We just finished week 2’s reading of the Bible in 90 Days this past week and I was looking forward to reading the book of Deuteronomy because as I remembered the book to have some real encouraging verses sprinkled throughout the book. It’s a good mix of what many think the Old Testament is (a bunch of laws and rules) and what it truly is about (God’s love through the law). A favorite verse of mine from Deuteronomy 31:
And the LORD, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.
I think my favorite part of this book is that Jesus himself references it when he was resisting the temptation of the devil in the wilderness (Matthew 4). The devil tries to get Jesus to turn stone into bread, have the angels come and rescue him, and then worship the devil himself. Jesus quotes verses from the book of Deuteronomy to defend himself, a great example of what we should do when we are tempted.
Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.
You shall not tempt the LORD your God.
You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve.
And now to finish week 3!
The above photo was taken by Pastor Josh of the Jordan River Valley while he was in Israel this past week... text added by me.