“Keep my decrees and laws, for the person who obeys my law will live by them. “. Leviticus 18:5
There was only one request from God. To love and to obey. Is that too much to ask for all he does.
“Your threshing will continue till grape harvest and the grape harvest will continue till planting, and you will eat all the food you want and live in safety in your land.” Leviticus 26:5
When they came into their special land God continued to provide. He made sure that from harvest to harvest there was always enough. They were blessed.
“You will pursue your enemies, and they will fall by the sword before you.” Leviticus 26:7
Your enemies will run from you. They won’t be a problem for you. I will take care of you.
“I will look on you with favor and make you fruitful and increase your numbers, and I will keep my covenant with you.” Leviticus 26:9
I’m giving you everything and making you successful also, wow!
“But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with your whole soul.” Deuteronomy 4:29
If you screw up, and you will, don’t give up. I will still be there. Come running back.
“Acknowledge and take to heart that the Lord is God in heaven above and the earth below. There is no other.” Deuteronomy 4:39
God has proven himself time and time again. Make him Lord today.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” Deuteronomy 6:5
Give him the love and respect he deserves.
Do what is right and good in the Lord’s sight, so that it may go well with you and you may go in and take over the good land the Lord promised to your ancestors.” Deuteronomy 6:18
He’s promised to do everything for our best, always. We should want to do that next right and good thing because it truly is for our best.
“And if we are careful to obey all this law, before the Lord our God, as he has commanded us, that will be our righteousness.” Deuteronomy 6:25
Doing the right thing leads to our righteousness. One thing at a time, little by little.
“Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God,keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.” Deuteronomy 7:9
If we do our part he will always take care of us. Even if we don’t he is faithful and continues to love us and take care of us.
“See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction.” Deuteronomy 30:15
Right here God lays it all out. Do you want good in your life? Well here is our answer. Want to be prosperous? God tells us how.
“Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this book of the Law on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:7-9
God laid it all out for Joshua. First he encouraged him, then he told him just what to do to be successful. He then tells him how to go about it. Taking over Moses job was a daunting task. Especially at his age. But God gave him the strength of a young man. Then he explains that this is a command. If his people were going to go forward and defeat their enemies they would have to follow instructions. He even tells him why. Because I am with you always. You are not doing this alone.
“They said to Joshua, ‘The Lord has surely given the whole land into our hands; all the people are melting with fear because of us.” Joshua 2: 24
God is a God who fights our battles. He has a history of faithfulness. He also has an actual recorded history. These are facts that actually happened. The people were terrified of God’s chosen people. They had heard all the stories that had happened and were afraid.
“So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, till the nation avenged itself on its enemies, as it is written in the book of Jashar. The sun stopped in the middle of the sky and delayed going down about a full day.” Joshua 10:24
This is another amazing story. I’m sure it can be proven by astronomers. The sun stopped! It stayed daytime till their enemies were defeated. That didn’t just happen. It never happened before, or since. God is good to have on your side.
“Joshua said to them, ‘Do no be afraid; do not be discouraged. Be strong and courageous. This is what the Lord will do to all the enemies you are going to fight.” Joshua 10:25
Joshua encouraged the people the same way he was encouraged. It was God who was fighting for them and he would be with them just as he is with us. Whatever you are fighting today, God is ready to take over. He will win.
“Then you crossed the Jordan and came to Jericho. The citizens of Jericho fought against you, as did also the Amorites, Perizzites, Caananites, Hittites, Girgashites, Hivites, and Jebusites, but I gave them into your hands.”
They were up against strong and valiant enemies who fought. Every town fought them but it was a loosing battle and they knew it. News traveled fast even over 2000 years ago. If God was so well known then why did everyone worship other God’s? God brought them into this good land. And he fought for his people. It was not their strength but God’s. They inhabited homes and land that God gave them. Crops they didn’t plant and good things were given to them by God.