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Ep 134 – Matthew 5:17-20

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Release Date: 05/06/2017

Ep 1011 – Deuteronomy 31:23-29 show art Ep 1011 – Deuteronomy 31:23-29

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In Deuteronomy 31:23-29, we get a glimpse of Joshua’s less-than-ideal day of commissioning. It wasn’t pretty and it probably wasn’t very enjoyable for Israel’s new leader. But the truth isn’t always pleasant to hear.

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Ep 1010 – Deuteronomy 31:14-22 show art Ep 1010 – Deuteronomy 31:14-22

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God puts His message in the form of a song that He expects Moses and Joshua to teach to the people of Israel. It’s a dirge, a literal funeral song that tells of the future destruction of Israel for their inevitable unfaithfulness.

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Ep 1008 – Deuteronomy 31:1-8 show art Ep 1008 – Deuteronomy 31:1-8

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Moses wanted Joshua and the people to understand was that, when all was said and done, it was God who had been leading them all along. And it would be God who brought them safely into Canaan.

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Ep 1009 – Deuteronomy 31:9-13 show art Ep 1009 – Deuteronomy 31:9-13

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The entire nation was expected to do all that God had called them to do, and Moses was letting the priests and elders know that they had a vital part to play. He supplied them with a copy of the law and commanded that one day every seventh year it be read to the entire nation.

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Ep 1007 – Deuteronomy 30:11-20 show art Ep 1007 – Deuteronomy 30:11-20

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Every day of their lives, they would have to consider what God had commanded and decide whether they wanted to live according to His will or their own. And Moses makes it clear that their daily choices would have long-term consequences.

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Ep 1006 – Deuteronomy 30:1-10 show art Ep 1006 – Deuteronomy 30:1-10

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God knew something Moses and the people didn’t know: Their future restoration would be His doing, not theirs. He would prove to faithful to the covenant, not them.            

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Ep 1005 – Deuteronomy 29:16-29 show art Ep 1005 – Deuteronomy 29:16-29

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The Israelites knew everything they needed to know to accomplish what God had given them to do. If they would simply obey His instructions, they could leave the future in His fully capable hands.      

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Ep 1004 – Deuteronomy 29:1-15 show art Ep 1004 – Deuteronomy 29:1-15

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They stood on the eastern bank of the Jordan, waiting to enter the land God had promised to give them. They knew God’s law and they were painfully aware of the curses and blessings that accompanied either disobedience or obedience. Now, what would they do?

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Ep 1003 – Deuteronomy 28:58-68 show art Ep 1003 – Deuteronomy 28:58-68

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Not only will they experience some of the same plagues that God had brought upon their former taskmasters, but they will find themselves living in the same abysmal conditions their ancestors had experienced.

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Ep 1002 – Deuteronomy 28:52-57 show art Ep 1002 – Deuteronomy 28:52-57

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The self-destructive nature of sin was going to run its full course, producing a kind of barbarism among the people of God that was unthinkable, yet unavoidable. Failure to remain faithful to God was going to prove deadly, in more ways than one.

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Today, we’re going to be in Matthew 5, verses 17-20. Jesus is going to assure His listeners that what He is teaching is not contrary to the Old Testament Scriptures. It may have sounded radical and revolutionary to their ears, but it was not a departure from God’s law and all that the prophets had written. Jesus wasn’t introducing something that was going to replace the law, it was going to fulfill it. He wasn’t contradicting the writings of the prophets, He was actually the one they had promised would come. The law was God’s revelation of what He expected in terms of right behavior from mankind. It was His brand of righteousness described in great detail. The writings of the prophets were predominantly the call of God for the people of Israel to return to Him. The prophets spoke on behalf of God, calling the disobedient Israelites back to a right relationship with God, through obedience to His law. They could return or face the consequences. They could repent or suffer God’s punishment in the form of captivity and enslavement. But they failed to return and the inevitable happened. But Jesus had come to call the people of God back to God, offering them a better righteousness they could have never produced on their own.