Thursday, April 10, 2008

This weekend and readings from Deuteronomy

This week has flown by! John had to leave on Sunday, but will be here tomorrow- I can't wait! We're going down to Pensacola on Saturday to spend time on the beach as well as to hang out with Gemma and see PCC where I went to college. I'm really looking forward to going down there with my fiancé! I hope the weather is a little better than predicted - high of only 70 with 40% chance of rain. But at least that means there's a 60% chance of no rain!

During breakfast this morning, I was reading this morning in Deuteronomy 17:
18 When he [the King] takes the throne of his kingdom, he is to write for himself on a scroll a copy of this law, taken from that of the priests, who are Levites. 19 It is to be with him, and he is to read it all the days of his life so that he may learn to revere the LORD his God and follow carefully all the words of this law and these decrees 20 and not consider himself better than his brothers and turn from the law to the right or to the left. Then he and his descendants will reign a long time over his kingdom in Israel.
These verses stuck out to me because I see in them clearly that there is a clearly stated benefit to reading the Bible (even the Old Testament books of the law). I started reading through the Bible again in March and sometimes I wonder if there's a good reason to read some of it again and again, year after year. But here we see a couple reasons to read: 1) to learn to revere the Lord, 2) to follow the law, and 3) to not think he's better than other people and turn away from the law.

It was an encouragement to me to keep on reading and to realize that there is a benefit in reading the OT beyond retaining facts. In the OT we see how God dealt with people and how he spoke with Moses. In it I think we can learn some more of the personality of our great God!

2 comments:

Anna Naomi said...

I'm looking forward to going to the beach - should be fun!

That passage in Deuteronomy stood out to me as well when I read it a few months ago. It shows how important God's Word is!

Elijah Lofgren said...

Hi Miriam,

I've really enjoyed "For The Love of God" Volume II by Don Carson which focuses more on the OT.

Reviews here: http://www.amazon.com/review/product/1581348169/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?_encoding=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

Would you be interested in a copy? It has a 2 or 4 chapter a day reading plan and has 1 page of good reflection on 1 or 2 of the chapters each day. :)

I look forward to seeing you soon! :)