Friday, October 10, 2014

Deuteronomy, Day 5 Readings

God's Promise to the People and the Death of Moses

Today's first reading is a beautiful summary of the positive aspects of the law.  God promises to be faithful to the Hebrews -- God's chosen people -- and hopes that the Hebrews will respond by choosing to live in accordance with those laws, which point the way towards lives of prosperity and joy.

Read Deuteronomy 30:1-20  (NIV)   (NRSV)   (CEB)
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The second and third selections tell of the end of Moses' leadership and the transfer of authority to Joshua.  At the end, after glimpsing the Promised Land, Moses dies on a mountain.  In fact, a beautiful moment is suggested -- that God personally buries the great prophet.

Read Deuteronomy 31:1-8  (NIV)   (NRSV)   (CEB)
Read Deuteronomy 34:1-12  (NIV)   (NRSV)   (CEB)
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Reading the Bible in Its Entirety

If you are planning to read the Bible in its entirety, you should read Deuteronomy 29-34 today.