’s salvation from Egypt, wandering in the wilderness, and conquering of land was...Read More

RMM RoundUp June 21

Tue. Jun. 21, 2016By: Paul Carter

Deuteronomy 26 Relating the laws about the Old Testament tithe to the New Testament church is notoriously difficult.  For one thing, in the Old Testament the church was also a country - in the New Testament the church exists inside of many countries.  Therefore, some of what was collected in the various Old Testament tithes would relate more to modern day taxes then church givings.  One of the other complications has to do with the fact that to many folks the word “tithe”...Read More

RMM RoundUp June 17

Fri. Jun. 17, 2016By: FBC Staff

Deuteronomy 22 In a book with so many regulations and laws, the reader can get accustomed to only seeing the restrictions. However, in this chapter, we should note that Moses puts forward some positive action. We should not read too fast past the first four verses because the sin of omission should be just as concerning as the sins of commission. We should want to act on what the law commands just as much as we want to refrain from what the law condemns. The Israelites were to extend care...Read More

RMM RoundUp June 15

Wed. Jun. 15, 2016By: Paul Carter

Deuteronomy 20 Deuteronomy 20 is one of the hardest chapters in the Bible to read.  It raises all kinds of difficult questions: 1.       How can a loving God command such horrible violence?2.     How is this any different than Islamic Jihad?3.     Isn’t this just further proof that the Old Testament is irrelevant to the life and faith of the modern Christian? We will not be able to answer those questions within the space of a brief devotional so at...Read More

RMM RoundUp June 10

Fri. Jun. 10, 2016By: FBC Staff

Deuteronomy 15 God cares for those in need and makes provisions for His people to sustain them. Moses mentioned, in 14:27-29, the various classes of needy persons and in this chapter lays out some helpful legislation for a set of them. It should be noted that, when one comes to this chapter, the terminology and preconceived notions in our 21st century minds should not be imposed on the text. The poor in this context is not a beggar shaking a cup on the corner asking for alms. Rather these...Read More

RMM RoundUp June 9

Thu. Jun. 09, 2016By: Paul Carter

Deuteronomy 13-14 Both the Old and New Testaments spend a considerably amount of time attempting to protect the church from the danger of false prophets.  In Deuteronomy 13 there is an extended treatment of the topic: 1 “If a prophet or a dreamer of dreams arises among you and gives you a sign or a wonder, 2 and the sign or wonder that he tells you comes to pass, and if he says, ‘Let us go after other gods,’ which you have not known, ‘and let us serve them,’ 3 you shall not listen to...Read More

RMM RoundUp June 3

Fri. Jun. 03, 2016By: FBC Staff

Deuteronomy 7 In this chapter of Moses’ review of the law, there exists some very riveting truths that should significantly impact our understanding of God’s redemptive plan. God’s love and faithfulness form the basis for salvation. Moses clearly stated that God chose Israel. It was not earned or based on anything that they brought to the table. Rather, he explained, “but it is because the Lord loves you and is keeping the oath that he swore to your fathers…” (Deuteronomy 7:8...Read More

RMM RoundUp June 1

Wed. Jun. 01, 2016By: Paul Carter

Deuteronomy 5 The English title “Deuteronomy” means roughly “second giving of the law”.  It appears to be arranged around a series of sermons Moses preached to the people of Israel shortly before he died.  You will remember that the original generation that participated in the giving of the law and its associated ceremonies at Mount Sinai had perished in the wilderness due to their unbelief and disobedience.  It is to their children that Moses speaks and he reminds them of...Read More

RMM RoundUp May 27

Fri. May. 27, 2016By: FBC Staff

Numbers 36 The inheritance and distribution of the land was important to all the Israelites. God laid out his plan for giving the land of promise. So it was a concern when Zelophehad did not have any sons. When the daughters of Zelophehad raised the concern in chapter 27, a provision was made so the inheritance could be distributed to the daughters of a family if there were no male successors. The question then naturally arose about what would happen if daughters married outside of their...Read More

RMM RoundUp May 20

Fri. May. 20, 2016By: FBC Staff

Numbers 29 Instruction on sacrifice, the heart of Old Testament worship, intersperses with narrative in the book of Numbers. In chapters 28 and 29, the public sacrifices and festivals are highlighted much like what we read in Leviticus 1-7 and 23. The primary difference between the two is that the former focuses on the layman responsibilities and the latter is concerned primarily with the priestly. So the question naturally arises, why should we pay attention here?  Joshua has just...Read More

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