Week #25; Wed, Jun 20: Deuteronomy 1:1–5:33
Just watched a short video on Gods411 on “How to Read the Bible” that contains three practical steps:
1. Pray for God to interpret the Bible as you read; find God’s meaning not ours.
2. Read with the Gospel in mind; it is easier to read within the context of the whole Bible (past, present, future).
3. Read the Bible to know God; not to just gain knowledge about God. Seek a connection and relationship.
Me thinks that this approach is like plugging in a lamp (connect to a receptacle, turn on the switch to receive the power, light up your life with a face to face relationship with Jesus). You may be thinking that is hard to do in the OT; however, whenever you see the term “The Angel of the Lord” pause and reflect on the “Alpha” and the “Omega” with a “Trinitarian” scope. I’m told that the canonization of the Bible was based on the “blood line” of Christ appearing in all 66 books.
DEUTERONOMY 1: Leaving Horeb-the long way around
1. Go to the land and take possession of it; the land that was promised to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give to them and to their offspring after them. Note that God restates in broad terms the boundaries of the land of milk and honey. An example of my observations above comes to mind here when we compare the function of boundaries to today in Acts 17:26-27 pertaining to our own borders. Also, see Rev. 21-22 for more on boundaries in heaven. The use of boundaries is the same then, now and future.
2. Multiplication of the children of Israel dictated appointment of leaders for each tribe.
3. Leaders shall not be partial in judgment. The same applies to today.
4. When Israel became fearful, they refused to go into the land to occupy it. But God told them to not be fearful; He will go before them and He will fight for them. Note where God employs “hornets” on the enemies of Israel.
5. That generation that rebelled, was denied going into the Promised Land; that is why the people of Israel were forced to live in the wilderness for forty years until those fearful ones died. Only Caleb and Joshua lived through the time in the wilderness because they were willing to enter into the land.
DEUTERONOMY 2: The Wilderness Years
1. Thirty-eight years elapsed from the time Israel was sent back to the wilderness from Kadesh-barnia (notice how your Bible maps indicate a reverse loop back to the Red Sea during this period after almost being at the land God promised them)
2. As soon as all the men of war had perished, the Lord led them back to Moab at Ar. So they rose up and set out.
3. The occupants of the land became fearful and were in anguish hearing of Israel’s approach.
4. Sihon, king of Sihon and Og, king of Bashan were given into the hands of Israel by the Lord.
DEUTERONOMY 3: Moses Forbidden to Enter the Land
1. God directed Moses up to the top of Mt. Pisgah and lift his eyes to see the land, but he was not permitted to go into the land beyond the Jordan.
DEUTERONOMY 4: Moses Commands Obedience
1. Moses instructs the people to follow the commandments of the Lord your God that he commanded them when you go in to take possession of the land.
2. Also, teach them to the children and their children.
3. The Ten Commandments were written on two tablets of stone
4. Idolatry is forbidden; no carved images-not even the heavens, sun, moon, or stars.
5. The Lord God in heaven above and on the earth beneath is the only God; there is no other.
6. Cities of refuge were set apart for safety for the manslayer, both intentional and accidental.
DEUTERONOMY 5: The Ten Commandments
1. Before he died, Moses summoned all Israel to hear the statutes and rules they were to follow that were contained in the covenant of the law given at Mount Horeb out of the midst of the fire.
2. #4 is a commandment with a promise of long life and good will.
3. All others combined include the same promise.