Deuteronomy

THE LIFE OF MOSES

This book is the continuation and final part of the five-part series called the Torah or Pentateuch, and the last episode of the Israelites.  Read Moses final speeches to his people before he dies and they enter the promised land. Read his heartache and future hope for the people he has led all these years, these are the last words of Moses and you are going to get so much out of this incredible book!

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Part One

The Lord your God, who is going before you, will fight for you

D 1:30


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LESSONS FROM THE GREATEST LEADER OF ALL TIME

There have been some incredible speeches throughout history; 1940 Winston Churchill – “We Shall Fight them on the Beaches”, 1963 Martin Luther King Jr - “I have a Dream”, I love reading these inspiring speeches and being challenged by their incredible leadership in the worst of circumstances.

As we read Deuteronomy, having studied the Pentateuch now in full in our schedule (congratulations guys!), we have walked with one of the most incredible leaders of all time, Moses. We have watched as he walked the people of Israel out of Egypt, into the wilderness and around for 40 years. Putting up with their whining and complaining against God, interceding on their behalf, taking care of them and guiding them through.

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DEEP DIVE

by dr kyle keimer

“Listen up!” This is the cry of someone who wants to get our attention. Have you ever had a teacher or a boss say that to you? If so, we know that they mean business and what they’re about to say is of importance for us. It is this phrase, often translated as “Hear, O Israel” (shema’ yisra’el) that we come across multiple times in the book of Deuteronomy (5:1; 6:4; 9:1; 20:3; 27:9).

The most famous instance of this imperative phrase is Deut 6:4, the beginning of what is known in Judaism as the Shema’, the ultimate declaration of what the Israelites (and later Jews) believed. The Shema’ covers verses 4-9 and is recapitulated by Jesus in Mk 12:28-34 as the greatest commandment. The Shema’ calls for both inward and external expression of love for God. Further, it sets a responsibility on the people to teach future generations about God and to meditate on His “words” (i.e., His commandments, teachings, expressions of His love and character) all the time. Really, what the Shema’ is saying is, “God loved us first, so we can love him. Think about Him all the time and let your inner thoughts and outer actions bear witness to your relationship with Him” (cf. 1 Jn 4:19; Jas 2:14-26).  

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Part Two

remember the Lord your God brought you out of egypt with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm

D 5:15


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6 THINGS YOU MUST NEVER FORGET

When you are reading Deuteronomy, over and over again you hear this heartbreaking declaration, it is a prophetic declaration, it’s pleading with the people, and it’s heartbreaking. God knows the keys to which this nation is going to walk away from him and in Deuteronomy he tries over and over again to stop them from doing it.

The word remember happens 16 times in this book. And as you read it as one book you can hear the heartache of God and Moses as his messenger. Don’t forget what he did, don’t forget what he has done, don’t forget he is the Lord. This is foundational in the lives of the Israelites as they enter the promised land. They are about to have their prayers answered; they are about to walk in the land that they have been waiting for, for hundreds of years. They are about to get the very thing they had been desiring, and God keeps reminding them, don’t forget me!

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DEEP DIVE

by RYAN KERRISON

Deuteronomy, the closing book of the Torah, consists of three main sermons, addresses or speeches, depending on which bible scholar you ask. Roughly divided by Chapters 1:1-4:43, 4:44-26:19 and, 27:1-34:12, the first section of chapters cover; a preamble of the covenant made between the people of Israel and God. In addition to this Moses reminds the new generation of the rebelliousness of the Israelites in the wilderness, a reminder of what God has done for them already. A recap of God’s faithfulness. Moses is addressing his speech to the new generation, those fortunate enough to be allowed by God, into the Promise Land.

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