Daily reading

Today’s reading is: Deut. 10-12


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Deuteronomy Chapter Ten

  1. Moses’ 2nd Farwell Discourse continues with additional testimony to Israel’s failures (Deut. 10:1-11).
  2. Moses then preaches to Israel a sermon of practical application (Deut. 10:12-22).
    1. The Mosaic Way of Life is defined in terms readily analogous to the Christian Way of Life (Deut. 10:12-14).
      1. The Fear of the Lord.
      2. Walking in His ways.
      3. Loving Him.
      4. Serving Him with total devotion.
      5. Recognizing and submitting to Absolute Divine Sovereignty.
    2. An admonishment is issued to not imitate the Exodus generation (Deut. 10:15).
    3. The humble believer before the Lord is the believer with a  circumcised heart (Deut. 10:16).
    4. The believer with an orientation to the Justice of God will reflect that orientation through his own expression of justice (Deut. 10:17,18).
    5. The believer with an orientation to the Love of God will reflect that orientation through his own expression of love (Deut. 10:19).
    6. The believer with an orientation to the Omnipotence of God will reflect that orientation through his own expression of praise (Deut. 10:20-22).

Deuteronomy Chapter Eleven

  1. Israel is commanded to function according to a doctrinal standpoint of love.
    1. Love for God on the part of a believer produces a motivation for that believer to fulfill his work-assignment (charge) (Deut. 11:1a).
    2. Love for God on the part of a believer produces a motivation for that believer to obey the whole counsel of God’s Word (statutes, ordinances, & commandments) (Deut. 11:1b).
  2. Moses’ message of application stresses the accountability this generation faces, as they observed the Lord’s mighty works.
    1. In their youth, observing the Exodus (Deut. 11:2-4).
    2. In their youth, observing their parents’ failure (Deut. 11:5,6).
    3. In their adulthood, observing their own failures and victories (Deut. 11:7).
  3. The Lord describes the promised land with a contrast to the land of Egypt (Deut. 11:8-12).
  4. The Lord promises temporal-life agricultural prosperity (Deut. 11:13-17), and military prosperity (Deut. 11:22-25) as a blessing/reward for Israel’s humble obedience.
  5. Moses stresses how vital it is to raise up children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord (Deut. 11:18-21).
  6. Moses concluded his 2nd Farewell Discourse, laying out a “choose you this day” message of blessing or cursing (Deut. 11:26-32).
    1. The entire issue is laid before Israel for them to respond to on a volitional basis.
    2. The blessings and cursings are established and scheduled for recitation on Mt. Gerizim and Mt. Ebal (Deut. 11:29; 27:11-13; Josh. 8:33).

Deuteronomy Chapter Twelve

  1. Chapter 12 begins Moses’ 3rd Farewell Discourse to the nation of Israel, the longest section of Moses’ farewell (Dt. 12-26), and highlights the central worship that ultimately Jerusalem will enjoy.
  2. The first activity Israel must be concerned with is the total destruction of Canaanite idolatry (Deut. 12:1-4).
    1. This is done because the Canaanite idolatry is abhorrent in the eyes of God.
    2. This is done because any remnants of Canaanite idolatry will become stumbling blocks for Israel.
  3. When Israel is established in the land, there will be one place where the Lord may be sought, as His dwelling (Deut. 12:5).
    1. While Israel is traveling, of course the tabernacle (dwelling) is portable, and not limited to one place.
    2. Once Israel is settled, the tabernacle (dwelling) will be settled, and replaced by the temple.  This will be the one place where the Lord may be sought, where He establishes His name for His dwelling.
    3. This passage must be compared and contrasted to other passages that allow for other sacrifices to be made.
      1. The altars of earth, built with uncut stones, were to be built in every place where His name was remembered (Ex. 20:24-26).
      2. Many other altars and sacrifices were offered in the Old Testament besides the National Sacrifices at the Tabernacle/Temple.
        1. The altar on Mt. Ebal (Dt. 27:1-8; Josh. 8:30-32).
        2. Gideon’s altar(s) (Jdg. 6:24,26ff.).
        3. Manoah’s altar (Jdg. 13:20).
        4. Samuel’s altar (1st Sam. 7:17).
  4. The unique location of the Lord’s dwelling, therefore, relates to His presence among His covenant nation, and the location for them to come before Him as a nation (Deut. 12:6-14).
  5. Other modifications occur, once the traveling nation becomes the established nation (Deut. 12:15-28).
  6. The chapter concludes, as it began, with the emphasis on not being ensnared by the Canaanite idolatry (Deut. 12:29-32).