Daily reading

Today’s reading is: Deut. 3:21-5:33


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Deuteronomy Chapter Three

(Outline continues from yesterday)

  1. Moses reviews his charge to Joshua, and the call to be strong in the Lord (Dt. 3:21,22; Num. 27:22,23).
  2. 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

  1. 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).
    1. Obedience to the Word of God is essential to reaping experiential blessings in time (Dt. 4:1).
    2. We must guard against adding to God’s Word, or taking away from God’s Word (Dt. 4:2; 12:32; Rev. 22:18).
  2. Moses warns them to learn from their past mistakes (Dt. 4:3,4).
  3. Moses reminds them that he is simply the messenger, relaying God’s laws to them (Dt. 4:5).
  4. Moses reminds them that they are a peculiar people, different and separate from the nations around them (Dt. 4:6-8).
  5. Moses reminds them that they are accountable to teach the Word of God to their children (Dt. 4:9-14).
  6. Moses reminds them how serious the issue of idolatry is (Dt. 4:15-24).
  7. Moses prophesies of Israel’s future idolatry, exile, and restoration (Dt. 4:25-31).
  8. 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).
  9. Between discourse #1 & #2, Moses designates the three trans-Jordan Cities of Refuge (Dt. 4:41-49).

Deuteronomy Chapter Five

  1. Moses’ 2nd Farewell Discourse is a review of Mount Horeb (Sinai) and the Ten Commandments they received there (Dt. 5:1-21).
  2. Moses reviews the fear of Israel, and their desire for a mediator between them and the holiness of God (Dt. 5:22-33).
    1. Israel’s national fear (terror) would have been better as a national fear (reverence) (Dt. 5:28).
    2. 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).
    3. 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.
    4. 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).