Week #26; Wed, Jun 27: Dt. 6:1–12:32
Chapter six eliminates any wiggle room with an element of fear of the Lord. Note what goes on your doorposts and gates as reminder. I find the term “Deuteronomy 5&6” will generally fit in the name holder of a front doorbell. Tada, then we can “fess-up” each time the bell is rung. Note how all the enemies in the Promised Land were to be thrown out to discourage the people from following their gods. The voice of Moses is blunt and clear in these chapters; Jesus tells us to keep the Commandments too.
DEUTERONOMY 6: The Greatest Commandment
1. Note how “fear of the Lord” is a major component in “keeping” all his statutes and his commandments.
2. This “keeping” is followed by a promise that the people’s days may be long, it may go well with them, and they will multiply greatly.
3. The Lord our God, the Lord is one.
4. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.
5. Moses told the people that, “These words shall be on your heart.”
6. “You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.”
7. “You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.”
8. “You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”
9. “It is the Lord your God you shall fear.”
10. “Him you shall serve and by his name you shall swear.”
11. “You shall not go after other gods.” Else, destruction from the God in our midst.
12. “You shall not put the Lord your God to the test, as you tested him at Massa.
13. The people were to thrust out all their enemies in the land the Lord swore to give them.
DEUTERONOMY 7: A Chosen People
1. The Lord will clear away many more powerful nations (seven) before the people as they enter the land.
2. No covenants; no mercy, only complete destruction.
3. No intermarriage with the enemies to avoid being led away to serve other gods.
4. They must break down their altars, pillars, Asherim, and burn the carved images of the enemy.
5. Hornets will be sent among the enemies of the people to destroy them.
6. Clearing out the nations must be done little by little, not all at once.
DEUTERONOMY 8: Remember the Lord Your God
1. The commandments, rules, and statutes are to be carefully followed.
2. “Man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.”
3. For forty years in the wilderness their clothing did not wear out and their feet did not swell.
4. Manna prevented their hunger in the desert.
DEUTERONOMY 9: Not Because of Righteousness
1. This chapter records the day the people were to cross over the Jordan to take possession of the land.
2. They would be successful not because of their righteousness, but because of the wickedness of the nations the Lord God is driving out.
3. This confirms the word that the Lord swore to Abraham, Isaac, and to Jacob.
4. The people were cautioned to remember how quickly they rebelled against the Lord in the wilderness where they created a metal image of a golden calf for themselves.
DEUTERONOMY 10: New Tablets of Stone
1. The ark was built to hold the two new stones with the Ten Commandments to replace the first two that were broken by Moses.
2. The Levites were set aside to carry the ark of the covenant with the two new stones containing the Ten Commandments.
3. Moses stayed on the Mountain of God for forty days and nights fasting without bread or water prior to receiving the stones with the Ten Commandments each time they were prepared by the finger of God out of the midst of the fire.
4. While we are to be conscious of God’s allotted boundaries (Acts 17:26-27), we are to love the sojourner (Dt., verse 19).
DEUTERONOMY 11: Love and Serve the Lord
1. The great works of the Lord are summarized by Moses covering bondage in Egypt and leading up to going into the Promised Land.
2. The people are cautioned to be careful to do the commandments, statutes, and rules given by the Lord.
3. The larger boundary of the land is restated (the wilderness, Lebanon, Euphrates River, western sea).
4. A blessing on Mount Gerizim (to obey the commandments) and a curse on Mount Ebal (to go after other gods) are pronounced by Moses.
DEUTERONOMY 12: The Lord’s Chosen Place of Worship
1. The “Lord’s chosen place for worship” will be identified from one of the tribes upon crossing the Jordan.