Day 162: Deuteronomy: the last words of Moses.

This Book in the Bible contains the last words from Moses, before he dies. He dies before the Israelites enter the Promised Land. His task was fulfilled and he delivered them to the place God picked out for them. Between their time in Egypt, and the 40 years in the desert, this ancestral line 470 years. Obviously, it’s a whole new group of people.

Moses offers three main things in his speeches:

  1. Due to this is a whole new group, Moses must give them an explanation about the Egypt trip, including the plagues, and the miracles God performed for them so that they weren’t affected by these plagues.
  2. The 40 years in the desert was because of their constant complaining and refusals to obey God’s commands; therefore, how could they be ready to handle something as big as entering the Promised Land? They were afraid to invade Canaan because of walled cities, and giants. They did not trust that God had their backs, even after He proved to them/ancestors in Egypt, that He did. God waited out for the next generation that were braver, to grow up. They had to renew their agreements to God that the previous generation had made with Him. The laws are reviewed, and rituals are performed.
  3. Moses appoints Joshua as his replacement. He leads the Israelites in taking back their homeland. Moses had divided the land giving what is now called Jordan to the tribes of Reuben and Gad, and half to the tribe of Manasseh.

And he teaches them about he laws and decrees. Deuteronomy 4:1 “Obey them so that you may live, so you may enter and occupy the land that the Lord, the God of your ancestors, is giving you.”

This is my favorite verse from this book:

Deuteronomy 30:19 “Today, I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses…Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live!”

God will reward them with abundance for their loyalty to Him, with livestock, many children, abundant crops. The consequences of not obeying will return the disasters. That’s just the way positive and negative energies work. Positive moves you forward, and negative moves you backward. Still true today. Still true tomorrow.

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