每日诗歌: 三一頌 (http://www.mbcsfv.org/chinese/library/hymncampanions/027.html)
申命记即将结束，摩西与以色列百姓在一起的最后时刻也就要到了。在过去的40年里，他带领他们经过旷野。 “你们身上的衣服并没有穿破，脚上的鞋也没有穿坏”（29:5）。这清楚地表明了神对他百姓的爱，但这话语中也充满了一个忠诚和慈祥的领袖对他的下一代的关心。摩西看到他们的父辈在旷野一个一个的倒下，也看到了站在他面前这些孩子们的诞生。尽管我们没有关于这40年的许多细节，人们可以有把握地想象其中肯定有大量的跌宕起伏。但是，他们终於如神所应许的走过来了。这新一代的以色列人就像他自己的孩子一样，现在，他不得不离开他们。 “我应该留给他们什么最后的忠告呢？”
Deuteronomy 29 [Read]
Deuteronomy 30 [Read]
Mark 16 [Read]
Making choices can be hard. I let my wife pick out my outfit every Sunday, for she has a keen eye on color and style. I am color-blind when it comes to clothing, so anything is fine with me. However, some choices carry a much deeper impact than a mismatch of colors.
Deuteronomy is coming to an end, and Moses was approaching his final moment with the people of Israel. In the past 40 years, he led them through the desert. “Your clothes did not wear out, nor did the sandals on your feet” (29:5). It clearly showed God’s love for his people, but the words also overflew with care from a devoted and kind leader to his next generation. Moses saw their fathers fell one by one in the wilderness, and he saw the birth of many who stood in front of him. Though we don’t have much detail about the 40 years, one can safely assume that there were plenty of ups and downs. But they came through as God promised. This new generation of Israelites was like his own children, and now he had to leave them. “What final words should I give them?”
“This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses” (30:19). The Chinese translation was excellent, for it elegantly conveyed the urgency and selflessness and love of a grandfather to his beloved children. “Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.” It was a simple choice for them. After all, who would be so foolish to choose curses over blessings, death over life?
Don’t we all wish life can be so simple? The fact is that such choice is simple but not easy. The history of Israel showed that those people continued to choose the wrong thing, and our own experiences also testify such choice to be hard. That is if we try to do it on our own. Paul quoted Dt 30:11-14 in his letter to the Romans (Rom 10:6-13). He wanted the believers in Rome, and also us today, to know that it’s the faith in our heart and the confession in our mouth that will save us. As we read the final words of Moses, let us also have that in mind so that we may make and stay with the right choice.
You have finished the 2nd book of NT and 6th book overall. Great job!
Keep on reading. Talk to you tomorrow.