August 8
‘On arriving there, they gathered the church together and reported all that God had done through them,’ Acts 14:27a
Bible reading: Deuteronomy 31:1-8 (Go to the Bible passage)
In this short passage, Moses says several times: ‘The Lord (Himself) will…’
Were it only in this passage of the Bible, we might ignore it. But again and again, God approaches us in His word and asks us whether we really want to entrust ourselves to Him, and whether we really want to follow His guidance in everything.
Actually, Moses could have bid his people farewell without worrying. After all, when Moses would not be around anymore, God Himself would surely lead Israel? Yet Moses did not have much hope… just read the following chapter. But one thing was for sure: God would not be to blame! During the forty years the people of Israel had been wandering the desert, God had proven He wanted to go before them and never forsake them. ‘And the Lord will do to them what He did…’ (:4).
God did not change. The New Testament too is full of His promises that He will go before us.
But it is our rebellion and obstinacy (31:7), our wilfulness and incredible conceitedness that make it impossible that God Himself might go before us. We are exactly the same as Israel in those days.
Also before us, God sets the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses (30:19). For it is unthinkable that God would treat us differently to the people in the old covenant.
The author of the letter to the Hebrews says: ‘How shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation? This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard Him’ (Hebrews 2:3).

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