The Lord Our God

READ : Deuteronomy 5-7 The people are to realize that even though it was their forefathers who were literally present, the Ten Commandments have been spoken to them. So now the Ten Commandments are repeated with the emphasis that this generation is to obey them, for they are the commandments of the Lord our God. So also the Bible is to be the living word to us; through it our God is speaking to us, calling us to trust and …

The Lord Alone Is God

READ : Deuteronomy 3-4 Having finished rehearsing their history, Moses says “And now, O Israel, give heed to the statutes. . .” The message from God always ends with “and now”. This is the truth “and now” this is what you should do about it. Sound doctrine is never an end in itself; it is always a call to sound action on our part. These people not only knew what God had done in dealing with their ancestors in the …

Learning from Our History

READ : Deuteronomy 1-2 Genesis takes us from creation to the people of Israel being in Egypt. Exodus is the story of their escape from Egypt and travel to Mount Sinai. Leviticus takes place at Mount Sinai. Numbers tells the story from Mount Sinai to the borders of the promised land. Deuteronomy takes place at those borders. Deuteronomy means literally “second law”. It consists of the farewell messages of Moses in which he reminds the Israelites of their history and …

Cities of Refuge

READ : Numbers 33-36 The Levites were not to have a separate area for their inheritance as did the other tribes. Rather, they were to be given 48 cities and the surrounding territory to live in. The idea was that scattered among the tribes they would be available to teach the law of God to the people. There is no historical evidence that such a program was practiced; perhaps that was one reason for the downfall of Israel. May all …

The Lord's Battles

READ : Numbers 31-32 The idea that God commanded the children of Israel to slay their enemies, men, women and children, is highly offensive to many people, and understandably so. It has caused some people to reject the Bible and others to reject parts of the Bible such as this. The problem needs to be faced honestly. If Israel was to be a blessing to the whole world, she needed to be a holy people. The nations around her were …