1648.) Deuteronomy 8


Deuteronomy 8 (English Standard Version)

Remember the LORD Your God

1“The whole commandment that I command you today you shall be careful to do, that you may live and multiply, and go in and possess the land that the LORD swore to give to your fathers. 2And you shall remember the whole way that the LORD your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, that he might humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments or not.

God tested Israel. It was not because He didn’t know their hearts, but because they didn’t know their hearts. We have to constantly be corrected of our over-estimation of ourselves.

–David Guzik

3And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.

Jesus used this verse, which he knew by heart, to rebuke Satan in the wilderness, when Satan asked him to turn stones into bread.

Jesus answered, “It is written:  ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'”
–Matthew 4:4

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from Experiencing God Day-by-Day,
by Henry T. Blackaby and Richard Blackaby

God allows us to suffer difficulties and hardships for a purpose.  God led the children of Israel to wander through the wilderness for forty years in order to humble them and test them.  When they refused to obey Him and enter the Promised Land, the Israelites revealed that they did not really know Him.  If they had, they would have had more faith.  God spent the next forty years testing the hearts of His people to see if they were prepared for His next assignment.

Testing reveals what is in your heart and produces a robust faith.  God allowed His people to hunger so they could experience His provision and develop a deeper level of trust in Him.  As the people walked with God they came to understand that their lives depended upon His Word.  They learned that God’s Word was the most important thing they had.  After depending on God for forty years while living in the desert, the people listened when God spoke, and they believed.  When they finally entered the Promised Land and waged war against their enemies, the Israelites knew that God’s word meant life and death.  They were prepared to listen to Him, and as a result He led them to an astounding victory.

Is God presently testing you in some area of your life?  What has His testing revealed?  Have you become bitter toward God because of where He has led you?  Or have you come to trust Him more as a result of what you have gone through?

4 Your clothing did not wear out on you and your foot did not swell these forty years. 5Know then in your heart that, as a man disciplines his son, the LORD your God disciplines you.

Proverbs 3:11-12 (New International Version)

My son, do not despise the LORD’s discipline
and do not resent his rebuke,

because the LORD disciplines those he loves,
as a father the son he delights in.

6So you shall keep the commandments of the LORD your God by walking in his ways and by fearing him. 7For the LORD your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, flowing out in the valleys and hills . . .

a land with water

8a land of wheat and barley . . .

a land of agriculture (barley fields)

a land of agriculture (barley fields)

of vines and fig trees and pomegranates . . .

a land of viticulture

a land of olive trees and honey . . .

a land of smoothness and sweetness

9a land in which you will eat bread without scarcity . . .

a land of plenty

in which you will lack nothing, a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills you can dig copper.

Ancient copper mines and smelters have been discovered in recent years in the Arabah below the Dead Sea.

Ancient copper mines and smelters have been discovered in recent years in the region below the Dead Sea.

10And you shall eat and be full, and you shall bless the LORD your God for the good land he has given you.

1 Timothy 4:3 (Contemporary English Version)

God created these foods to be eaten with thankful hearts by his followers.

1 Corinthians 10:31   (NRSV)

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.

Matthew 6:33 (ESV)

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

11“Take care lest you forget the LORD your God by not keeping his commandments and his rules and his statutes, which I command you today, 12 lest, when you have eaten and are full and have built good houses and live in them, 13and when your herds and flocks multiply and your silver and gold is multiplied and all that you have is multiplied, 14 then your heart be lifted up, and you forget the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, 15who led you through the great and terrifying wilderness, with its fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty ground where there was no water, who brought you water out of the flinty rock, 16who fed you in the wilderness with manna that your fathers did not know, that he might humble you and test you, to do you good in the end.

Never let the abundance of God’s gifts cause you to forget the Giver!

17Beware lest you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gotten me this wealth.’ 18You shall remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your fathers, as it is this day.

God gives you power to make / produce / get wealth.

In times of abundance, it is easy to forget the Lord, or at least to no longer seek Him with the urgency we once had. We often think too highly of our own hard work and brilliance. Yet we must see that God gives us the body, the brain, and the talent. It is all of God. And why has God blessed us? His plan is that it would ultimately further His eternal purpose. Therefore we have no right to use our material blessing to further selfish purposes; instead, we use our resources to advance His kingdom.

–David Guzik

19And if you forget the LORD your God and go after other gods and serve them and worship them, I solemnly warn you today that you shall surely perish. 20Like the nations that the LORD makes to perish before you, so shall you perish, because you would not obey the voice of the LORD your God.

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Music:

HERE  Twila Paris sings what the Lord was teaching the Israelites:  “I am Not My Own.” Oh, that each day we would remember, no matter what our circumstance, how much the Lord loves us and cares for us!

I am not my own
I am bought with a price
I am not my own, not my own

I am not my own
I cannot hold to pride
I am not my own, not my own

Take this false desire
Burn it in Your righteous fire
I am not my own, not my own

This is not my home
This is not Paradise
This is not my home, not my home

This is not my home
I have been far and wide
This is not my home, not my home

Make this longing true
Turn my wistful heart to you
This is not my home, not my home

When I turn to find Your eyes
O Lord, O Lord
I begin to realize
Once more, once more

I am not my own
I am bought with a price
I am not my own, not my own
Take this false desire
Burn it in Your righteous fire
I am not my own, not my own
I am not my own, not my own

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English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.
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river and mountains.    http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1023/858568198_a69822e4fa.jpg
barley field.    https://peacedeen.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/12168242.jpg
grapes.    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/2a/Vineyard_in_Montone.jpg
olives and olive oil.    http://media.rd.com/rd/images/rdc/mag0709/olive-oil-misconception-01-af.jpg
loaves of challah bread.    https://dwellingintheword.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/challahpost1.jpg
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