ISSL Reflections March 27 2022 Deuteronomy 8:1–11 Post 2

The other day I came across these words in Leviticus,

Do what I tell you;
live the way I tell you.
I am the God who makes you holy.
(Leviticus 20:8, The Message)

These sentences from Deuteronomy speak to what the Israleites had experienced and will hopefully experience as they enter their “promised” land.

As you read this passage today, pay attention to what they might have learned from their past walk with God?

Deuteronomy 8:1-11 (New Revised Standard Version)

This entire commandment that I command you today you must diligently observe, so that you may live and increase, and go in and occupy the land that the Lord promised on oath to your ancestors. Remember the long way that the Lord your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, in order to humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commandments. He humbled you by letting you hunger, then by feeding you with manna, with which neither you nor your ancestors were acquainted, in order to make you understand that one does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. The clothes on your back did not wear out and your feet did not swell these forty years. Know then in your heart that as a parent disciplines a child so the Lord your God disciplines you. Therefore keep the commandments of the Lord your God, by walking in his ways and by fearing him. For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land with flowing streams, with springs and underground waters welling up in valleys and hills, a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive trees and honey, a land where you may eat bread without scarcity, where you will lack nothing, a land whose stones are iron and from whose hills you may mine copper. You shall eat your fill and bless the Lord your God for the good land that he has given you.

Take care that you do not forget the Lord your God, by failing to keep his commandments, his ordinances, and his statutes, which I am commanding you today.

“Take care that you do not forget …” (Deuteronomy 8:11)

What might these words help the Israelites not to forget?

Were all the memories of pleasant things?

What might their walk through the wilderness give them to bring into the “good land”?

Take some time to consider your walks through wildernesses. What stands out to you that you might bring into the “good land”?

{ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est}

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