Deuteronomy 31:1-8,23 – Leaders Change, God Doesn’t

Israel as a nation has been around since the birth of Isaac over 500 years ago, but only one man has ever officially been its leader.  Moses has led the nation for the last 40 years and has been the channel through which the people have received their laws, their structure of governance, and their […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

Deuteronomy 7 – Cure for Anxiety = Obey and Trust

In the second half of Chapter 6 Moses preached to the people about their lives in the Promised Land after the conquest.  In Chapter 7 he discusses the conquest itself.  He instructs them as to their role in driving out the inhabitants of Canaan and reassures them that God’s presence and power will be with […]

Deuteronomy 6:10-25

Moses moves on from the Shema and gives the Israelites a series of imperatives for after they enter and conquer the land.  He does not address what they will do to settle the land but tells them what they must remember after the battles are done and they have taken possession.  Once they no longer […]