Day 313 - Deut. 31, Verses 1-13

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V. 1-6 Some of us will be touched by the tender words of Moses in this last loving appeal to the people to obey and trust the Lord. Moses loved God's people (read Ex. 32:31-3231And Moses returned unto the Lord, and said, Oh, this people have sinned a great sin, and have made them gods of gold. 32Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written. (Exodus 32:31‑32)) and never became tired of pleading with them to keep on for the Lord. Moses and Paul are alike in this way. As both of these men came to the end of their life, they wrote, not about their life, but to others about following the Lord (Here in verse 6, notice seven things) and Paul in Acts 20:28-3528Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. 29For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. 30Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. 31Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears. 32And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified. 33I have coveted no man's silver, or gold, or apparel. 34Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me. 35I have showed you all things, how that so laboring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive. (Acts 20:28‑35) gives seven or more pleadings to cleave to God and to the Word of His grace.
V. 7-8 It is worth noticing that the words spoken to the whole congregation in the above verses are quite similar to those now spoken to the new great leader Joshua. Why? Because what the lowest and least important member of the camp of over 600,000 men needed was the same as the one who had the greatest responsibility... to be assured of God's presence and power.
V. 9-13 We learn that God attached great importance to everyone hearing the Word of God. So Moses gave the words to the priests, to ALL the elders to read to ALL Israel (v. 11)... men, women, children and strangers (v. 12). Every single person was to be brought into direct contact with the word of God.