With today’s reading and post, I have made it 1/6th through the Bible this year. It won’t be much longer until the story will actually shift to more things happening. If you’re reading with me, we’re still in this retelling of all that has happened to Israel since they left Egypt. At the moment, Moses is telling a whole bunch of laws to the nation.
By the end of today’s post, Deuteronomy will be finished and Moses will be dead.
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Laws about divorce are discussed. Also, reaping and harvesting are mentioned. I think that one of the best verses in this chapter is a reminder that
Interesting chapter about how one brother should marry his sister-in-law in the case that his brother (her husband) dies. If he is unwilling to fulfill this duty, they are to go out to the city gate. He has to perform a physical act by taking off his sandal and allow her to spit in his face. Can you imagine the flannelgraph that could come from this? His house will forever be called “The house of him who had his sandal pulled off.” I wonder why they don’t call him “spit face”
The first fruits of harvest are to go to the Lord. He will set you in praise and in fame and in honor HIGH above all other nations that He has made.
Deuteronomy 27 – 29
Moses tells them to set up large stones after they cross over the Jordan as a reminder of the law. There you should worship the Lord. If you disobey God and His laws, you will be cursed.. He will send in a nation to destroy you. BUT! remember that if you do good and listen and obey, there will be many blessings. The Lord will establish you. The Lord will open up his storehouses.
God tells and warns in this chapter that He knows that they will fall away. He knows that they will disobey and seek after fleshly things and other gods, but He will have compassion on them and will restore them when they return to Him with a circumcised heart.
Joshua is commissioned to succeed Moses. We already know that God has been working on Joshua and instilling the leadership skills and training that he will need (and he’ll need it immediately. He’ll need it even before he steps his first foot in the Jordan)
Moses tells the nation to read the law often. He also reminds Joshua to be strong and courageous.
Moses puts all these words to a tune. There is now a song that can be used to teach Israel. The song is filled with imagery for who God is and how they should see Him.
Great, the Rock, Justice, Faithful, upright, father, Most High, like an eagle, Lord, Jealous.
Moses is told by the Lord to go up on Mount Nebo (where he will be able to view the land of canaan, but where he will die too)
Final blessings from Moses on all the tribes.
Moses’ death. He was 120. His eye was undimmed and his vigor unabated. The people wept and mourned.
Joshua takes his place as leader. Full of the spirit of wisdom.
There has not arisen a prophet since in Israel like Moses.