Notes: May 4, 2008 – Deuteronomy 4

I. Obey the Law (1-13)

  • Don’t change the law. Revelation 22:18-19.
  • Your neighbors will be impressed (6-8)
  • Take heed to yourself (9)
  • Remember the mountain that burned and shook (10-12)
  • God’s covenant=10 commandments written on 2 tablets of stone (13)

II. Don’t use images of God (14-24)

  • God never gave you an image, nor did He command you to make one (15)
  • When you attempt to make an image of God, you corrupt yourselves and make God to be like you (16).
  • You should not worship creation- not the sun, not the moon, not the stars. (What about SUNday, MOONday?)
  • Image and icon makers have forgotten God’s covenant; and they should be reminded that God is a consuming fire, a jealous  God (Hebrews 12:29).

III. What will happen to those who do not worship God in spirit and in truth (25-28)

  • Captivity and slavery to pagans is certain for image makers and users

IV. Repentance and forgiveness (29-31)

  • The sinner who seeks God with all his heart and with all his soul shall find Him.
  • And the penitent one shall find God to be merciful and forgiving.

V. Favored nation status (32-40)

  • Never before had God chosen a nation to be His people.
  • Never before had God intervened in the lives of the unsaved for the benefit of so large a number.
  • So, realize that the Lord, He alone is God; and obey Him (39-40)

VI. Refuge cities (41-43)

  • Read Numbers 35.

Meditation Points:

  1. Rewriting history is a fact of life. Rewriting Scripture is a sin.
  2. Let your light so shine among men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven (Matthew 5:16).
  3. Many people are concerned about their physical condition; but too few are concerned about their spiritual condition.
  4. In what way are the 10 Commandments a covenant?
  5. Has God ever changed His mind about idols and images? (Worshiping “stars” is still bad, whether they be movie stars or sports stars.)
  6. God will not allow sin to go unpunished. Even the sin of his children requires disciplinary action on His part.
  7. If we confess our sin, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sin and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).
  8. Is it wrong for God to have chosen one nation from among so many?
  9. Are you impressed at how God moves heaven and earth for the good of His people?
  10. There is only 1 God–and not everybody worships Him.