Dr.Tiong advised that he usually think of 2 Timothy 33:16-17 which says that (paraphrase) the Word of God is God-breathed and is good for teaching, rebuking etc. Psalm 119:105-His Word is lamp unto our feet and lamp unto our path. He said as we look around what is going on in this world, we really need to be reminded of Psalm 119:105.
Exhortation to Remember
The Book of Deuteronomy has a lot of repetitions because God wanted to remind the Israelites. Moreover, those who came out of Egypt have died. Moses are facing the new generation who had no experience of the slavery in Egypt.
1. Provisions of God
2. Dependence on God
The Israelites who left Egypt were taken care by God, manna rained down from the sky, their sandals did not wear out, it was amazing that their legs were not swollen (perhaps evidence of healthy nutrition) from the constant walking. At night they were led by pillars of fire and during the day led by pillar of smoke. God led the Israelites for 40 years in the desert. Preparing them to enter the Promised Land.
Purpose of Wilderness
God wanted to teach the people to be humble by putting them through the wilderness. While in the wilderness, they were totally dependent on God for all their needs. Like their foods, God provide manna. God also wanted to prepare them for things that were to come. It is important for them to follow God commands. God’s commands were the standards they have to follow. Similarly for us today.
Be Careful to Follow
God reminded the Israelites to be careful to follow God’s commands. He repeated what He said to them.
Exhortation not to forget God
God warned the Israelites not to forget Him, otherwise they will be destroyed like the surrounding nations that did not believe in God. This was a stern and serious warning which we today is also to follow.
Danger of Prosperity
Prosperity is dangerous. People usually do not come to God until when they are sick. It is also more difficult for prosperous people to come to God. Jesus Himself said it was easier for a camel to enter through the eye of the needle than for rich people to enter heaven. He also said “What is the point to gain the whole world when we lose our souls?” No doubt there is nothing wrong with prosperity, but do not allowed prosperity to control us. We must have God’s perspective.