Obey

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Deuteronomy 11-13 The constant theme of Deuteronomy is that God’s people should obey His commandments. But isn’t this one of the major themes of the entire Bible? We are saved not by works but by trusting in Jesus Christ. As saved persons, however, we are called to good works. Just as with the Israelites, God promises that blessings will flow from obedience. “Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust …

By Grace Alone

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Deuteronomy 8-10 The Israelites had spent years in slavery and then 40 more years depending on God for their daily bread as they went through the wilderness. Soon, however, they would enter the promised land described elsewhere as a land “flowing with milk and honey.” They would suddenly experience prosperity and that would be dangerous to their spiritual life. It was important therefore that Israel should constantly focus on the fact that they were saved by grace alone …

The Lord Our God

Claudia Elzinga

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

Claudia Elzinga

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

Claudia Elzinga

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

Claudia Elzinga

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 …