After 120 years (assuming the number is literal) of an amazing life, Moses reaches the end. God told him he would die before Israel entered the land, and the time to enter the land is here. He has instructed the people and blessed them and commissioned their new leader, so there is nothing more he […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
The first six verses of this chapter discussed trials and discipline. In those verses Moses explained the purposes of the rough times the people experienced over the last forty years. What at first appeared to be harsh treatment at the hands of God was actually a measure of His grace and love. God used the […]
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 […]
Moses begins his first sermon to the children of Israel. They are camped on the east bank of the Jordan preparing to enter the Promised Land. God tells Moses to speak to them to prepare them to enter and conquer the land. The first sermon he preaches will remind them of the history of their […]
Historical BackgroundWhen Moses led Israel out of Egypt after the Passover, the nation traveled for roughly three months before coming to Sinai. There God gave Moses the Law, the tabernacle was built, and many events transpired (golden calf, miracles of water provision, etc.) over approximately a year’s time. From Sinai they traveled to Kadesh-barnea on […]
There is nothing more important than our view of God.
In its most stunning rebellion yet, Israel rejects its redemption.