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Deuteronomy 31

Good Morning “Acknowledgers That It’s ALL God.”  Today we are in Deuteronomy 31.

Moses has to step down.  It’s time.  His successor Joshua will lead them into the “Promised Land”.  Stop and consider what must be going through Joshua’s mind.  Moses has been the only leader they have known… now it’s time for Joshua to step up.  How would you react?  We can assume what must have been going through Joshua’s mind by Gods encouragement to Him.  He knows everything, hence - He knows what Joshua needs to hear.  

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”“
‭‭Deuteronomy‬ ‭31‬:‭6‬ ‭NIV‬‬

By Gods Grace and in Gods strength Joshua is the one who will deliver them into the “Promised Land”.  

Moses, as a Biblical image, represents the letter of the law, his successor Joshua is more representative of God’s grace.  As I’ve mentioned before, Jesus’ name is a variation of the name “Joshua,” meaning: “God saves” or “YHWH is my salvation.”

The law defines God’s standard and exposes our inability to meet that standard. It basically sets the scene for God’s Grace. The law was never intended to be the vehicle to provide mankind deliverance; hence, Moses was never able to deliver Israel into Canaan. The Law can only take you to the edge of the promised land; only Grace can lead you in.

By now you should have Ephesians 2:1-10 memorized - I refer to it so often.  That passage truly captures the essence of the fact that it is ALL by Gods Grace.  Israel did not “Earn” their “Promised Inheritance”.  On the contrary, what they earned was Gods wrath and judgment.  Likewise, we too have only earned, or deserve judgment and wrath.  It’s ALL God, through Jesus.  It’s all by His grace that we have the promise of eternal life through Jesus, our inheritance in Heaven.  

As we celebrate Resurrection Sunday, reflect our depravity, and the mercy and grace of our God who saved us through The Blood of Jesus despite what we’ve earned.  

Love you all!  Dig in!