Today’s reading is: Deut. 3:21-5:33
Deuteronomy Chapter Three
(Outline continues from yesterday)
- Moses reviews his charge to Joshua, and the call to be strong in the Lord (Dt. 3:21,22; Num. 27:22,23).
- Moses confesses a request he made to the Lord, not previously revealed, that the Lord might allow him entrance into the land after all (Dt. 3:23-29). The Lord denies Moses’ request (v.26), and the instructions He gives Moses (v.27) are finally obeyed at the time of his death (Dt. 34:1-5).
Deuteronomy Chapter Four
- Moses’ 1st Farewell Discourse closes with chapter four. Having reviewed the Exodus’ and wilderness generation’s past, Moses warns the present people of God to listen, so that they may live (Dt. 4:1).
- Obedience to the Word of God is essential to reaping experiential blessings in time (Dt. 4:1).
- We must guard against adding to God’s Word, or taking away from God’s Word (Dt. 4:2; 12:32; Rev. 22:18).
- Moses warns them to learn from their past mistakes (Dt. 4:3,4).
- Moses reminds them that he is simply the messenger, relaying God’s laws to them (Dt. 4:5).
- Moses reminds them that they are a peculiar people, different and separate from the nations around them (Dt. 4:6-8).
- Moses reminds them that they are accountable to teach the Word of God to their children (Dt. 4:9-14).
- Moses reminds them how serious the issue of idolatry is (Dt. 4:15-24).
- Moses prophesies of Israel’s future idolatry, exile, and restoration (Dt. 4:25-31).
- Moses concludes his first discourse (all the series of messages from Dt. 1-4), reminding Israel of how unique they are in God the Father’s grace eternal plan of the ages (Dt. 4:32-40).
- Between discourse #1 & #2, Moses designates the three trans-Jordan Cities of Refuge (Dt. 4:41-49).
Deuteronomy Chapter Five
- Moses’ 2nd Farewell Discourse is a review of Mount Horeb (Sinai) and the Ten Commandments they received there (Dt. 5:1-21).
- Moses reviews the fear of Israel, and their desire for a mediator between them and the holiness of God (Dt. 5:22-33).
- Israel’s national fear (terror) would have been better as a national fear (reverence) (Dt. 5:28).
- While the Lord condescended to the Exodus generation’s fear, He looked forward to the day when He would give all Israel a heart to fear Him and keep all His commandments (Dt. 5:29; Ezek. 36:22-31; Jer. 31:31-34).
- Thus, the Lord’s eternal purpose to make Israel a Kingdom of Priests (Ex. 19:6) is not thwarted, but simply delayed in a patient outworking of His glory.
- A similar eternal purpose could be studied regarding the Lord’s eternal purpose for sinless humanity to be fruitful and multiply (Gen. 1:28). That purpose is not thwarted, but simply delayed in a patient outworking of His glory—the thousand generations of the Fulness of Times (Eph. 1:10).