The book of Deuteronomy is incredible. I’m very excited to get into it with y’all. Watch the Bible Project overview here.
Yes, this is the last book of the Torah. Israel has met their God, been mightily rescued from Egypt, given the Law, rebelled and experienced 40 years of consequences. I see it as God’s charge, that He’s going to do incredible things in and through them, but they MUST do it His way.
It’s a volatile situation and He knows it completely: the terrain, the social, religious, economical climate, the potential pit falls and the one chance at miraculous success. Listen up, people! As the BP guys note: listen and OBEY.
“Then I said to you, “Do not be terrified; do not be afraid of them. The LORD your God, who is going before you, will fight for you, as He did for you in Egypt, before your very eyes,” (1:29-30)
He is with you with you with you! This is a call to cast aside fear. It’s interesting to note, then, how this manifests in chapter 2. God sets out perameters. He is going to give them powerful success in the specific, strategic land He promised Abraham. He’s not going to wildly mow down everyone in their path. He commands them to leave people in the surrounding areas alone. “I’m giving you this, don’t grab for that.”
We live in the glorious era of the Holy Spirit. God has transformed the hearts of His people, we can hear His voice and follow His commands. God longs to communicate with us. We can see this in Deuteronomy’s detailed instruction. He doesn’t leave us to guess. So are we listening to what He has to say?
My OT professor in Bible college called Deuteronomy the “key to the Old Testament”. By it we can measure the actions and outcomes of Israel. Their rises and falls will come in direct correlation to their obedience and disobedience. As you read Joshua through Malachi, you can notice and know the grace and justice of God, based on an understanding of what He said about it here. You will see it is comprehensive and detailed. A good law for people living between 1400-400 BC, with principles spanning throughout every generation. Much is repeated from Exodus, Leviticus and Numbers. This is a beautiful summation and I hope you enjoy it as you meditate on the principles and engage with the text. Please don’t hesitate to ask questions along the way!