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A Whole New World
Read Deuteronomy 32:1 through 34:12
God’s Promised Land, the land of Canaan, was a highly developed culture. Canaan produced textiles, milk products, tools, and weapons. The wealthy population of Canaan often lived in luxurious villas built around central courts. Life in Canaan was a far cry from the inhospitable desert in which the Israelites had lived.
They sacrificed to false gods, which are not God—gods they had not known, gods that recently appeared, gods your ancestors did not fear (Deuteronomy 32:17).
Moses’ song served to remind the Israelites about the blessings bestowed to them by God. His song also served to warn God’s people against forsaking their commitment to God in exchange for the godless lifestyle of the Canaanites. Compared to the desert, Canaan would indeed be enticing to a tired, dirty people.
The world has a lot to offer and much of what it offers is enticing and exciting. As Christians we have to guard our hearts against anything that might compromise our relationship with God. Not all that shimmers is gold.
Prayer Suggestion: Ask God to reveal any cultural ideas or possessions that might not please Him.
Quicklook: Deuteronomy 32:15–18
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