Today’s reading is: Deut. 1:1-3:20
Deuteronomy Chapter One
- Deuteronomy is outlined differently by different men. See Logos Factbook (Bible Book Guide > Content > Outline)
- Bruce Wilkinson’s Walk-Thru the Bible outlined Deuteronomy into 3 overall sermons: 1:1-4:43; 4:44-26:19; 27-34.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- Moses reviews the history of the Exodus generation’s departure from Mt. Horeb (Mt. Sinai) (Dt. 1:6-8; Num. 10:11ff.).
- Moses reviews the establishment of the 70 elders of Israel (Dt. 1:9-18; Ex. 18:19-26 cf. Num. 11:11-17).
- 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
- 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).
- Moses reviews Israel’s journey past Moab & Ammon (Dt. 2:9-23; Num. 21:10-20).
- Moab & Ammon likewise have land grants (Dt. 21:9,19 cf. Gen. 13:8-11).
- 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).
- Emim (Dt. 2:10-11). Moabite name for Rephaim.
- Anakim (Dt. 2:10-11). Regarded as Rephaim.
- Zanzumim (Dt. 2:20-21) Ammonite name for Rephaim.
- Avvim (Dt. 2:23) evidently another Rephaim group dispossessed by the Caphtorim (Philistines) (Dt. 2:23).
- Moses reviews Israel’s warfare with Sihon, King of Heshbon (Dt. 2:24-37; Num. 21:21-32).
Deuteronomy Chapter Three
- 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).
- 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)