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Reading Deut 29 – Covenant Renewal, Oaths, Restoration, Charges to the Nation – These are the words of the covenant that Yahweh commanded Moses to make with the ?Israelites? in the land of Moab ?besides? the covenant that he made with them at Horeb…
This Daily Devotion covers the first five books of the Bible, Genesis through Deuteronomy also called the Books of Moses or the Pentateuch, in a period of one year in a Monday through Friday format, the Psalms and order of devotion follow those presented in The Treasury of Daily Prayer from Concordia Publishing House.
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Hear my prayer, O Lord; give ear to my pleas for mercy!
In your faithfulness answer me, in your righteousness!
Evening and morning and at noon I utter my complaint and moan,
and he hears my voice.
Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you;
He will never permit the righteous to be moved.
1 To the choirmaster:
according to The Dove on Far-off Terebinths.
A Miktam of David, when the Philistines
seized him in Gath.
Be gracious to me, O God, for man tramples on me;
all day long an attacker oppresses me;
2 my enemies trample on me all day long,
for many attack me proudly.
3 When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.
4 In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust;
I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me?
Reading Deut 29
Covenant Renewal, Oaths, Restoration, Charges to the Nation
29 These are the words of the covenant that Yahweh commanded Moses to make with the ?Israelites? in the land of Moab ?besides? the covenant that he made with them at Horeb.
2 And Moses summoned all of Israel and said to them, “You saw all that Yahweh did before your eyes in the land of Egypt and to Pharaoh and to all his servants and to all his land; 3 that is, the great trials that your eyes saw, and those great signs and wonders. 4 But Yahweh has not given to you a heart to understand, or eyes to see, or ears to hear, even ?to this day?. 5 And I have led you forty years in the desert; your clothes have not worn out ?on you?, and your sandal has not worn out ?on your foot?. 6 You have not eaten bread, and you have not drunk wine and strong drink, so that you may know that I am Yahweh your God. 7 And when you came to this place then Sihon the king of Heshbon, and Og the king of Bashan, came out to meet you for battle, and we defeated them. 8 And we took their land and gave it as an inheritance to the Reubenites and to the Gadites and to the half-tribe of Manasseh. 9 And ?you must diligently observe the words of this covenant?, so that you may succeed in all that you do.
10 “You are standing ?today?, all of you, ?before? Yahweh your God, your leaders, your tribes, your elders, and your officials, all the men of Israel, 11 your little children, your women and your aliens who are in the midst of your camp, from the choppers of your wood to the drawers of your water, 12 ?in order for you to enter into the covenant of Yahweh your God?, and into his oath that Yahweh your God is ?making with you? ?today?, 13 in order to establish you ?today? ?to himself? as a people and so that he may be for you as God, just as he ?promised? to you and ?just as? he swore to your ancestors, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.
14 “Now I am not ?making this covenant? and this oath ?with you alone?. 15 But with ?whoever is standing here? with us ?today? ?before? Yahweh our God, and with ?whoever is not standing here? with us ?today?. 16 For you know how we lived in the land of Egypt and how we traveled through the midst of the nations that you traveled through. 17 And you have seen their detestable things and their idols of wood and stone, silver, and gold that were among them, 18 so that ?there is not? among you a man or a woman or a clan or a tribe ?whose heart? turns ?today? from being with Yahweh our God to go to serve the gods of these nations, so that there is not among you a root sprouting poison and wormwood. 19 And then when he hears the words of this oath, then ?he will assure himself? in his heart, ?saying?, ‘?Safety shall be mine even though I go in the stubbornness of my heart?,’ thereby destroying the well-watered land along with the parched. 20 Yahweh will not be willing to forgive him, for by then the anger of Yahweh will smoke, and his passion against that man and all the curses written in this scroll will descend on him, and Yahweh will blot out his name from under heaven. 21 And Yahweh will single him out for calamity out of all the tribes of Israel, according to all the curses of the covenant written in the scroll of this law.
22 “And the next generation, that is, your children who will rise up after you, and the foreigner who will come from a distant land, when they will see the plagues of that land and its diseases that Yahweh has inflicted upon it, will say, 23 ‘All its land is brimstone and salt left by fire, ?none of its land will be sown?, and it will not make plants sprout out and it will not grow any vegetation; it is as the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, Adman and Zeboiim, which Yahweh overturned in his anger and in his wrath.’ 24 And all the nations will say, ‘?Why? has Yahweh done ?such a thing? to this land? What caused the fierceness of this great anger?’ 25 And they will say, ‘It is because they abandoned the covenant of Yahweh, the God of their ancestors, which he ?made? with them ?when he brought them out? from the land of Egypt. 26 And they went and served other gods and bowed down to them, gods whom they did not know them and he had not allotted to them. 27 So ?the anger of Yahweh was kindled? against that land to bring upon it all the curses written in this scroll, 28 and Yahweh uprooted them from their land in anger and in wrath and in great fury, and he cast them into another land, ?just as it is today?.’
29 “The hidden things ?belong to Yahweh? our God, but the revealed things ?belong to us? to know and to our children ?forever?, in order to do all the words of this law.”
Almighty God, by Your great goodness mercifully look upon Your people that we may be governed and preserved evermore in body and soul; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Heavenly Father, send Your Holy Spirit into our hearts to direct and rule us according to Your will, to comfort us in all our afflictions, to defend us from all error, and to lead us into all truth; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.