Reflections on Deuteronomy

This particular book of the Bible is more a record of some teachings of Moses than part of the overall story. It’s almost like the Epistles that are waiting for us down the road. It doesn’t get to tell a story (other than recounting what we’ve already read in a more succinct fashion) until the last few chapters. Overall, ┬áthis is a message to stay … Continue reading Reflections on Deuteronomy

Deuteronomy 31-34: Succession of Leadership

Part five of Deuteronomy covers the death of Moses and the eventual succession of Joshua to his place of leadership over the Israelites. Chapter thirty one As a parent, this chapter makes me laugh a little. The first thing that is done is that Moses announces his age and that he is dying soon. He pronounces Joshua his successor and then the go into the … Continue reading Deuteronomy 31-34: Succession of Leadership

Deuteronomy 27-30: Moses’s Final Speech

At this point, Moses has a few directives for when the Israelites get to the promised land, plus some blessings and a curse that might be the scariest thing I’ve ever read. These will be part four of Deuteronomy and Moses’s final speech. Chapter twenty seven Moses begins by telling them all that the law he has given them must be written down on plaster … Continue reading Deuteronomy 27-30: Moses’s Final Speech

Deuteronomy 12-26: Moses Second Speech Part 2

Part three of Deuteronomy covers the second half of Moses’s second speech/sermon. Each chapter goes into deeper detail on the things that were covered in several previous places. Here is the breakdown: Chapter twelve Sacrifices when they get into the land that was promised warning against worshipping idols and even worshipping God in the way that the disposessed people had worshipped their gods. Moses is … Continue reading Deuteronomy 12-26: Moses Second Speech Part 2

Deuteronomy 4-11: Moses’s Second speech part one

Part two of Deuteronomy is the first part of Moses’s Second Speech or sermon to the Israelites. It starts at the end of chapter four. Chapter four Most of this chapter is discussed in the previous post, but there’s a bit where Moses┬áre-introduces the law at the very end. Chapter five The first thing to be recapped is the Ten Commandments. Of these, there are … Continue reading Deuteronomy 4-11: Moses’s Second speech part one

Deuteronomy 1-4: Moses’s First Speech

Part one of Deuteronomy is Moses first speech, or the first of this set of sermons. According to my study Bible, that’s mostly what this book consists of, Moses’ sermons. After that, there’s a succession of leadership. This first speech cuts off part way through chapter four, so it’ll be mentioned in the next one too. Chapter one This book begins with Moses recounting the … Continue reading Deuteronomy 1-4: Moses’s First Speech