Week #29; Wed, Jul 18: Dt. 28:1–32:52
Our reading of the Pentateuch, the five books of Moses, will be completed by the end of July. This 17 percent of God’s Word lays a solid foundation to build on as we continue.
DEUTERONOMY 28: Blessings for Obedience
1. If the voice of the Lord God is faithfully obeyed, being careful to do all his commandments, the Lord will set his people high above all the nations of the earth.
2. Blessings will be delivered when coming in and going out.
3. The Lord will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before you.
4. The Lord will open to you his good treasury, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season and to bless all the work of your hand.
5. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow.
6. Do not go after any other gods.
7. Disobedience brings curses of confusion and frustration until siege and destruction is complete.
8. Much grief will be experienced under siege.
DEUTERONOMY 29: Renewed Covenant in Moab
1. In addition to the Lord’s covenant given at Horeb, the Lord commanded Moses to exclaim how he has not given his people a heart to understand, eyes to see, or ears to hear even after being led for 40 years in the wilderness where miracle after miracle was delivered.
2. The Lord exclaimed to Moses how his people are to keep the words of his covenant and do them, that they may prosper in all that they do.
3. The covenants are not just for his people alone, but with whoever is standing there with them that day and whoever is not with them that day (i.e., everyone).
4. A warning was given against turning away from the Lord God to go serve the gods of other nations, else the Lord will blot out his name from under heaven (the Lamb’s Book of Life pertains).
5. Sodom and Gomorrah pertains (see: blog posting of April 15 above for link to one of four videos)
DEUTERONOMY 30: Repentance and Forgiveness
1. If his people will return to the Lord God and obey his voice, he will restore your fortunes and have compassion on them.
2. He will gather them again from where he has scattered them.
3. He will put all the curses on their foes and enemies that persecuted them.
4. Note how the phrase “when YOU turn” reflects a personal decision. We are to choose.
DEUTERONOMY 31: Joshua to Succeed Moses
1. Moses was 120 years old when he was denied going over the Jordan to enter the land.
2. The Lord promised that he himself will go over the Jordan before his people.
3. He will destroy those nations so the people could dispossess them.
4. Joshua will go over as head of the people.
5. At the end of every seven years, at the set time in the year of release, at the Feast of Booths, when all Israel comes to appear before the Lord your God at the place that he will choose, you shall read this law before all Israel in the hearing.
6. Strong warning indicating the Lord’s anger will be kindled against the people for turning away from him once they cross over the Jordan.
7. The Book of Law was to be put into the Ark of the Covenant.
DEUTERONOMY 32: The Song of Moses
1. Moses said, “Let the earth hear the words of my mouth.”
2. As 29:3 above reveals, the Book of Law applied to all people.
3. Moses was denied crossing the Jordan, “because you broke faith with me in the midst of the people of Israel at the waters of Meribah-kadesh, in the wilderness of Zin, and because you did not treat me as holy in the midst of the people of Israel.”