Deuteronomy 10-12, Mark 12

Deuteronomy 10:17
For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality nor takes a bribe.

I love that there is nothing that can change or altar what God wants to do. Imagine what would happen if this were not the case. I don’t like thinking too much about that.

Deuteronomy 10:21
He is your praise, and He is your God, who has done for you these great and awesome things which your eyes have seen.

I so want the Lord to be my ‘praise’. It is a great word, which connotes genuine appreciation for the great actions or the character of its object. In other words, He is our praise because we are so appreciative of His great actions in our lives. None as great as the fact that he saw fit to rescue us out of sin and save us. May He always be our praise!

Deuteronomy 11:10-12
For the land which you go to possess is not like the land of Egypt from which you have come, where you sowed your seed and watered it by foot, as a vegetable garden; 11 but the land which you cross over to possess is a land of hills and valleys, which drinks water from the rain of heaven, 12 a land for which the Lord your God cares; the eyes of the Lord your God are always on it, from the beginning of the year to the very end of the year.

Keep in mind that this was the state of the land when they entered into it. It was always God’s intent that He would continue to keep a watchful eye upon them and bless them. It wasn’t until they insisted on doing their own thing that things began to fall apart. And so it goes with us. What lessons to be learned.

Deuteronomy 11:19
You shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.

There is nothing as important as teaching the ways of the Lord to our children! We must take advantage of every opportunity to do this when they are young. As they grow older, they naturally become more independent. We must take to heart Proverbs 22:6, Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.

Deuteronomy 12:23-24
Only be sure that you do not eat the blood, for the blood is the life; you may not eat the life with the meat. 24 You shall not eat it; you shall pour it on the earth like water.

It was important that the Jews butcher the meat they ate in a certain manner so that the blood was drained and not left in the animal. This is what the word ‘kosher’ refers to. It means, fit or allowed to be eaten or used according to the dietary or ceremonial laws. Orthodox Jews follow such dietary laws very strictly even to this day.

Mark 12:1
1 Then He began to speak to them in parables: “ A man planted a vineyard and set a hedge around it, dug a place for the wine vat and built a tower. And he leased it to vinedressers and went into a far country.

This is an amazing parable speaking of the rejection of God’s Son. I love parables like this which speak so clearly of Jesus coming.

Mark 12:17
And Jesus answered and said to them, “ Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” And they marveled at Him.

This account should dispel any thoughts that as Christians we shouldn’t have to pay taxes.

Mark 12:25
For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven.

Heaven is going to be such a wonderful place that the only marriage we will be concerned with is our marriage to Jesus.

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