SOAP Journal – 12 April 2017

These are the words which Moses spoke to all Israel across the Jordan in the wilderness, in the Arabah opposite Suph, between Paran and Tophel and Laban and Hazeroth and Dizahab.

Deuteronomy 1:1

This book opens with context. What follows is the last words of Moses before the Israelites crossed over into the Promised Land. And what was on Moses’ mind at the end of his life was The Law. A new generation of Israelites has come up while wandering in the wilderness and he wants to make clear to them the things that God has commanded.

This verse speaks to me of focus. The verse itself gives a rather precise location for this last address of Moses to the Israelites. There is no ambiguity about where this happened. The verses following give a clear time that this happened, as well. And it is verse 5 that tells me that Moses is expounding on The Law. After 40 years of watching a faithless generation fall in the wilderness, Moses is still focused on The Law of God; still fixated on how to have right relationship with God.

Am I as focused as that? Am I so fixated on having a right relationship with God that even knowing that my own death was coming soon could not cause me to deviate from the theme of how to live rightly? If not, then this is an area in which I need to grow.

Father, thank You for examples like Moses who are fixated on You and Your Law and how to have a right relationship with You. Please grow me in this area. Please cause me to focus on right relationship with You, knowing that all other relationships will be sorted into their proper place.

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