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Today’s reading is: Deut. 1:1-3:20


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Deuteronomy Chapter One

  1. Deuteronomy is outlined differently by different men. See Logos Factbook (Bible Book Guide > Content > Outline)
    1. Bruce Wilkinson’s Walk-Thru the Bible outlined Deuteronomy into 3 overall sermons: 1:1-4:43; 4:44-26:19; 27-34. 
    2. Ralph Braun’s 1189 Bible Chapter Titles outlined Deuteronomy into 5 farewell messages: 1-3; 4-11; 12-27; 28-30; 31.  Chapters 32&33 are counted separately as the 6th & 7th messages of the book.
    3. Bob Bolender’s outline of Deuteronomy is closer to Ralph Braun’s.  Bob’s outline: 1-4; 5-11; 12-26; 27-28; 29-31 for the 5 farewell discourses (series of messages), plus a psalm (ch.32) and a deathbed blessing (ch.33).
  2. The description of Deuteronomy is set out in the introduction to the Book (Dt. 1:1-4).  Moses is reviewing their history, and the Law God gave them to live under.
  3. Moses’ 1st Farewell Discourse starts with the 11 day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea, via Mt. Seir.  This 11 day journey took forty years (Dt. 1:2,3). The Deuteronomic usages of Horeb rather than Sinai does not at all demand separate authorship.
  4. Moses reviews the history of the Exodus generation’s departure from Mt. Horeb (Mt. Sinai) (Dt. 1:6-8; Num. 10:11ff.).
  5. Moses reviews the establishment of the 70 elders of Israel (Dt. 1:9-18; Ex. 18:19-26 cf. Num. 11:11-17).
  6. Moses reviews the failure at Kadesh-barnea (Dt. 1:19-46; Num. 13,14), including his own personal failure (Dt. 1:37; Num. 20).

Deuteronomy Chapter Two

  1. Moses’ 1st Farewell Discourse continues with a review of Israel’s journey past Edom (Dt. 2:1-8,12; Num. 20:14-22; 21:4). Note the Edomite land grant entailed a dispossession of Horites in Seir (Dt. 2:12,22 cf. Lev. 18:25,28; 20:22; Acts 17:26).
  2. Moses reviews Israel’s journey past Moab & Ammon (Dt. 2:9-23; Num. 21:10-20).
    1. Moab & Ammon likewise have land grants (Dt. 21:9,19 cf. Gen. 13:8-11).
    2. This text provides additional terminology related to the Nephilim/Rephaim giant studies that spans the OT eras from Noah to David (Gen. 6 to 2nd Sam. 21 || 1st Chr. 20).
      1. Emim (Dt. 2:10-11). Moabite name for Rephaim.
      2. Anakim (Dt. 2:10-11). Regarded as Rephaim.
      3. Zanzumim (Dt. 2:20-21) Ammonite name for Rephaim.
      4. Avvim (Dt. 2:23) evidently another Rephaim group dispossessed by the Caphtorim (Philistines) (Dt. 2:23).
  3. Moses reviews Israel’s warfare with Sihon, King of Heshbon (Dt. 2:24-37; Num. 21:21-32).

Deuteronomy Chapter Three

  1. Moses’ 1st Farewell Discourse continues with a review of Israel’s warfare with Og, King of Bashan (Dt. 3:1-11; Num. 21:33-35). This is yet another Deuteronomy text that provides a glimpse of Rephaim remnants (Dt. 3:11).
  2. Moses reviews the land grant to Reuben, Gad, and ½ Manasseh (Dt. 3:12-17; Num. 32:33-42), and the requirement that these tribes assist in the Conquest of Canaan (Dt. 3:18-20; Num. 32:20-24).

(Chapter Three continues tomorrow)