Deuteronomy chapter 8

Remember. Living on the Word of God. The danger of prosperity.

 


 

REMEMBER

 

VERSE 1. You shall observe to do all the commandments which I command you today, that you may live, and multiply, and go in and possess the land which the LORD swore to your fathers.

 

VERSE 2. You shall remember all the way which the LORD your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, that he might humble you, to test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments or not.

You shall remember. They were to deliberately remember.

We humans are so forgetful. We forget the great moments in our walk with the LORD God. We forget the mistakes of the past, and keep repeating them.

To remember is a specific exercise. It is something you do on purpose. Like going for a run.

To forget is a grave disaster.

 

LIVING ON THE WORD OF GOD

The LORD God delivered the Hebrew people from their slavery in Egypt. They crossed the Red Sea and went out into the desert. Now it’s 40 years later. They’re about to cross the Jordan River into the Promised Land. Moses their leader is speaking to the entire nation.

 

VERSE 3. He humbled you, allowed you to be hungry, and fed you with manna, which you didn’t know, neither did your fathers know, that he might teach you that man does not live by bread only, but man lives by every word that proceeds out of the LORD’s mouth.

The LORD God was leading and guiding them, every step of the way. He was with them wherever they went:

2 Samuel 7:9. I have been with you wherever you went, and have cut off all your enemies from before you. I will make you a great name, like the name of the great ones who are in the earth.

He humbled you. Along the way, there were plenty of challenges. The LORD God did not prevent difficulties from coming their way. Moses sees their many hardships serving as a kind of school.

The hardships taught them an important lesson:

man does not live by bread only. Back in those days, and even in our day, there are lots of people who view the world in materialistic ways. The center of their world is occupied by physical stuff.

It’s true that material things are important. But Moses knows the physical realm isn’t everything. There are things that are far more important.

Matthew 4:4. But he answered, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’ ”

man lives by every word that proceeds out of the LORD’s mouth. The words from the mouth of God are what are really important in life.

The Hebrew people lived on those words from the mouth of God, the Scriptures. They derived their spiritual life from the Bible.

Matthew 4:4. But he answered, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’ ”

How about you? What’s the world look like, to you? Would people say you’re materialistic? Is physical stuff what fires you up for life?

Or do you feed on the Bible?

What does it mean to feed on the Bible?

 

VERSE 4. Your clothing didn’t grow old on you, neither did your foot swell, these forty years.

Your clothing didn’t grow old. In and of itself, that was quite a miracle. They wore the same clothing for 40 years. And it didn’t wear out.

 

VERSE 5. You shall consider in your heart that as a man disciplines his son, so the LORD your God disciplines you.

 

THE DANGER OF PROSPERITY

 

VERSE 6. You shall keep the commandments of the LORD your God, to walk in his ways, and to fear him.

 

VERSE 7. For the LORD your God brings you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of springs, and underground water flowing into valleys and hills;

 

VERSE 8. a land of wheat, barley, vines, fig trees, and pomegranates; a land of olive trees and honey;

 

VERSE 9. a land in which you shall eat bread without scarcity, you shall not lack anything in it; a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills you may dig copper.

you shall not lack anything. They will not suffer poverty.

 

VERSE 10. You shall eat and be full, and you shall bless the LORD your God for the good land which he has given you.

eat and be full. They will not suffer hunger.

 

VERSE 11. Beware lest you forget the LORD your God, in not keeping his commandments, his ordinances, and his statutes, which I command you today;

Beware lest you forget. They were to deliberately not forget.

We humans are so forgetful. We forget the great moments in our walk with the LORD God. We forget the mistakes of the past, and keep repeating them.

To remember is a specific exercise. It is something you do on purpose. Like going for a run.

To forget is a grave disaster.

 

VERSE 12. lest, when you have eaten and are full, and have built fine houses and lived in them;

In the biblical worldview, prosperity is dangerous. It makes us self-centered. Then we forget the LORD God and ignore his voice. Then we become arrogant and repugnant. Then the LORD God must turn against us.

But in our day, many Christians see prosperity as proof of God’s love. And they see poverty as dangerous. They have it all backwards.

The Bible is clear as to the root of evil. And yet Christians explain it away in order to justify their greed. Read more »

 

VERSE 13. and when your herds and your flocks multiply, and your silver and your gold is multiplied, and all that you have is multiplied;

 

VERSE 14. then your heart might be lifted up, and you forget the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage;

and you forget. They were to deliberately not forget.

We humans are so forgetful. We forget the great moments in our walk with the LORD God. We forget the mistakes of the past, and keep repeating them.

To remember is a specific exercise. It is something you do on purpose. Like going for a run.

To forget is a grave disaster.

 

VERSE 15. who led you through the great and terrible wilderness, with venomous snakes and scorpions, and thirsty ground where there was no water; who poured water for you out of the rock of flint;

 

VERSE 16. who fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your fathers didn’t know, that he might humble you, and that he might prove you, to do you good at your latter end;

 

VERSE 17. and lest you say in your heart, “My power and the might of my hand has gotten me this wealth.”

 

VERSE 18. But you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he swore to your fathers, as it is today.

This verse is fantastic! Would you consider memorizing it? More great verses to memorize from the Book of Deuteronomy and from the entire Bible.

it is he who gives you power to get wealth. The ability to have a living is a gift from the LORD God.

 

VERSE 19. It shall be, if you shall forget the LORD your God, and walk after other gods, and serve them and worship them, I testify against you today that you shall surely perish.

if you shall forget the LORD your God. They were to deliberately not forget.

We humans are so forgetful. We forget the great moments in our walk with the LORD God. We forget the mistakes of the past, and keep repeating them.

To remember is a specific exercise. It is something you do on purpose. Like going for a run.

To forget is a grave disaster.

you shall surely perish. The Hebrew word is תֹּאבֵדֽוּן (“tō·ḇê·ḏūn”). It means to perish. It is most commonly translated as destroy, destroyed.

 

VERSE 20. As the nations that the LORD makes to perish before you, so you shall perish, because you wouldn’t listen to the LORD your God’s voice.

 


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