Behold, the LORD thy God hath set the land before thee: go up and possess it, as the LORD God of thy fathers hath said unto thee; fear not, neither be discouraged.~Deuteronomy 1:21
Obedience brings blessing; disobedience brings punishment
Deuteronomy restates the covenant of love between God and his people issued earlier in Exodus. As he prepares to die and relinquish leadership to Joshua, Moses delivers three sermons. Each sermon reminds this new generation of Israelites of the journey from Egypt, through the desert, to Canaan. In this final words, Moses renews the Israelites’ covenant with God by reminding them of what God has done in the past, specifying how God wants them to live in the present, and announcing what God promises for their future.
Woven throughout the historic events of Deuteronomy are opportunities to look at life’s choices from God’s perspective. We are cautioned to keep our focus on God and to not allow idolatry to take hold in our lives ( Dt 4). We are reminded to love God in everything we do, say or think and to pass this information along to our children (Dt 6). We learn that even the little things in our lives matter to God, and we are urged to avoid practices that, though acceptable in our society, may be detestable in God’s eyes (Dt 18).
Moses ends Deuteronomy with a song and a blessing (Dt 32-33). These final words urge the Israelites-and-us to learn from the past and to prepare for the future by choosing to walk in covenant faith with God.
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