Today is our last reading in the Book of Numbers. Can you believe we have read together: Genesis, Job, Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers already? Tomorrow we begin the book of Deuteronomy.
Deuteronomy in Hebrew is ‘Elleh Haddebarim meaning “These Are the Words”. The Greek translation to English is “Second Law”. The entire generation that fled Egypt in the Exodus has died. NONE were allowed to enter the Promised Land as a consequence to their lack of trust in the Lord. Only 3 people from the first generation are alive, Moses, Joshua and Caleb. Moses’ brother (Aaron) and sister (Miriam) died as we ended reading in the Book of Numbers. Before long, Moses will also die.
This book is a collection of speeches “addresses” from Moses to the new Generation, giving it the name “the second law” since he will have to repeat the law over again. Moses is such a faithful servant to the Lord, he made these speeches to the new generations knowing the entire time that his own lack of obedience had already cost him his entry into the Land. However, it is a book of renewal of the covenant given at Mt. Sinai.
Just like Leviticus did not progress historically … neither does Deuteronomy. It takes place entirely on the plains of Moab due east of Jericho and the Jordan River.
These addresses probably took about 7 days to recite.
- Leviticus was a 2 year period camped at the base of Mt. Sinai.
- Numbers was a 40 year period of wandering.
- Deuteronomy will only cover about a 1- 2 month period.
Many of us have wandered for years in our own life, even as a Christian, and there comes a time when we dedicate ourselves to the Lord. The first 4 books of the Bible are about God choosing His people. This book is about His people choosing God. This book is divided into 4 sections:
- What God has done for us. (History since the exodus from Egypt)
- The principals for Godly Living (Law with special attention on prohibitions of idolatry and other pagan practices, the establishment of a central sanctuary, and preparation for a kingdom.)
- A call for Commitment to God (Blessings or Curses)
- A change in Leadership. Joshua as the leader and Eleazar (Aaron’s son) as the new Priest. It is believed that Chapter 34 about Moses’ death was possibly written by Joshua.
As we hear/read the law for the second time, pray that the Holy Spirit will open our eyes and our hearts so this Word falls NEW upon us. Pray as we read this that we will Choose these words to be our standard of living in order to commit TOTALLY, without reservation, surrendering ALL to the Lord. A NEW beginning for your life …. A NEW dedication.
A key verse in this book is Deuteronomy 7:9
Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.
Sharing HIS love,