DAILY BIBLE READING November 8th, 2018 DEUTERONOMY 32:28-44 (GNT)

November 8th, 2018
Growing with God’s Word in Thankfulness and Praise

Deuteronomy 32:28-44: Today’s reading is the conclusion to Moses’ song which contains God’s promise to take revenge and punish Israel’s enemies as well as God’s promise of mercy for those who serve him.
“I, and I alone, am God; no other god is real.”
28“Israel is a nation without sense;

they have no wisdom at all.

29They fail to see why they were defeated;

they cannot understand what happened.

30Why were a thousand defeated by one,

and ten thousand by only two?

The Lord, their God, had abandoned them;

their mighty God had given them up.

31Their enemies know that their own gods are weak,

not mighty like Israel's God.

32Their enemies, corrupt as Sodom and Gomorrah,

are like vines that bear bitter and poisonous grapes,

33like wine made from the venom of snakes.

34“The Lord remembers what their enemies have done;

he waits for the right time to punish them.

35 The Lord will take revenge and punish them;

the time will come when they will fall;

the day of their doom is near.

36 The Lord will rescue his people

when he sees that their strength is gone.

He will have mercy on those who serve him,

when he sees how helpless they are.

37Then the Lord will ask his people,

‘Where are those mighty gods you trusted?

38You fed them the fat of your sacrifices

and offered them wine to drink.

Let them come and help you now;

let them run to your rescue.

39“‘I, and I alone, am God;

no other god is real.

I kill and I give life, I wound and I heal,

and no one can oppose what I do.

40As surely as I am the living God,

I raise my hand and I vow

41that I will sharpen my flashing sword

and see that justice is done.

I will take revenge on my enemies

and punish those who hate me.

42My arrows will drip with their blood,

and my sword will kill all who oppose me.

I will spare no one who fights against me;

even the wounded and prisoners will die.’

43 “Nations, you must praise the Lord's people—

he punishes all who kill them.

He takes revenge on his enemies

and forgives the sins of his people.”

44Moses and Joshua son of Nun recited this song, so that the people of Israel could hear it.

Verse 43 concludes the song and acknowledges God as a righteous judge of all the earth. What other verses in this section speak of God’s justice? What does today’s reading teach you about God?
God of justice and mercy, you alone are God. Whenever I feel helpless and in need of renewed strength, I know I can turn to you and seek forgiveness of my sins. Thank you, God, for your never-ending love. Amen.

Those seeking spiritual renewal

Deuteronomy 33:1-17: Moses blesses the tribes of Israel.


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