Following the Rules of the Miracle Maker
Deuteronomy 29:5-9 :
I have led you forty years in the wilderness. Your clothes have not grown old on you, and your shoes have not grown old
on your feet. You have not eaten bread, neither have you drunk wine or strong drink; that you may know that I am Yahweh your God.
When you came to this place, Sihon the king of Heshbon, and Og the king of Bashan, came out against us to battle, and we struck
them. We took their land, and gave it for an inheritance to the Reubenites, and to the Gadites, and to the half-tribe of the
Manassites. Therefore keep the words of this covenant and do them, that you may prosper in all that you do.
God performed some very interesting miracles for Israel while they were wandering in the desert. Can you imagine what
it would be like to have a pair of walking shoes that last 40 years. Now imagine that this was true for
everyone in your family. It would be pretty obvious that a miracle was taking place. That's one of the things
that God says that He purposefully did for Israel.
This other miracle is peculiar. God says here that He purposefully denied them bread and alcohol. Remember that God fed
Israel manna, water and not much else. What we see here is that God kept Israel alive without any work of their own.
This was God's way of demonstrating to them that He was their God. God is still like this today. He wants us to depend on
Him completely. He wants us to expect that He will take care of us.
The next amazing thing that God did was that He caused them to defeat the giant kings and settle in their cities. All of these
things were not normal. God took full credit for them and, as a result, expected Israel to obey the rules
so that they would keep doing well.
As I mentioned before, God knew that they didn't really have the heart to obey. This had already been proven by their
parents in the wilderness. Although this generation showed much more promise, God knew what would happen in the future. He
already knew that something much more than the law was needed in order for them to really succeed.