20 February: Passing the Baton

When it’s time to leave and move on, passing the baton well is essential not just for your closure, but for those you leave behind. Today’s chapter covers the instructions for an inner circle of friends and family from a man about to die…

READ DEUTERONOMY 6  Make notes, if you’d like, of what stands out for you. Feel free to use the “Leave a Comment” box below to also write some of your thoughts.


During 2023, we were given the privilege of setting up a new community and like Moses in today’s chapter, we handed it over and walked away. While most people may never experience setting up something new, all of us will “move on” one day, just as Moses did. So I wonder what I would do to transition well, if it were my last days on earth.

Passing the Right Baton
Passing the Right Baton

While passing on the baton in today’s chapter, Moses is drumming into this newly formed Nation of Israel some things that are still important for me today. First, it seems that it’s not enough to know and believe in my head that God exists (or that He has a plan with a place that He is leading me to), it has to drop into my heart. [v5-6]  This in turn shouldn’t just affect my behaviour and personal lifestyle – it must have a knock-on effect in the advice that I hand on to others. [v7-9] Because once it penetrates the culture of my family, and influences those around me… Then it shall come about that…” [v10]

In other words if I were to pass on a baton, I would and should be interested in what’s being passed on, what’s being received, what’s being dropped, and if the transition is done well. Our Maker’s Global MasterPlan was always about bringing us out, in order to bring us in [v23], and so I too will observe His statutes and fear the Lord my God, because it’s for my good always and for my survival. [v24].…Read More… CLICK on “20 February – Additional Notes”

But what about your thoughts – can you tell me what today’s “breadcrumb” is? Leave a note in the “Comments” box below to tell me what you think God is saying to you, through today’s chapter.

Wanting to speak directly to the One who sees the end from the beginning? The rest of this webpage uses Jesus’ own prayer to help.[a]


   1.   Praise: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your Name. Your Kingdom come! Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven …”

I will praise You, Lord, among the nations! I’ll sing of You among the peoples. For great is Your love that extends to the heavens; Your faithfulness reaches to the skies. [Psalm 57:9-10]

   2.   Ask: “…Give us today our daily bread…”

  • The World: Pray for the government of Armenia[b]
  • Your Country: Those trapped in addictions
  • Yourself: Needs among your extended family
  • Your concerns for today
Blessed am I when I find wisdom and gain understanding, for this is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. [Proverbs 3:13-14]

   3.   Admit: “…Forgive us our sin as we forgive those who sin against us…”

In my behaviour today, help me Lord, to remember that love is patient and kind. Love isn’t envious, jealous or boastful. Love is not proud or arrogant. [1 Corinthians 13:4]

   4.   Protect: “…Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.”

“This is what the Lord says, ‘Do not fear or be discouraged because of this vast army, for the battle is not yours but God’s.’” [2 Chronicles 20:15]

“For Yours Lord is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory now and forever. Amen!”

When Jesus was questioned, tested, tricked or in His hour of great need, He always spoke things that were previously written in God’s Word.[c] Following these memory verses from ten topics, will help you learn 52 verses from the bible in a year! THIS WEEK’S MEMORY VERSE: Topic = The Creator’s Will

“The world and its desires will pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.” [1 John 2:17]

[a] Matthew 6:5-15

[b] http://www.operationworld.org/country/arme/owtext.html

[c] Matthew 4:4,6,7,10; 11:10; 21:13; and 26:24,31

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