Deuteronomy 28 – IF

In Chapter 28 Moses puts all the cards on the table in regard to the blessings and curses associated with the covenant.  He has talked many times about God’s blessing being contingent on the people’s obedience and that God will remove His protection and care if they disobey (it is really the basis of the […]

Deuteronomy 14-26 – Seeing God in Mosaic Statutes

In the remainder of Moses’ second sermon – which began at 5:1 – he continues to apply and clarify the Law.  In these chapters he adds flesh to the skeleton of the Law with statutes that apply to specific situations. This study will highlight certain statutes and seek to explain their historical-cultural context.  Some of […]

Deuteronomy 13 – God Abides no Rival

The foundation of the covenant is its prohibition against worshiping any god other than Yahweh.  Nothing is more fundamental to the people’s place as God’s chosen people than their exclusive worship of Him.  Thus violations of the first two commandments are to be dealt with in the harshest terms.  In Chapter 13 Moses lists specific […]

Deuteronomy 11 – It’s All About the Love

Moses reaches the end of his discussion of the importance of the Law that he began in 5:1.  In this chapter he repeats many of the themes and warnings he has discussed throughout this address.  It is critical that the people love God and obey Him as they enter and conquer the land.  They must […]

LoveYouBye

Time for a confession.  My wife knows this, my daughter knows this, pretty much everyone in my family knows this, so it’s probably appropriate to tell you – the tens of followers of this blog – so you can know it too (and perhaps decide if you want to continue following).  I’m not a loveyoubye […]

Deuteronomy 10:12-22 – How is the Follower of God to Live?

Moses begins to conclude this portion of his second sermon (which began in 5:1) by explaining how the incidents he has described affect the people going forward.  His concluding remarks will lead into the specific application of the Law which begins in 12:1.  Along with 30:15-19, this is one of the key passages in Deuteronomy.  […]

Deuteronomy 9:25-29 – How to Pray for Others

In these verses (along with verses 18-19) Moses records his response to the people’s sin with the golden calf.  After rebuking them and making them realize the seriousness of their actions he rushes back to God and appeals to Him to spare the people.  What drives him are God’s words in verse 14 – “Let […]

Deuteronomy 9:1-24 – No One Earns Paradise

No one earns Canaan.  No one deserves the Promised Land.  This is the message Moses wants to convey to the people with this part of his sermon in Chapter 9.  He goes to great lengths to make sure they know their upcoming conquest has nothing to do with them.  It is all about purging the […]