Today’s reading is: Deut. 29:2-31:29
Deuteronomy Chapter Twenty-Nine
- Chapters 29-31 form Moses’ 5th Farewell Discourse.
- Moses begins this message with a “here we are now” perspective (Deut. 29:2-13).
- You have observed the Exodus and the wilderness wanderings with human observation (Deut. 29:2,3,5,6).
- You have not yet received a heart to know, nor eyes to see, nor ears to hear (Deut. 29:4; Isa. 6:9,10; Ezek. 36:24-27; cp. Eph. 1:18,19a).
- We’ve had to fight “impossible odds” even before entering into the promised land (Deut. 29:7,8).
- Let’s not blow it now, obey the Lord and identify with the blessings of His covenant (Deut. 29:9-13).
- Moses reminds Israel that the Lord’s covenant was not just with them, but with the Patriarchs, and elders who have preceded them, and the generations of Israel that have yet to come (Deut. 29:14,15).
- In light of this perspective, Israel should be careful to learn from the idolatrous failures of their parents (Deut. 29:16,17).
- In light of this perspective, future generations should be careful to avoid this idolatrous failure (Deut. 29:18-21).
- Moses taught that in generations to come, this precise idolatry is certain to happen (Deut. 29:22-28).
- Judgment will be severe.
- The example will be set for Gentile nations to learn by.
- The chapter concludes with a governing principle for every dispensation (Deut. 29:29).
- Believers should not worry about the future unrevealed things.
- Believers have enough accountability concerning the things already revealed.
Deuteronomy Chapter Thirty
- The Lord’s judgment and the dispersion of Israel are not the end of the story. God will regather Israel, and establish them in the land (Deut. 30:1-5).
- This restoration of Israel will only happen when Israel returns to the Lord with all their heart and soul (Deut. 30:2) (as a consequence of the Great Tribulation of Israel) (Dan. 12:1; Isa. 10:20-23; Jer. 30).
- The regathering will be a world-wide regathering (Deut. 30:3,4).
- The Lord will also circumcise their heart, and provide the spiritual empowerment for them to fulfill their responsibilities in the land (Deut. 30:6; Jer. 31:31-34; 32:37-40).
- The Lord will bless Israel in that day, because Israel will faithfully keep these laws (Deut. 30:7-10).
- Even now, Israel may abide in the Word, and prove to be His disciples (Deut. 30:11-14 cf. Jn. 8:31; Rom. 8:4; 10:5-8).
- Moses lays it out one more time, as an either/or message for Israel to volitionally take hold of (Deut. 30:15-20).
Deuteronomy Chapter Thirty-One
- Moses concludes his 5th farewell message on his 120th birthday (Deut. 31:1,2).
- Moses encourages Israel that their faith is in the Lord, and not in their human leader (Deut. 31:3-6; cf. 1st Cor. 2:5).
- Moses charges Joshua to lead by example, and demonstrate the strength and courage Israel must possess (Deut. 31:7,8).
- Moses concluded his written works.
- Moses is the author of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Psalm 90, and possibly Job.
- These written works, as inspired Scripture (2nd Tim. 3:16; 2nd Pet. 1:20,21), endure to this day in their current forms.
- Reconstructed autographs of the Hebrew, Aramaic and Koine Greek God-breathed Scriptures.
- Vernacular translations into any and all contemporary languages.
- The Book of the Covenant (Ex. 24:7) no longer exists in that precise form, but most likely consisted of the collection of laws found in Ex. 20:22-23:33.
- The Book of the Law of Moses (Deut. 31:9,24-26) no longer exists in that precise form, but most likely consisted of the legal portions of Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, & Deuteronomy.
- Moses entrusted this Book to the Levitical priesthood (Deut. 31:24-29).
- This is the Book which was to be read from each Feast of Tabernacles (Deut. 31:10-13).
- This is the Book which Hilkiah found during the reign of Josiah (2nd Kgs. 22:8).
- The Lord requires Joshua’s ordination to be a public manner before the assembly of all Israel (Deut. 31:14,15,23).
- The Lord provides a song for Moses to teach Israel, which will highlight His faithfulness despite Israel’s faithlessness (Deut. 31:16-22; 32:1-43).