As the nation of Israel is readying to enter the promised land, Moses is giving his final words to the people. Moses will not enter. God is not allowing Moses, a representation of the law, to lead anyone into the promised land. Moses’ job was to lead people out of the world (Egypt). It is Joshua, a shadow of the coming Jesus, that will lead the people into the promised land. Remember this. The promised land is not a picture of heaven, but a picture of life as a christian. Moses, the law, leads us out of the world, but Jesus, by grace, leads us into the land.
During Moses’ last words, he says this:
Deuteronomy 8:2–3 (NKJV) — 2 And you shall remember that the LORD your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not. 3 So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the LORD.
Here, Moses is reminding the people that God has provided for them. Not only did God provide for them, but he forced them into a situation that they had no choice but to see His great providence. God humbled them, allowed them to go hungry, and then fed them with manna. Yet, Moses clearly says that God’s purpose was to make His people realize that man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord.
That should sound familiar to you. Recall, in the gospels, when Jesus was baptized, the Holy Spirit then took Him into the wilderness to be tempted by Satan. The Bible says that Satan tempted Jesus in every possible temptation, but we are given 3 very representative cases of temptation. In one of these, Satan tempts Jesus in His hunger after fasting for 40 days.
Matthew 4:1–4 (NKJV) — 1 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry. 3 Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” 4 But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’”
Jesus quotes the passage from Deuteronomy to answer Satan. In fact, Deuteronomy was quoted by Jesus more than any other book of the Bible. But there is something special here. These passages say so much about the importance of God’s word.
- God holds his Word for man even more important than food.
- We can’t survive spiritually without the Word.
- We should be denying the flesh in favor of feeding the Spirit. Jesus may have been starving in the flesh, but was full in the Spirit.
- We should be focused on EVERY word. God said “every word” that proceeds from Him is required to live.
- There is power in knowing the Word of God. Jesus sent Satan running by simply quoting (correctly in context) scripture.
It is important to remember that we can’t live without the word of God. Read it, chew on it, know it, live it.
This Week’s Reading Plan:
- Day 1 – Deuteronomy 17-20
- Day 2 – Deuteronomy 21-23
- Day 3 – Deuteronomy 24-27
- Day 4 – Deuteronomy 28-29
- Day 5 – Deuteronomy 30-31
- Day 6 – Deuteronomy 32-34
- Day 7 – Joshua 1-4
In His Service, Scott