As God’s people stand very near the border of the Promised Land, they hear from Moses about the kinds of people that are on the other side. Through the voice of Moses, God commands the people not to be like those that are already there. They do things very disgusting to God. God wants the people to trust in God alone—no tricks, magic or any superstitious actions.
Will you dare to be different from those who trust in everything else but God? Pray that your hope will be in God alone and ask God to help you sense way inside yourself, that God is the one who is going to protect and guide you in life.
Moses is also given a sense by God of the One who is to come after him way in the future—the prophet like him whom we know is Jesus.
As you rise from your time of Bible prayer and go about your day, do it with the power of Jesus inside of you. Go out and be loving to all the people of your day—daring to love those whom many others might judge and say are not so nice. When we love those who are not attractive, we dare to be different. That’s what today’s reading is all about!
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
Loyal to the Lord, my God 18:13
For more information about this creative way to pray,
see Bible Breaths.
Saturdays are dedicated to the Sabbath Torah portions
read in synagogues throughout the world.
This plan follows those traditions that take a third of the portion
over a three year cycle, this year, the second part.
For more about the Torah portions and thoughtful commentaries, visit
The Jewish Theological Seminary.
These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook. You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet. More information…