Day number 13! Nothing unlucky about this one. With this post, I will finish off the 4th book of the Old Testament and proceed into the fifth book. Deuteronomy is basically a recap of the Israelites after leaving Egypt. When we finish the book of Deuteronomy, Moses will die and Joshua will take over and lead the israelites over the Jordan river.
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As we’re nearing the end of Moses’ life, he once again recounts the journey of Israel from Egypt. A whole generation has passed away, so Moses wants to make sure that the timeline and walking/wandering directions have been documented. This chapter is a recount of that entire journey. After, Moses (speaking for the Lord, tells them that the land that they are about to go requires them to remove the current inhabitants. They must drive them from the land. Otherwise, they will be thorns in the side and trouble to the israelites.
Boundaries of the new nation/promised land are detailed.
Cities of refuge are established and commanded. These cities will belong to the Levites, but will also be a place that anyone who kills any person without intent can flee for safety and refuge. A murderer who purposefully kills, should be put to death.
Again the daughters of Zelophehad are promised an inheritance and must marry within their tribe.
This retelling starts off at Israel’s worst hour, where they refused to enter the land when God told them to. They failed to listen to Caleb and Joshua (who wholly followed God.) They failed to trust God. God passed judgment on an entire generation who ultimately would not see the promised land.
Moses reminds Israel that they’ve been wandering/waiting for 38 years since the disobedience. The entire time, they have lacked nothing. Moab is allowed to keep their land because of God’s promise to Lot. King Sihon is defeated.
King Og is defeated. The area of Gilead is promised to Reuben, but their men of valor must cross over armed with their brothers and fight beside them. Then they can return to their promised possession.
Moses is told once and for all that he will not enter the promised land and that Joshua will lead the nation.
Moses reminds israel to obey God through everything. Fear Him. Follow Him. Trust Him. No other gods before Him.
“know therefore today, and lay it to your heart, that the Lord is God in heaven above and on the earth beneath: there is NO other.”
10 Commandments are reminded. God has shown us His glory and greatness. He has allowed us to hear his voice out of the midst of the fire… and we still live.
Remember the whole commandment and statutes and rules. Teach them. Follow them. Do them.
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.
Teach all these commands to your children.
Obey God. Do not put Him to a Test.
All His commands are for our good.
Do all these things because you are a Holy people. Chosen as a treasured possession. You are a steadfast possession of God. His love.