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Summary: Our "Good Life" is God’s "Promised Land": God’s land, entered with God’s help, by faith

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GETTING TO “THE GOOD LIFE”—Deuteronomy 1 (read 1:19-46)

The Promised Land: “a land flowing with milk and honey (picture: 2 spies, with pole between,

carrying “a single cluster of grapes, along with some pomegranates and figs”)

Promised land is not about food (we have plenty)

Deuteronomy is not about them—it’s about us (Moses’ sermons 40 years later—“for you”)

What is your Promised Land? (good life)

Some shallow: money, pleasure, life of leisure

Most deeper: happy, peaceful, fulfilling life

When young, dream of good life:

All the best of what you’ve experienced (assume we’ll get that!), and much that is better:

Marriage more intimate, more supportive than parents

Relationships in home less combative, close and appreciative

Fewer mistakes and “wrecks”

Promised land is life surrounded by good people: family, friends, church, community

At center is good person: wise, loving, happy, successful in what matters most

The Promised Land

Getting there is the hard part

(2-3) (11 days vs. 40 years—map)

came to edge of promised land—ended up in wilderness

(like many with high hope and dreams—many I’ve known)

Problem (contradiction):

They think it is too hard while think too easy Confusing? Well, they were confused!

Two years out of Egypt, came to edge of Promised Land—12 spies sent out

Majority report: It’s too hard “The people are stronger and taller than we are; the cities are large, with

walls up to the sky. We even saw the Anakites (giants) there."

Lost their nerve: “Where can we go? Our brothers have made us lose heart.”

Instead of turning to God for help…The Lord hates us; he brought us out of Egypt to…destroy usà

God says, OK—wander in the desert until you die—your choice

Suddenly they change their tune:

Deut. 1:41 "We have sinned against the LORD. We will go up and fight, as the LORD our God commanded us." So every one of you put on his weapons, thinking it easy to go up into the hill country.

Does this make sense?

Now it’s easy—but they’re not ready, and they don’t have God to help

Amorites came out…they chased you like a swarm of bees and beat you down…

It doesn’t make sense—but it happens all the time!

-couple wants to make a marriage work—In today’s world…

(2 people from different backgrounds, baggage, pressures)…

got to…

…leave much of single life behind

…learn to communicate at deeper level—open up, make effort to share life

…trust each other—be servant, while keeping personal boundaries clear

too hard!—I can’t do those things

OK, so you’re just going to wander through marriage, merely sharing house and bed?

(and neither one very well?)

NO! It’s not that hard to be married—We’ll get along OK

-provide godly leadership for your family

can’t send to church and Sunday School…for you, quite far down the list (excuses)

They’re beginning to know how you party (and what you say…)

You want them to treat their mother and father with respect…

You want honesty, truth, family love

Too hard—don’t have time, friends would not understand, have to learn new patterns

OK, your family will have to find its own direction (wherever, whoever)—leaderless at home


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