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Deuteronomy 1-21 Summary
Deuteronomy 1-21
Skip Heitzig

Deuteronomy 1 (NKJV™)
1 These are the words which Moses spoke to all Israel on this side of the Jordan in the wilderness, in the plain opposite Suph, between Paran, Tophel, Laban, Hazeroth, and Dizahab.
2 It is eleven days' journey from Horeb by way of Mount Seir to Kadesh Barnea.
3 Now it came to pass in the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first day of the month, that Moses spoke to the children of Israel according to all that the LORD had given him as commandments to them,
4 after he had killed Sihon king of the Amorites, who dwelt in Heshbon, and Og king of Bashan, who dwelt at Ashtaroth in Edrei.
5 On this side of the Jordan in the land of Moab, Moses began to explain this law, saying,
6 "The LORD our God spoke to us in Horeb, saying: 'You have dwelt long enough at this mountain.
7 'Turn and take your journey, and go to the mountains of the Amorites, to all the neighboring places in the plain, in the mountains and in the lowland, in the South and on the seacoast, to the land of the Canaanites and to Lebanon, as far as the great river, the River Euphrates.
8 'See, I have set the land before you; go in and possess the land which the LORD swore to your fathers--to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob--to give to them and their descendants after them.'
9 "And I spoke to you at that time, saying: 'I alone am not able to bear you.
10 'The LORD your God has multiplied you, and here you are today, as the stars of heaven in multitude.
11 'May the LORD God of your fathers make you a thousand times more numerous than you are, and bless you as He has promised you!
12 'How can I alone bear your problems and your burdens and your complaints?
13 'Choose wise, understanding, and knowledgeable men from among your tribes, and I will make them heads over you.'
14 "And you answered me and said, 'The thing which you have told us to do is good.'
15 "So I took the heads of your tribes, wise and knowledgeable men, and made them heads over you, leaders of thousands, leaders of hundreds, leaders of fifties, leaders of tens, and officers for your tribes.
16 "Then I commanded your judges at that time, saying, 'Hear the cases between your brethren, and judge righteously between a man and his brother or the stranger who is with him.
17 'You shall not show partiality in judgment; you shall hear the small as well as the great; you shall not be afraid in any man's presence, for the judgment is God's. The case that is too hard for you, bring to me, and I will hear it.'
18 "And I commanded you at that time all the things which you should do.
19 "So we departed from Horeb, and went through all that great and terrible wilderness which you saw on the way to the mountains of the Amorites, as the LORD our God had commanded us. Then we came to Kadesh Barnea.
20 "And I said to you, 'You have come to the mountains of the Amorites, which the LORD our God is giving us.
21 'Look, the LORD your God has set the land before you; go up and possess it, as the LORD God of your fathers has spoken to you; do not fear or be discouraged.'
22 "And everyone of you came near to me and said, 'Let us send men before us, and let them search out the land for us, and bring back word to us of the way by which we should go up, and of the cities into which we shall come.'
23 "The plan pleased me well; so I took twelve of your men, one man from each tribe.
24 "And they departed and went up into the mountains, and came to the Valley of Eshcol, and spied it out.
25 "They also took some of the fruit of the land in their hands and brought it down to us; and they brought back word to us, saying, 'It is a good land which the LORD our God is giving us.'
26 "Nevertheless you would not go up, but rebelled against the command of the LORD your God;
27 "and you complained in your tents, and said, 'Because the LORD hates us, He has brought us out of the land of Egypt to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites, to destroy us.
28 'Where can we go up? Our brethren have discouraged our hearts, saying, "The people are greater and taller than we; the cities are great and fortified up to heaven; moreover we have seen the sons of the Anakim there."'
29 "Then I said to you, 'Do not be terrified, or afraid of them.
30 'The LORD your God, who goes before you, He will fight for you, according to all He did for you in Egypt before your eyes,
31 'and in the wilderness where you saw how the LORD your God carried you, as a man carries his son, in all the way that you went until you came to this place.'
32 "Yet, for all that, you did not believe the LORD your God,
33 "who went in the way before you to search out a place for you to pitch your tents, to show you the way you should go, in the fire by night and in the cloud by day.
34 "And the LORD heard the sound of your words, and was angry, and took an oath, saying,
35 'Surely not one of these men of this evil generation shall see that good land of which I swore to give to your fathers,
36 'except Caleb the son of Jephunneh; he shall see it, and to him and his children I am giving the land on which he walked, because he wholly followed the LORD.'
37 "The LORD was also angry with me for your sakes, saying, 'Even you shall not go in there;
38 'Joshua the son of Nun, who stands before you, he shall go in there. Encourage him, for he shall cause Israel to inherit it.
39 'Moreover your little ones and your children, who you say will be victims, who today have no knowledge of good and evil, they shall go in there; to them I will give it, and they shall possess it.
40 'But as for you, turn and take your journey into the wilderness by the Way of the Red Sea.'
41 "Then you answered and said to me, 'We have sinned against the LORD; we will go up and fight, just as the LORD our God commanded us.' And when everyone of you had girded on his weapons of war, you were ready to go up into the mountain.
42 "And the LORD said to me, 'Tell them, "Do not go up nor fight, for I am not among you; lest you be defeated before your enemies."'
43 "So I spoke to you; yet you would not listen, but rebelled against the command of the LORD, and presumptuously went up into the mountain.
44 "And the Amorites who dwelt in that mountain came out against you and chased you as bees do, and drove you back from Seir to Hormah.
45 "Then you returned and wept before the LORD, but the LORD would not listen to your voice nor give ear to you.
46 "So you remained in Kadesh many days, according to the days that you spent there.
Deuteronomy 2 (NKJV™)
1 "Then we turned and journeyed into the wilderness of the Way of the Red Sea, as the LORD spoke to me, and we skirted Mount Seir for many days.
2 "And the LORD spoke to me, saying:
3 'You have skirted this mountain long enough; turn northward.
4 'And command the people, saying, "You are about to pass through the territory of your brethren, the descendants of Esau, who live in Seir; and they will be afraid of you. Therefore watch yourselves carefully.
5 "Do not meddle with them, for I will not give you any of their land, no, not so much as one footstep, because I have given Mount Seir to Esau as a possession.
6 "You shall buy food from them with money, that you may eat; and you shall also buy water from them with money, that you may drink.
7 "For the LORD your God has blessed you in all the work of your hand. He knows your trudging through this great wilderness. These forty years the LORD your God has been with you; you have lacked nothing."'
8 "And when we passed beyond our brethren, the descendants of Esau who dwell in Seir, away from the road of the plain, away from Elath and Ezion Geber, we turned and passed by way of the Wilderness of Moab.
9 "Then the LORD said to me, 'Do not harass Moab, nor contend with them in battle, for I will not give you any of their land as a possession, because I have given Ar to the descendants of Lot as a possession.'"
10 (The Emim had dwelt there in times past, a people as great and numerous and tall as the Anakim.
11 They were also regarded as giants, like the Anakim, but the Moabites call them Emim.
12 The Horites formerly dwelt in Seir, but the descendants of Esau dispossessed them and destroyed them from before them, and dwelt in their place, just as Israel did to the land of their possession which the LORD gave them.)
13 " 'Now rise and cross over the Valley of the Zered.' So we crossed over the Valley of the Zered.
14 "And the time we took to come from Kadesh Barnea until we crossed over the Valley of the Zered was thirty-eight years, until all the generation of the men of war was consumed from the midst of the camp, just as the LORD had sworn to them.
15 "For indeed the hand of the LORD was against them, to destroy them from the midst of the camp until they were consumed.
16 "So it was, when all the men of war had finally perished from among the people,
17 "that the LORD spoke to me, saying:
18 'This day you are to cross over at Ar, the boundary of Moab.
19 'And when you come near the people of Ammon, do not harass them or meddle with them, for I will not give you any of the land of the people of Ammon as a possession, because I have given it to the descendants of Lot as a possession.'"
20 (That was also regarded as a land of giants; giants formerly dwelt there. But the Ammonites call them Zamzummim,
21 a people as great and numerous and tall as the Anakim. But the LORD destroyed them before them, and they dispossessed them and dwelt in their place,
22 just as He had done for the descendants of Esau, who dwelt in Seir, when He destroyed the Horites from before them. They dispossessed them and dwelt in their place, even to this day.
23 And the Avim, who dwelt in villages as far as Gaza--the Caphtorim, who came from Caphtor, destroyed them and dwelt in their place.)
24 " 'Rise, take your journey, and cross over the River Arnon. Look, I have given into your hand Sihon the Amorite, king of Heshbon, and his land. Begin to possess it, and engage him in battle.
25 'This day I will begin to put the dread and fear of you upon the nations under the whole heaven, who shall hear the report of you, and shall tremble and be in anguish because of you.'
26 "And I sent messengers from the Wilderness of Kedemoth to Sihon king of Heshbon, with words of peace, saying,
27 'Let me pass through your land; I will keep strictly to the road, and I will turn neither to the right nor to the left.
28 'You shall sell me food for money, that I may eat, and give me water for money, that I may drink; only let me pass through on foot,
29 'just as the descendants of Esau who dwell in Seir and the Moabites who dwell in Ar did for me, until I cross the Jordan to the land which the LORD our God is giving us.'
30 "But Sihon king of Heshbon would not let us pass through, for the LORD your God hardened his spirit and made his heart obstinate, that He might deliver him into your hand, as it is this day.
31 "And the LORD said to me, 'See, I have begun to give Sihon and his land over to you. Begin to possess it, that you may inherit his land.'
32 "Then Sihon and all his people came out against us to fight at Jahaz.
33 "And the LORD our God delivered him over to us; so we defeated him, his sons, and all his people.
34 "We took all his cities at that time, and we utterly destroyed the men, women, and little ones of every city; we left none remaining.
35 "We took only the livestock as plunder for ourselves, with the spoil of the cities which we took.
36 "From Aroer, which is on the bank of the River Arnon, and from the city that is in the ravine, as far as Gilead, there was not one city too strong for us; the LORD our God delivered all to us.
37 "Only you did not go near the land of the people of Ammon--anywhere along the River Jabbok, or to the cities of the mountains, or wherever the LORD our God had forbidden us.
Deuteronomy 3 (NKJV™)
1 "Then we turned and went up the road to Bashan; and Og king of Bashan came out against us, he and all his people, to battle at Edrei.
2 "And the LORD said to me, 'Do not fear him, for I have delivered him and all his people and his land into your hand; you shall do to him as you did to Sihon king of the Amorites, who dwelt at Heshbon.'
3 "So the LORD our God also delivered into our hands Og king of Bashan, with all his people, and we attacked him until he had no survivors remaining.
4 "And we took all his cities at that time; there was not a city which we did not take from them: sixty cities, all the region of Argob, the kingdom of Og in Bashan.
5 "All these cities were fortified with high walls, gates, and bars, besides a great many rural towns.
6 "And we utterly destroyed them, as we did to Sihon king of Heshbon, utterly destroying the men, women, and children of every city.
7 "But all the livestock and the spoil of the cities we took as booty for ourselves.
8 "And at that time we took the land from the hand of the two kings of the Amorites who were on this side of the Jordan, from the River Arnon to Mount Hermon
9 '(the Sidonians call Hermon Sirion, and the Amorites call it Senir),
10 "all the cities of the plain, all Gilead, and all Bashan, as far as Salcah and Edrei, cities of the kingdom of Og in Bashan.
11 "For only Og king of Bashan remained of the remnant of the giants. Indeed his bedstead was an iron bedstead. (Is it not in Rabbah of the people of Ammon?) Nine cubits is its length and four cubits its width, according to the standard cubit.
12 "And this land, which we possessed at that time, from Aroer, which is by the River Arnon, and half the mountains of Gilead and its cities, I gave to the Reubenites and the Gadites.
13 "The rest of Gilead, and all Bashan, the kingdom of Og, I gave to half the tribe of Manasseh. (All the region of Argob, with all Bashan, was called the land of the giants.
14 "Jair the son of Manasseh took all the region of Argob, as far as the border of the Geshurites and the Maachathites, and called Bashan after his own name, Havoth Jair, to this day.)
15 "Also I gave Gilead to Machir.
16 "And to the Reubenites and the Gadites I gave from Gilead as far as the River Arnon, the middle of the river as the border, as far as the River Jabbok, the border of the people of Ammon;
17 "the plain also, with the Jordan as the border, from Chinnereth as far as the east side of the Sea of the Arabah (the Salt Sea), below the slopes of Pisgah.
18 "Then I commanded you at that time, saying: 'The LORD your God has given you this land to possess. All you men of valor shall cross over armed before your brethren, the children of Israel.
19 'But your wives, your little ones, and your livestock (I know that you have much livestock) shall stay in your cities which I have given you,
20 'until the LORD has given rest to your brethren as to you, and they also possess the land which the LORD your God is giving them beyond the Jordan. Then each of you may return to his possession which I have given you.'
21 "And I commanded Joshua at that time, saying, 'Your eyes have seen all that the LORD your God has done to these two kings; so will the LORD do to all the kingdoms through which you pass.
22 'You must not fear them, for the LORD your God Himself fights for you.'
23 "Then I pleaded with the LORD at that time, saying:
24 'O Lord GOD, You have begun to show Your servant Your greatness and Your mighty hand, for what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do anything like Your works and Your mighty deeds?
25 'I pray, let me cross over and see the good land beyond the Jordan, those pleasant mountains, and Lebanon.'
26 "But the LORD was angry with me on your account, and would not listen to me. So the LORD said to me: 'Enough of that! Speak no more to Me of this matter.
27 'Go up to the top of Pisgah, and lift your eyes toward the west, the north, the south, and the east; behold it with your eyes, for you shall not cross over this Jordan.
28 'But command Joshua, and encourage him and strengthen him; for he shall go over before this people, and he shall cause them to inherit the land which you will see.'
29 "So we stayed in the valley opposite Beth Peor.
Deuteronomy 4 (NKJV™)
1 "Now, O Israel, listen to the statutes and the judgments which I teach you to observe, that you may live, and go in and possess the land which the LORD God of your fathers is giving you.
2 "You shall not add to the word which I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.
3 "Your eyes have seen what the LORD did at Baal Peor; for the LORD your God has destroyed from among you all the men who followed Baal of Peor.
4 "But you who held fast to the LORD your God are alive today, every one of you.
5 "Surely I have taught you statutes and judgments, just as the LORD my God commanded me, that you should act according to them in the land which you go to possess.
6 "Therefore be careful to observe them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples who will hear all these statutes, and say, 'Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.'
7 "For what great nation is there that has God so near to it, as the LORD our God is to us, for whatever reason we may call upon Him?
8 "And what great nation is there that has such statutes and righteous judgments as are in all this law which I set before you this day?
9 "Only take heed to yourself, and diligently keep yourself, lest you forget the things your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. And teach them to your children and your grandchildren,
10 "especially concerning the day you stood before the LORD your God in Horeb, when the LORD said to me, 'Gather the people to Me, and I will let them hear My words, that they may learn to fear Me all the days they live on the earth, and that they may teach their children.'
11 "Then you came near and stood at the foot of the mountain, and the mountain burned with fire to the midst of heaven, with darkness, cloud, and thick darkness.
12 "And the LORD spoke to you out of the midst of the fire. You heard the sound of the words, but saw no form; you only heard a voice.
13 "So He declared to you His covenant which He commanded you to perform, the Ten Commandments; and He wrote them on two tablets of stone.
14 "And the LORD commanded me at that time to teach you statutes and judgments, that you might observe them in the land which you cross over to possess.
15 "Take careful heed to yourselves, for you saw no form when the LORD spoke to you at Horeb out of the midst of the fire,
16 "lest you act corruptly and make for yourselves a carved image in the form of any figure: the likeness of male or female,
17 "the likeness of any animal that is on the earth or the likeness of any winged bird that flies in the air,
18 "the likeness of anything that creeps on the ground or the likeness of any fish that is in the water beneath the earth.
19 "And take heed, lest you lift your eyes to heaven, and when you see the sun, the moon, and the stars, all the host of heaven, you feel driven to worship them and serve them, which the LORD your God has given to all the peoples under the whole heaven as a heritage.
20 "But the LORD has taken you and brought you out of the iron furnace, out of Egypt, to be His people, an inheritance, as you are this day.
21 "Furthermore the LORD was angry with me for your sakes, and swore that I would not cross over the Jordan, and that I would not enter the good land which the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance.
22 "But I must die in this land, I must not cross over the Jordan; but you shall cross over and possess that good land.
23 "Take heed to yourselves, lest you forget the covenant of the LORD your God which He made with you, and make for yourselves a carved image in the form of anything which the LORD your God has forbidden you.
24 "For the LORD your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.
25 "When you beget children and grandchildren and have grown old in the land, and act corruptly and make a carved image in the form of anything, and do evil in the sight of the LORD your God to provoke Him to anger,
26 "I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that you will soon utterly perish from the land which you cross over the Jordan to possess; you will not prolong your days in it, but will be utterly destroyed.
27 "And the LORD will scatter you among the peoples, and you will be left few in number among the nations where the LORD will drive you.
28 "And there you will serve gods, the work of men's hands, wood and stone, which neither see nor hear nor eat nor smell.
29 "But from there you will seek the LORD your God, and you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul.
30 "When you are in distress, and all these things come upon you in the latter days, when you turn to the LORD your God and obey His voice
31 '(for the LORD your God is a merciful God), He will not forsake you nor destroy you, nor forget the covenant of your fathers which He swore to them.
32 "For ask now concerning the days that are past, which were before you, since the day that God created man on the earth, and ask from one end of heaven to the other, whether any great thing like this has happened, or anything like it has been heard.
33 "Did any people ever hear the voice of God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as you have heard, and live?
34 "Or did God ever try to go and take for Himself a nation from the midst of another nation, by trials, by signs, by wonders, by war, by a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, and by great terrors, according to all that the LORD your God did for you in Egypt before your eyes?
35 "To you it was shown, that you might know that the LORD Himself is God; there is none other besides Him.
36 "Out of heaven He let you hear His voice, that He might instruct you; on earth He showed you His great fire, and you heard His words out of the midst of the fire.
37 "And because He loved your fathers, therefore He chose their descendants after them; and He brought you out of Egypt with His Presence, with His mighty power,
38 "driving out from before you nations greater and mightier than you, to bring you in, to give you their land as an inheritance, as it is this day.
39 "Therefore know this day, and consider it in your heart, that the LORD Himself is God in heaven above and on the earth beneath; there is no other.
40 "You shall therefore keep His statutes and His commandments which I command you today, that it may go well with you and with your children after you, and that you may prolong your days in the land which the LORD your God is giving you for all time."
41 Then Moses set apart three cities on this side of the Jordan, toward the rising of the sun,
42 that the manslayer might flee there, who kills his neighbor unintentionally, without having hated him in time past, and that by fleeing to one of these cities he might live:
43 Bezer in the wilderness on the plateau for the Reubenites, Ramoth in Gilead for the Gadites, and Golan in Bashan for the Manassites.
44 Now this is the law which Moses set before the children of Israel.
45 These are the testimonies, the statutes, and the judgments which Moses spoke to the children of Israel after they came out of Egypt,
46 on this side of the Jordan, in the valley opposite Beth Peor, in the land of Sihon king of the Amorites, who dwelt at Heshbon, whom Moses and the children of Israel defeated after they came out of Egypt.
47 And they took possession of his land and the land of Og king of Bashan, two kings of the Amorites, who were on this side of the Jordan, toward the rising of the sun,
48 from Aroer, which is on the bank of the River Arnon, even to Mount Sion (that is, Hermon),
49 and all the plain on the east side of the Jordan as far as the Sea of the Arabah, below the slopes of Pisgah.
Deuteronomy 5 (NKJV™)
1 And Moses called all Israel, and said to them: "Hear, O Israel, the statutes and judgments which I speak in your hearing today, that you may learn them and be careful to observe them.
2 "The LORD our God made a covenant with us in Horeb.
3 "The LORD did not make this covenant with our fathers, but with us, those who are here today, all of us who are alive.
4 "The LORD talked with you face to face on the mountain from the midst of the fire.
5 "I stood between the LORD and you at that time, to declare to you the word of the LORD; for you were afraid because of the fire, and you did not go up the mountain. He said:
6 'I am the LORD your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
7 'You shall have no other gods before Me.
8 'You shall not make for yourself a carved image--any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth;
9 you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me,
10 but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
11 'You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.
12 'Observe the Sabbath day, to keep it holy, as the LORD your God commanded you.
13 Six days you shall labor and do all your work,
14 but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your ox, nor your donkey, nor any of your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates, that your male servant and your female servant may rest as well as you.
15 And remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the LORD your God brought you out from there by a mighty hand and by an outstretched arm; therefore the LORD your God commanded you to keep the Sabbath day.
16 'Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God has commanded you, that your days may be long, and that it may be well with you in the land which the LORD your God is giving you.
17 'You shall not murder.
18 'You shall not commit adultery.
19 'You shall not steal.
20 'You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
21 'You shall not covet your neighbor's wife; and you shall not desire your neighbor's house, his field, his male servant, his female servant, his ox, his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor's.'
22 "These words the LORD spoke to all your assembly, in the mountain from the midst of the fire, the cloud, and the thick darkness, with a loud voice; and He added no more. And He wrote them on two tablets of stone and gave them to me.
23 "So it was, when you heard the voice from the midst of the darkness, while the mountain was burning with fire, that you came near to me, all the heads of your tribes and your elders.
24 "And you said: 'Surely the LORD our God has shown us His glory and His greatness, and we have heard His voice from the midst of the fire. We have seen this day that God speaks with man; yet he still lives.
25 'Now therefore, why should we die? For this great fire will consume us; if we hear the voice of the LORD our God anymore, then we shall die.
26 'For who is there of all flesh who has heard the voice of the living God speaking from the midst of the fire, as we have, and lived?
27 'You go near and hear all that the LORD our God may say, and tell us all that the LORD our God says to you, and we will hear and do it.'
28 "Then the LORD heard the voice of your words when you spoke to me, and the LORD said to me: 'I have heard the voice of the words of this people which they have spoken to you. They are right in all that they have spoken.
29 'Oh, that they had such a heart in them that they would fear Me and always keep all My commandments, that it might be well with them and with their children forever!
30 'Go and say to them, "Return to your tents."
31 'But as for you, stand here by Me, and I will speak to you all the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments which you shall teach them, that they may observe them in the land which I am giving them to possess.'
32 "Therefore you shall be careful to do as the LORD your God has commanded you; you shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left.
33 "You shall walk in all the ways which the LORD your God has commanded you, that you may live and that it may be well with you, and that you may prolong your days in the land which you shall possess.
Deuteronomy 6 (NKJV™)
1 "Now this is the commandment, and these are the statutes and judgments which the LORD your God has commanded to teach you, that you may observe them in the land which you are crossing over to possess,
2 "that you may fear the LORD your God, to keep all His statutes and His commandments which I command you, you and your son and your grandson, all the days of your life, and that your days may be prolonged.
3 "Therefore hear, O Israel, and be careful to observe it, that it may be well with you, and that you may multiply greatly as the LORD God of your fathers has promised you--'a land flowing with milk and honey.'
4 "Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one!
5 "You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.
6 "And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart.
7 "You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.
8 "You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.
9 "You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
10 "So it shall be, when the LORD your God brings you into the land of which He swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give you large and beautiful cities which you did not build,
11 "houses full of all good things, which you did not fill, hewn-out wells which you did not dig, vineyards and olive trees which you did not plant--when you have eaten and are full--
12 "then beware, lest you forget the LORD who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.
13 "You shall fear the LORD your God and serve Him, and shall take oaths in His name.
14 "You shall not go after other gods, the gods of the peoples who are all around you
15 '(for the LORD your God is a jealous God among you), lest the anger of the LORD your God be aroused against you and destroy you from the face of the earth.
16 "You shall not tempt the LORD your God as you tempted Him in Massah.
17 "You shall diligently keep the commandments of the LORD your God, His testimonies, and His statutes which He has commanded you.
18 "And you shall do what is right and good in the sight of the LORD, that it may be well with you, and that you may go in and possess the good land of which the LORD swore to your fathers,
19 "to cast out all your enemies from before you, as the LORD has spoken.
20 "When your son asks you in time to come, saying, 'What is the meaning of the testimonies, the statutes, and the judgments which the LORD our God has commanded you?'
21 "then you shall say to your son: 'We were slaves of Pharaoh in Egypt, and the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand;
22 'and the LORD showed signs and wonders before our eyes, great and severe, against Egypt, Pharaoh, and all his household.
23 'Then He brought us out from there, that He might bring us in, to give us the land of which He swore to our fathers.
24 'And the LORD commanded us to observe all these statutes, to fear the LORD our God, for our good always, that He might preserve us alive, as it is this day.
25 'Then it will be righteousness for us, if we are careful to observe all these commandments before the LORD our God, as He has commanded us.'
Deuteronomy 7 (NKJV™)
1 "When the LORD your God brings you into the land which you go to possess, and has cast out many nations before you, the Hittites and the Girgashites and the Amorites and the Canaanites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and mightier than you,
2 "and when the LORD your God delivers them over to you, you shall conquer them and utterly destroy them. You shall make no covenant with them nor show mercy to them.
3 "Nor shall you make marriages with them. You shall not give your daughter to their son, nor take their daughter for your son.
4 "For they will turn your sons away from following Me, to serve other gods; so the anger of the LORD will be aroused against you and destroy you suddenly.
5 "But thus you shall deal with them: you shall destroy their altars, and break down their sacred pillars, and cut down their wooden images, and burn their carved images with fire.
6 "For you are a holy people to the LORD your God; the LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth.
7 "The LORD did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any other people, for you were the least of all peoples;
8 "but because the LORD loves you, and because He would keep the oath which He swore to your fathers, the LORD has brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you from the house of bondage, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.
9 "Therefore know that the LORD your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments;
10 "and He repays those who hate Him to their face, to destroy them. He will not be slack with him who hates Him; He will repay him to his face.
11 "Therefore you shall keep the commandment, the statutes, and the judgments which I command you today, to observe them.
12 "Then it shall come to pass, because you listen to these judgments, and keep and do them, that the LORD your God will keep with you the covenant and the mercy which He swore to your fathers.
13 "And He will love you and bless you and multiply you; He will also bless the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your land, your grain and your new wine and your oil, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flock, in the land of which He swore to your fathers to give you.
14 "You shall be blessed above all peoples; there shall not be a male or female barren among you or among your livestock.
15 "And the LORD will take away from you all sickness, and will afflict you with none of the terrible diseases of Egypt which you have known, but will lay them on all those who hate you.
16 "And you shall destroy all the peoples whom the LORD your God delivers over to you; your eye shall have no pity on them; nor shall you serve their gods, for that will be a snare to you.
17 "If you should say in your heart, 'These nations are greater than I; how can I dispossess them?'--
18 "you shall not be afraid of them, but you shall remember well what the LORD your God did to Pharaoh and to all Egypt:
19 "the great trials which your eyes saw, the signs and the wonders, the mighty hand and the outstretched arm, by which the LORD your God brought you out. So shall the LORD your God do to all the peoples of whom you are afraid.
20 "Moreover the LORD your God will send the hornet among them until those who are left, who hide themselves from you, are destroyed.
21 "You shall not be terrified of them; for the LORD your God, the great and awesome God, is among you.
22 "And the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you little by little; you will be unable to destroy them at once, lest the beasts of the field become too numerous for you.
23 "But the LORD your God will deliver them over to you, and will inflict defeat upon them until they are destroyed.
24 "And He will deliver their kings into your hand, and you will destroy their name from under heaven; no one shall be able to stand against you until you have destroyed them.
25 "You shall burn the carved images of their gods with fire; you shall not covet the silver or gold that is on them, nor take it for yourselves, lest you be snared by it; for it is an abomination to the LORD your God.
26 "Nor shall you bring an abomination into your house, lest you be doomed to destruction like it. You shall utterly detest it and utterly abhor it, for it is an accursed thing.
Deuteronomy 8 (NKJV™)
1 "Every commandment which I command you today you must be careful to observe, that you may live and multiply, and go in and possess the land of which the LORD swore to your fathers.
2 "And you shall remember that the LORD your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.
3 "So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the LORD.
4 "Your garments did not wear out on you, nor did your foot swell these forty years.
5 "You should know in your heart that as a man chastens his son, so the LORD your God chastens you.
6 "Therefore you shall keep the commandments of the LORD your God, to walk in His ways and to fear Him.
7 "For the LORD your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, that flow out of valleys and hills;
8 "a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive oil and honey;
9 "a land in which you will eat bread without scarcity, in which you will lack nothing; a land whose stones are iron and out of whose hills you can dig copper.
10 "When you have eaten and are full, then you shall bless the LORD your God for the good land which He has given you.
11 "Beware that you do not forget the LORD your God by not keeping His commandments, His judgments, and His statutes which I command you today,
12 "lest--when you have eaten and are full, and have built beautiful houses and dwell in them;
13 "and when your herds and your flocks multiply, and your silver and your gold are multiplied, and all that you have is multiplied;
14 "when your heart is lifted up, and you forget the LORD your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage;
15 "who led you through that great and terrible wilderness, in which were fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty land where there was no water; who brought water for you out of the flinty rock;
16 "who fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your fathers did not know, that He might humble you and that He might test you, to do you good in the end--
17 "then you say in your heart, 'My power and the might of my hand have gained me this wealth.'
18 "And you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.
19 "Then it shall be, if you by any means forget the LORD your God, and follow other gods, and serve them and worship them, I testify against you this day that you shall surely perish.
20 "As the nations which the LORD destroys before you, so you shall perish, because you would not be obedient to the voice of the LORD your God.
Deuteronomy 9 (NKJV™)
1 "Hear, O Israel: You are to cross over the Jordan today, and go in to dispossess nations greater and mightier than yourself, cities great and fortified up to heaven,
2 "a people great and tall, the descendants of the Anakim, whom you know, and of whom you heard it said, 'Who can stand before the descendants of Anak?'
3 "Therefore understand today that the LORD your God is He who goes over before you as a consuming fire. He will destroy them and bring them down before you; so you shall drive them out and destroy them quickly, as the LORD has said to you.
4 "Do not think in your heart, after the LORD your God has cast them out before you, saying, 'Because of my righteousness the LORD has brought me in to possess this land'; but it is because of the wickedness of these nations that the LORD is driving them out from before you.
5 "It is not because of your righteousness or the uprightness of your heart that you go in to possess their land, but because of the wickedness of these nations that the LORD your God drives them out from before you, and that He may fulfill the word which the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
6 "Therefore understand that the LORD your God is not giving you this good land to possess because of your righteousness, for you are a stiff-necked people.
7 "Remember. Do not forget how you provoked the LORD your God to wrath in the wilderness. From the day that you departed from the land of Egypt until you came to this place, you have been rebellious against the LORD.
8 "Also in Horeb you provoked the LORD to wrath, so that the LORD was angry enough with you to have destroyed you.
9 "When I went up into the mountain to receive the tablets of stone, the tablets of the covenant which the LORD made with you, then I stayed on the mountain forty days and forty nights. I neither ate bread nor drank water.
10 "Then the LORD delivered to me two tablets of stone written with the finger of God, and on them were all the words which the LORD had spoken to you on the mountain from the midst of the fire in the day of the assembly.
11 "And it came to pass, at the end of forty days and forty nights, that the LORD gave me the two tablets of stone, the tablets of the covenant.
12 "Then the LORD said to me, 'Arise, go down quickly from here, for your people whom you brought out of Egypt have acted corruptly; they have quickly turned aside from the way which I commanded them; they have made themselves a molded image.'
13 "Furthermore the LORD spoke to me, saying, 'I have seen this people, and indeed they are a stiff-necked people.
14 'Let Me alone, that I may destroy them and blot out their name from under heaven; and I will make of you a nation mightier and greater than they.'
15 "So I turned and came down from the mountain, and the mountain burned with fire; and the two tablets of the covenant were in my two hands.
16 "And I looked, and behold, you had sinned against the LORD your God--had made for yourselves a molded calf! You had turned aside quickly from the way which the LORD had commanded you.
17 "Then I took the two tablets and threw them out of my two hands and broke them before your eyes.
18 "And I fell down before the LORD, as at the first, forty days and forty nights; I neither ate bread nor drank water, because of all your sin which you committed in doing wickedly in the sight of the LORD, to provoke Him to anger.
19 "For I was afraid of the anger and hot displeasure with which the LORD was angry with you, to destroy you. But the LORD listened to me at that time also.
20 "And the LORD was very angry with Aaron and would have destroyed him; so I prayed for Aaron also at the same time.
21 "Then I took your sin, the calf which you had made, and burned it with fire and crushed it and ground it very small, until it was as fine as dust; and I threw its dust into the brook that descended from the mountain.
22 "Also at Taberah and Massah and Kibroth Hattaavah you provoked the LORD to wrath.
23 "Likewise, when the LORD sent you from Kadesh Barnea, saying, 'Go up and possess the land which I have given you,' then you rebelled against the commandment of the LORD your God, and you did not believe Him nor obey His voice.
24 "You have been rebellious against the LORD from the day that I knew you.
25 "Thus I prostrated myself before the LORD; forty days and forty nights I kept prostrating myself, because the LORD had said He would destroy you.
26 "Therefore I prayed to the LORD, and said: 'O Lord GOD, do not destroy Your people and Your inheritance whom You have redeemed through Your greatness, whom You have brought out of Egypt with a mighty hand.
27 'Remember Your servants, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; do not look on the stubbornness of this people, or on their wickedness or their sin,
28 'lest the land from which You brought us should say, "Because the LORD was not able to bring them to the land which He promised them, and because He hated them, He has brought them out to kill them in the wilderness."
29 'Yet they are Your people and Your inheritance, whom You brought out by Your mighty power and by Your outstretched arm.'
Deuteronomy 10 (NKJV™)
1 "At that time the LORD said to me, 'Hew for yourself two tablets of stone like the first, and come up to Me on the mountain and make yourself an ark of wood.
2 'And I will write on the tablets the words that were on the first tablets, which you broke; and you shall put them in the ark.'
3 "So I made an ark of acacia wood, hewed two tablets of stone like the first, and went up the mountain, having the two tablets in my hand.
4 "And He wrote on the tablets according to the first writing, the Ten Commandments, which the LORD had spoken to you in the mountain from the midst of the fire in the day of the assembly; and the LORD gave them to me.
5 "Then I turned and came down from the mountain, and put the tablets in the ark which I had made; and there they are, just as the LORD commanded me."
6 (Now the children of Israel journeyed from the wells of Bene Jaakan to Moserah, where Aaron died, and where he was buried; and Eleazar his son ministered as priest in his stead.
7 From there they journeyed to Gudgodah, and from Gudgodah to Jotbathah, a land of rivers of water.
8 At that time the LORD separated the tribe of Levi to bear the ark of the covenant of the LORD, to stand before the LORD to minister to Him and to bless in His name, to this day.
9 Therefore Levi has no portion nor inheritance with his brethren; the LORD is his inheritance, just as the LORD your God promised him.)
10 "As at the first time, I stayed in the mountain forty days and forty nights; the LORD also heard me at that time, and the LORD chose not to destroy you.
11 "Then the LORD said to me, 'Arise, begin your journey before the people, that they may go in and possess the land which I swore to their fathers to give them.'
12 "And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways and to love Him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul,
13 "and to keep the commandments of the LORD and His statutes which I command you today for your good?
14 "Indeed heaven and the highest heavens belong to the LORD your God, also the earth with all that is in it.
15 "The LORD delighted only in your fathers, to love them; and He chose their descendants after them, you above all peoples, as it is this day.
16 "Therefore circumcise the foreskin of your heart, and be stiff-necked no longer.
17 "For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality nor takes a bribe.
18 "He administers justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the stranger, giving him food and clothing.
19 "Therefore love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.
20 "You shall fear the LORD your God; you shall serve Him, and to Him you shall hold fast, and take oaths in His name.
21 "He is your praise, and He is your God, who has done for you these great and awesome things which your eyes have seen.
22 "Your fathers went down to Egypt with seventy persons, and now the LORD your God has made you as the stars of heaven in multitude.
Deuteronomy 11 (NKJV™)
1 "Therefore you shall love the LORD your God, and keep His charge, His statutes, His judgments, and His commandments always.
2 "Know today that I do not speak with your children, who have not known and who have not seen the chastening of the LORD your God, His greatness and His mighty hand and His outstretched arm--
3 "His signs and His acts which He did in the midst of Egypt, to Pharaoh king of Egypt, and to all his land;
4 "what He did to the army of Egypt, to their horses and their chariots: how He made the waters of the Red Sea overflow them as they pursued you, and how the LORD has destroyed them to this day;
5 "what He did for you in the wilderness until you came to this place;
6 "and what He did to Dathan and Abiram the sons of Eliab, the son of Reuben: how the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up, their households, their tents, and all the substance that was in their possession, in the midst of all Israel--
7 "but your eyes have seen every great act of the LORD which He did.
8 "Therefore you shall keep every commandment which I command you today, that you may be strong, and go in and possess the land which you cross over to possess,
9 "and that you may prolong your days in the land which the LORD swore to give your fathers, to them and their descendants, 'a land flowing with milk and honey.'
10 "For the land which you go to possess is not like the land of Egypt from which you have come, where you sowed your seed and watered it by foot, as a vegetable garden;
11 "but the land which you cross over to possess is a land of hills and valleys, which drinks water from the rain of heaven,
12 "a land for which the LORD your God cares; the eyes of the LORD your God are always on it, from the beginning of the year to the very end of the year.
13 'And it shall be that if you earnestly obey My commandments which I command you today, to love the LORD your God and serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul,
14 'then I will give you the rain for your land in its season, the early rain and the latter rain, that you may gather in your grain, your new wine, and your oil.
15 'And I will send grass in your fields for your livestock, that you may eat and be filled.'
16 "Take heed to yourselves, lest your heart be deceived, and you turn aside and serve other gods and worship them,
17 "lest the LORD'S anger be aroused against you, and He shut up the heavens so that there be no rain, and the land yield no produce, and you perish quickly from the good land which the LORD is giving you.
18 "Therefore you shall lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.
19 "You shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.
20 "And you shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates,
21 "that your days and the days of your children may be multiplied in the land of which the LORD swore to your fathers to give them, like the days of the heavens above the earth.
22 "For if you carefully keep all these commandments which I command you to do--to love the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways, and to hold fast to Him--
23 "then the LORD will drive out all these nations from before you, and you will dispossess greater and mightier nations than yourselves.
24 "Every place on which the sole of your foot treads shall be yours: from the wilderness and Lebanon, from the river, the River Euphrates, even to the Western Sea, shall be your territory.
25 "No man shall be able to stand against you; the LORD your God will put the dread of you and the fear of you upon all the land where you tread, just as He has said to you.
26 "Behold, I set before you today a blessing and a curse:
27 "the blessing, if you obey the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you today;
28 "and the curse, if you do not obey the commandments of the LORD your God, but turn aside from the way which I command you today, to go after other gods which you have not known.
29 "Now it shall be, when the LORD your God has brought you into the land which you go to possess, that you shall put the blessing on Mount Gerizim and the curse on Mount Ebal.
30 "Are they not on the other side of the Jordan, toward the setting sun, in the land of the Canaanites who dwell in the plain opposite Gilgal, beside the terebinth trees of Moreh?
31 "For you will cross over the Jordan and go in to possess the land which the LORD your God is giving you, and you will possess it and dwell in it.
32 "And you shall be careful to observe all the statutes and judgments which I set before you today.
Deuteronomy 12 (NKJV™)
1 "These are the statutes and judgments which you shall be careful to observe in the land which the LORD God of your fathers is giving you to possess, all the days that you live on the earth.
2 "You shall utterly destroy all the places where the nations which you shall dispossess served their gods, on the high mountains and on the hills and under every green tree.
3 "And you shall destroy their altars, break their sacred pillars, and burn their wooden images with fire; you shall cut down the carved images of their gods and destroy their names from that place.
4 "You shall not worship the LORD your God with such things.
5 "But you shall seek the place where the LORD your God chooses, out of all your tribes, to put His name for His dwelling place; and there you shall go.
6 "There you shall take your burnt offerings, your sacrifices, your tithes, the heave offerings of your hand, your vowed offerings, your freewill offerings, and the firstborn of your herds and flocks.
7 "And there you shall eat before the LORD your God, and you shall rejoice in all to which you have put your hand, you and your households, in which the LORD your God has blessed you.
8 "You shall not at all do as we are doing here today--every man doing whatever is right in his own eyes--
9 "for as yet you have not come to the rest and the inheritance which the LORD your God is giving you.
10 "But when you cross over the Jordan and dwell in the land which the LORD your God is giving you to inherit, and He gives you rest from all your enemies round about, so that you dwell in safety,
11 "then there will be the place where the LORD your God chooses to make His name abide. There you shall bring all that I command you: your burnt offerings, your sacrifices, your tithes, the heave offerings of your hand, and all your choice offerings which you vow to the LORD.
12 "And you shall rejoice before the LORD your God, you and your sons and your daughters, your male and female servants, and the Levite who is within your gates, since he has no portion nor inheritance with you.
13 "Take heed to yourself that you do not offer your burnt offerings in every place that you see;
14 "but in the place which the LORD chooses, in one of your tribes, there you shall offer your burnt offerings, and there you shall do all that I command you.
15 "However, you may slaughter and eat meat within all your gates, whatever your heart desires, according to the blessing of the LORD your God which He has given you; the unclean and the clean may eat of it, of the gazelle and the deer alike.
16 "Only you shall not eat the blood; you shall pour it on the earth like water.
17 "You may not eat within your gates the tithe of your grain or your new wine or your oil, of the firstborn of your herd or your flock, of any of your offerings which you vow, of your freewill offerings, or of the heave offering of your hand.
18 "But you must eat them before the LORD your God in the place which the LORD your God chooses, you and your son and your daughter, your male servant and your female servant, and the Levite who is within your gates; and you shall rejoice before the LORD your God in all to which you put your hands.
19 "Take heed to yourself that you do not forsake the Levite as long as you live in your land.
20 "When the LORD your God enlarges your border as He has promised you, and you say, 'Let me eat meat,' because you long to eat meat, you may eat as much meat as your heart desires.
21 "If the place where the LORD your God chooses to put His name is too far from you, then you may slaughter from your herd and from your flock which the LORD has given you, just as I have commanded you, and you may eat within your gates as much as your heart desires.
22 "Just as the gazelle and the deer are eaten, so you may eat them; the unclean and the clean alike may eat them.
23 "Only be sure that you do not eat the blood, for the blood is the life; you may not eat the life with the meat.
24 "You shall not eat it; you shall pour it on the earth like water.
25 "You shall not eat it, that it may go well with you and your children after you, when you do what is right in the sight of the LORD.
26 "Only the holy things which you have, and your vowed offerings, you shall take and go to the place which the LORD chooses.
27 "And you shall offer your burnt offerings, the meat and the blood, on the altar of the LORD your God; and the blood of your sacrifices shall be poured out on the altar of the LORD your God, and you shall eat the meat.
28 "Observe and obey all these words which I command you, that it may go well with you and your children after you forever, when you do what is good and right in the sight of the LORD your God.
29 "When the LORD your God cuts off from before you the nations which you go to dispossess, and you displace them and dwell in their land,
30 "take heed to yourself that you are not ensnared to follow them, after they are destroyed from before you, and that you do not inquire after their gods, saying, 'How did these nations serve their gods? I also will do likewise.'
31 "You shall not worship the LORD your God in that way; for every abomination to the LORD which He hates they have done to their gods; for they burn even their sons and daughters in the fire to their gods.
32 "Whatever I command you, be careful to observe it; you shall not add to it nor take away from it.
Deuteronomy 13 (NKJV™)
1 "If there arises among you a prophet or a dreamer of dreams, and he gives you a sign or a wonder,
2 "and the sign or the wonder comes to pass, of which he spoke to you, saying, 'Let us go after other gods'--which you have not known--'and let us serve them,'
3 "you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams, for the LORD your God is testing you to know whether you love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
4 "You shall walk after the LORD your God and fear Him, and keep His commandments and obey His voice, and you shall serve Him and hold fast to Him.
5 "But that prophet or that dreamer of dreams shall be put to death, because he has spoken in order to turn you away from the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt and redeemed you from the house of bondage, to entice you from the way in which the LORD your God commanded you to walk. So you shall put away the evil from your midst.
6 "If your brother, the son of your mother, your son or your daughter, the wife of your bosom, or your friend who is as your own soul, secretly entices you, saying, 'Let us go and serve other gods,' which you have not known, neither you nor your fathers,
7 "of the gods of the people which are all around you, near to you or far off from you, from one end of the earth to the other end of the earth,
8 "you shall not consent to him or listen to him, nor shall your eye pity him, nor shall you spare him or conceal him;
9 "but you shall surely kill him; your hand shall be first against him to put him to death, and afterward the hand of all the people.
10 "And you shall stone him with stones until he dies, because he sought to entice you away from the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.
11 "So all Israel shall hear and fear, and not again do such wickedness as this among you.
12 "If you hear someone in one of your cities, which the LORD your God gives you to dwell in, saying,
13 'Corrupt men have gone out from among you and enticed the inhabitants of their city, saying, "Let us go and serve other gods"'--which you have not known--
14 "then you shall inquire, search out, and ask diligently. And if it is indeed true and certain that such an abomination was committed among you,
15 "you shall surely strike the inhabitants of that city with the edge of the sword--utterly destroying it, all that is in it and its livestock, with the edge of the sword.
16 "And you shall gather all its plunder into the middle of the street, and completely burn with fire the city and all its plunder, for the LORD your God. It shall be a heap forever; it shall not be built again.
17 "So none of the accursed things shall remain in your hand, that the LORD may turn from the fierceness of His anger and show you mercy, have compassion on you and multiply you, just as He swore to your fathers,
18 "because you have listened to the voice of the LORD your God, to keep all His commandments which I command you today, to do what is right in the eyes of the LORD your God.
Deuteronomy 14 (NKJV™)
1 "You are the children of the LORD your God; you shall not cut yourselves nor shave the front of your head for the dead.
2 "For you are a holy people to the LORD your God, and the LORD has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.
3 "You shall not eat any detestable thing.
4 "These are the animals which you may eat: the ox, the sheep, the goat,
5 "the deer, the gazelle, the roe deer, the wild goat, the mountain goat, the antelope, and the mountain sheep.
6 "And you may eat every animal with cloven hooves, having the hoof split into two parts, and that chews the cud, among the animals.
7 "Nevertheless, of those that chew the cud or have cloven hooves, you shall not eat, such as these: the camel, the hare, and the rock hyrax; for they chew the cud but do not have cloven hooves; they are unclean for you.
8 "Also the swine is unclean for you, because it has cloven hooves, yet does not chew the cud; you shall not eat their flesh or touch their dead carcasses.
9 "These you may eat of all that are in the waters: you may eat all that have fins and scales.
10 "And whatever does not have fins and scales you shall not eat; it is unclean for you.
11 "All clean birds you may eat.
12 "But these you shall not eat: the eagle, the vulture, the buzzard,
13 "the red kite, the falcon, and the kite after their kinds;
14 "every raven after its kind;
15 "the ostrich, the short-eared owl, the seagull, and the hawk after their kinds;
16 "the little owl, the screech owl, the white owl,
17 "the jackdaw, the carrion vulture, the fisher owl,
18 "the stork, the heron after its kind, and the hoopoe and the bat.
19 "Also every creeping thing that flies is unclean for you; they shall not be eaten.
20 "You may eat all clean birds.
21 "You shall not eat anything that dies of itself; you may give it to the alien who is within your gates, that he may eat it, or you may sell it to a foreigner; for you are a holy people to the LORD your God. You shall not boil a young goat in its mother's milk.
22 "You shall truly tithe all the increase of your grain that the field produces year by year.
23 "And you shall eat before the LORD your God, in the place where He chooses to make His name abide, the tithe of your grain and your new wine and your oil, of the firstborn of your herds and your flocks, that you may learn to fear the LORD your God always.
24 "But if the journey is too long for you, so that you are not able to carry the tithe, or if the place where the LORD your God chooses to put His name is too far from you, when the LORD your God has blessed you,
25 "then you shall exchange it for money, take the money in your hand, and go to the place which the LORD your God chooses.
26 "And you shall spend that money for whatever your heart desires: for oxen or sheep, for wine or similar drink, for whatever your heart desires; you shall eat there before the LORD your God, and you shall rejoice, you and your household.
27 "You shall not forsake the Levite who is within your gates, for he has no part nor inheritance with you.
28 "At the end of every third year you shall bring out the tithe of your produce of that year and store it up within your gates.
29 "And the Levite, because he has no portion nor inheritance with you, and the stranger and the fatherless and the widow who are within your gates, may come and eat and be satisfied, that the LORD your God may bless you in all the work of your hand which you do.
Deuteronomy 15 (NKJV™)
1 "At the end of every seven years you shall grant a release of debts.
2 "And this is the form of the release: Every creditor who has lent anything to his neighbor shall release it; he shall not require it of his neighbor or his brother, because it is called the LORD'S release.
3 "Of a foreigner you may require it; but you shall give up your claim to what is owed by your brother,
4 "except when there may be no poor among you; for the LORD will greatly bless you in the land which the LORD your God is giving you to possess as an inheritance--
5 "only if you carefully obey the voice of the LORD your God, to observe with care all these commandments which I command you today.
6 "For the LORD your God will bless you just as He promised you; you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow; you shall reign over many nations, but they shall not reign over you.
7 "If there is among you a poor man of your brethren, within any of the gates in your land which the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart nor shut your hand from your poor brother,
8 "but you shall open your hand wide to him and willingly lend him sufficient for his need, whatever he needs.
9 "Beware lest there be a wicked thought in your heart, saying, 'The seventh year, the year of release, is at hand,' and your eye be evil against your poor brother and you give him nothing, and he cry out to the LORD against you, and it become sin among you.
10 "You shall surely give to him, and your heart should not be grieved when you give to him, because for this thing the LORD your God will bless you in all your works and in all to which you put your hand.
11 "For the poor will never cease from the land; therefore I command you, saying, 'You shall open your hand wide to your brother, to your poor and your needy, in your land.'
12 "If your brother, a Hebrew man, or a Hebrew woman, is sold to you and serves you six years, then in the seventh year you shall let him go free from you.
13 "And when you send him away free from you, you shall not let him go away empty-handed;
14 "you shall supply him liberally from your flock, from your threshing floor, and from your winepress. From what the LORD has blessed you with, you shall give to him.
15 "You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the LORD your God redeemed you; therefore I command you this thing today.
16 "And if it happens that he says to you, 'I will not go away from you,' because he loves you and your house, since he prospers with you,
17 "then you shall take an awl and thrust it through his ear to the door, and he shall be your servant forever. Also to your female servant you shall do likewise.
18 "It shall not seem hard to you when you send him away free from you; for he has been worth a double hired servant in serving you six years. Then the LORD your God will bless you in all that you do.
19 "All the firstborn males that come from your herd and your flock you shall sanctify to the LORD your God; you shall do no work with the firstborn of your herd, nor shear the firstborn of your flock.
20 "You and your household shall eat it before the LORD your God year by year in the place which the LORD chooses.
21 "But if there is a defect in it, if it is lame or blind or has any serious defect, you shall not sacrifice it to the LORD your God.
22 "You may eat it within your gates; the unclean and the clean person alike may eat it, as if it were a gazelle or a deer.
23 "Only you shall not eat its blood; you shall pour it on the ground like water.
Deuteronomy 16 (NKJV™)
1 "Observe the month of Abib, and keep the Passover to the LORD your God, for in the month of Abib the LORD your God brought you out of Egypt by night.
2 "Therefore you shall sacrifice the Passover to the LORD your God, from the flock and the herd, in the place where the LORD chooses to put His name.
3 "You shall eat no leavened bread with it; seven days you shall eat unleavened bread with it, that is, the bread of affliction (for you came out of the land of Egypt in haste), that you may remember the day in which you came out of the land of Egypt all the days of your life.
4 "And no leaven shall be seen among you in all your territory for seven days, nor shall any of the meat which you sacrifice the first day at twilight remain overnight until morning.
5 "You may not sacrifice the Passover within any of your gates which the LORD your God gives you;
6 "but at the place where the LORD your God chooses to make His name abide, there you shall sacrifice the Passover at twilight, at the going down of the sun, at the time you came out of Egypt.
7 "And you shall roast and eat it in the place which the LORD your God chooses, and in the morning you shall turn and go to your tents.
8 "Six days you shall eat unleavened bread, and on the seventh day there shall be a sacred assembly to the LORD your God. You shall do no work on it.
9 "You shall count seven weeks for yourself; begin to count the seven weeks from the time you begin to put the sickle to the grain.
10 "Then you shall keep the Feast of Weeks to the LORD your God with the tribute of a freewill offering from your hand, which you shall give as the LORD your God blesses you.
11 "You shall rejoice before the LORD your God, you and your son and your daughter, your male servant and your female servant, the Levite who is within your gates, the stranger and the fatherless and the widow who are among you, at the place where the LORD your God chooses to make His name abide.
12 "And you shall remember that you were a slave in Egypt, and you shall be careful to observe these statutes.
13 "You shall observe the Feast of Tabernacles seven days, when you have gathered from your threshing floor and from your winepress.
14 "And you shall rejoice in your feast, you and your son and your daughter, your male servant and your female servant and the Levite, the stranger and the fatherless and the widow, who are within your gates.
15 "Seven days you shall keep a sacred feast to the LORD your God in the place which the LORD chooses, because the LORD your God will bless you in all your produce and in all the work of your hands, so that you surely rejoice.
16 "Three times a year all your males shall appear before the LORD your God in the place which He chooses: at the Feast of Unleavened Bread, at the Feast of Weeks, and at the Feast of Tabernacles; and they shall not appear before the LORD empty-handed.
17 "Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD your God which He has given you.
18 "You shall appoint judges and officers in all your gates, which the LORD your God gives you, according to your tribes, and they shall judge the people with just judgment.
19 "You shall not pervert justice; you shall not show partiality, nor take a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and twists the words of the righteous.
20 "You shall follow what is altogether just, that you may live and inherit the land which the LORD your God is giving you.
21 "You shall not plant for yourself any tree, as a wooden image, near the altar which you build for yourself to the LORD your God.
22 "You shall not set up a sacred pillar, which the LORD your God hates.
Deuteronomy 17 (NKJV™)
1 "You shall not sacrifice to the LORD your God a bull or sheep which has any blemish or defect, for that is an abomination to the LORD your God.
2 "If there is found among you, within any of your gates which the LORD your God gives you, a man or a woman who has been wicked in the sight of the LORD your God, in transgressing His covenant,
3 "who has gone and served other gods and worshiped them, either the sun or moon or any of the host of heaven, which I have not commanded,
4 "and it is told you, and you hear of it, then you shall inquire diligently. And if it is indeed true and certain that such an abomination has been committed in Israel,
5 "then you shall bring out to your gates that man or woman who has committed that wicked thing, and shall stone to death that man or woman with stones.
6 "Whoever is deserving of death shall be put to death on the testimony of two or three witnesses; he shall not be put to death on the testimony of one witness.
7 "The hands of the witnesses shall be the first against him to put him to death, and afterward the hands of all the people. So you shall put away the evil from among you.
8 "If a matter arises which is too hard for you to judge, between degrees of guilt for bloodshed, between one judgment or another, or between one punishment or another, matters of controversy within your gates, then you shall arise and go up to the place which the LORD your God chooses.
9 "And you shall come to the priests, the Levites, and to the judge there in those days, and inquire of them; they shall pronounce upon you the sentence of judgment.
10 "You shall do according to the sentence which they pronounce upon you in that place which the LORD chooses. And you shall be careful to do according to all that they order you.
11 "According to the sentence of the law in which they instruct you, according to the judgment which they tell you, you shall do; you shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left from the sentence which they pronounce upon you.
12 "Now the man who acts presumptuously and will not heed the priest who stands to minister there before the LORD your God, or the judge, that man shall die. So you shall put away the evil from Israel.
13 "And all the people shall hear and fear, and no longer act presumptuously.
14 "When you come to the land which the LORD your God is giving you, and possess it and dwell in it, and say, 'I will set a king over me like all the nations that are around me,'
15 "you shall surely set a king over you whom the LORD your God chooses; one from among your brethren you shall set as king over you; you may not set a foreigner over you, who is not your brother.
16 "But he shall not multiply horses for himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt to multiply horses, for the LORD has said to you, 'You shall not return that way again.'
17 "Neither shall he multiply wives for himself, lest his heart turn away; nor shall he greatly multiply silver and gold for himself.
18 "Also it shall be, when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write for himself a copy of this law in a book, from the one before the priests, the Levites.
19 "And it shall be with him, and he shall read it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the LORD his God and be careful to observe all the words of this law and these statutes,
20 "that his heart may not be lifted above his brethren, that he may not turn aside from the commandment to the right hand or to the left, and that he may prolong his days in his kingdom, he and his children in the midst of Israel.
Deuteronomy 18 (NKJV™)
1 "The priests, the Levites--all the tribe of Levi--shall have no part nor inheritance with Israel; they shall eat the offerings of the LORD made by fire, and His portion.
2 "Therefore they shall have no inheritance among their brethren; the LORD is their inheritance, as He said to them.
3 "And this shall be the priest's due from the people, from those who offer a sacrifice, whether it is bull or sheep: they shall give to the priest the shoulder, the cheeks, and the stomach.
4 "The firstfruits of your grain and your new wine and your oil, and the first of the fleece of your sheep, you shall give him.
5 "For the LORD your God has chosen him out of all your tribes to stand to minister in the name of the LORD, him and his sons forever.
6 "So if a Levite comes from any of your gates, from where he dwells among all Israel, and comes with all the desire of his mind to the place which the LORD chooses,
7 "then he may serve in the name of the LORD his God as all his brethren the Levites do, who stand there before the LORD.
8 "They shall have equal portions to eat, besides what comes from the sale of his inheritance.
9 "When you come into the land which the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominations of those nations.
10 "There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer,
11 "or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead.
12 "For all who do these things are an abomination to the LORD, and because of these abominations the LORD your God drives them out from before you.
13 "You shall be blameless before the LORD your God.
14 "For these nations which you will dispossess listened to soothsayers and diviners; but as for you, the LORD your God has not appointed such for you.
15 "The LORD your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your midst, from your brethren. Him you shall hear,
16 "according to all you desired of the LORD your God in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying, 'Let me not hear again the voice of the LORD my God, nor let me see this great fire anymore, lest I die.'
17 "And the LORD said to me: 'What they have spoken is good.
18 'I will raise up for them a Prophet like you from among their brethren, and will put My words in His mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him.
19 'And it shall be that whoever will not hear My words, which He speaks in My name, I will require it of him.
20 'But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in My name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet shall die.'
21 "And if you say in your heart, 'How shall we know the word which the LORD has not spoken?'--
22 "when a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the thing does not happen or come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him.
Deuteronomy 19 (NKJV™)
1 "When the LORD your God has cut off the nations whose land the LORD your God is giving you, and you dispossess them and dwell in their cities and in their houses,
2 "you shall separate three cities for yourself in the midst of your land which the LORD your God is giving you to possess.
3 "You shall prepare roads for yourself, and divide into three parts the territory of your land which the LORD your God is giving you to inherit, that any manslayer may flee there.
4 "And this is the case of the manslayer who flees there, that he may live: Whoever kills his neighbor unintentionally, not having hated him in time past--
5 "as when a man goes to the woods with his neighbor to cut timber, and his hand swings a stroke with the ax to cut down the tree, and the head slips from the handle and strikes his neighbor so that he dies--he shall flee to one of these cities and live;
6 "lest the avenger of blood, while his anger is hot, pursue the manslayer and overtake him, because the way is long, and kill him, though he was not deserving of death, since he had not hated the victim in time past.
7 "Therefore I command you, saying, 'You shall separate three cities for yourself.'
8 "Now if the LORD your God enlarges your territory, as He swore to your fathers, and gives you the land which He promised to give to your fathers,
9 "and if you keep all these commandments and do them, which I command you today, to love the LORD your God and to walk always in His ways, then you shall add three more cities for yourself besides these three,
10 "lest innocent blood be shed in the midst of your land which the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance, and thus guilt of bloodshed be upon you.
11 "But if anyone hates his neighbor, lies in wait for him, rises against him and strikes him mortally, so that he dies, and he flees to one of these cities,
12 "then the elders of his city shall send and bring him from there, and deliver him over to the hand of the avenger of blood, that he may die.
13 "Your eye shall not pity him, but you shall put away the guilt of innocent blood from Israel, that it may go well with you.
14 "You shall not remove your neighbor's landmark, which the men of old have set, in your inheritance which you will inherit in the land that the LORD your God is giving you to possess.
15 "One witness shall not rise against a man concerning any iniquity or any sin that he commits; by the mouth of two or three witnesses the matter shall be established.
16 "If a false witness rises against any man to testify against him of wrongdoing,
17 "then both men in the controversy shall stand before the LORD, before the priests and the judges who serve in those days.
18 "And the judges shall make careful inquiry, and indeed, if the witness is a false witness, who has testified falsely against his brother,
19 "then you shall do to him as he thought to have done to his brother; so you shall put away the evil from among you.
20 "And those who remain shall hear and fear, and hereafter they shall not again commit such evil among you.
21 "Your eye shall not pity: life shall be for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.
Deuteronomy 20 (NKJV™)
1 "When you go out to battle against your enemies, and see horses and chariots and people more numerous than you, do not be afraid of them; for the LORD your God is with you, who brought you up from the land of Egypt.
2 "So it shall be, when you are on the verge of battle, that the priest shall approach and speak to the people.
3 "And he shall say to them, 'Hear, O Israel: Today you are on the verge of battle with your enemies. Do not let your heart faint, do not be afraid, and do not tremble or be terrified because of them;
4 'for the LORD your God is He who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.'
5 "Then the officers shall speak to the people, saying: 'What man is there who has built a new house and has not dedicated it? Let him go and return to his house, lest he die in the battle and another man dedicate it.
6 'Also what man is there who has planted a vineyard and has not eaten of it? Let him go and return to his house, lest he die in the battle and another man eat of it.
7 'And what man is there who is betrothed to a woman and has not married her? Let him go and return to his house, lest he die in the battle and another man marry her.'
8 "The officers shall speak further to the people, and say, 'What man is there who is fearful and fainthearted? Let him go and return to his house, lest the heart of his brethren faint like his heart.'
9 "And so it shall be, when the officers have finished speaking to the people, that they shall make captains of the armies to lead the people.
10 "When you go near a city to fight against it, then proclaim an offer of peace to it.
11 "And it shall be that if they accept your offer of peace, and open to you, then all the people who are found in it shall be placed under tribute to you, and serve you.
12 "Now if the city will not make peace with you, but makes war against you, then you shall besiege it.
13 "And when the LORD your God delivers it into your hands, you shall strike every male in it with the edge of the sword.
14 "But the women, the little ones, the livestock, and all that is in the city, all its spoil, you shall plunder for yourself; and you shall eat the enemies' plunder which the LORD your God gives you.
15 "Thus you shall do to all the cities which are very far from you, which are not of the cities of these nations.
16 "But of the cities of these peoples which the LORD your God gives you as an inheritance, you shall let nothing that breathes remain alive,
17 "but you shall utterly destroy them: the Hittite and the Amorite and the Canaanite and the Perizzite and the Hivite and the Jebusite, just as the LORD your God has commanded you,
18 "lest they teach you to do according to all their abominations which they have done for their gods, and you sin against the LORD your God.
19 "When you besiege a city for a long time, while making war against it to take it, you shall not destroy its trees by wielding an ax against them; if you can eat of them, do not cut them down to use in the siege, for the tree of the field is man's food.
20 "Only the trees which you know are not trees for food you may destroy and cut down, to build siegeworks against the city that makes war with you, until it is subdued.
Deuteronomy 21 (NKJV™)
1 "If anyone is found slain, lying in the field in the land which the LORD your God is giving you to possess, and it is not known who killed him,
2 "then your elders and your judges shall go out and measure the distance from the slain man to the surrounding cities.
3 "And it shall be that the elders of the city nearest to the slain man will take a heifer which has not been worked and which has not pulled with a yoke.
4 "The elders of that city shall bring the heifer down to a valley with flowing water, which is neither plowed nor sown, and they shall break the heifer's neck there in the valley.
5 "Then the priests, the sons of Levi, shall come near, for the LORD your God has chosen them to minister to Him and to bless in the name of the LORD; by their word every controversy and every assault shall be settled.
6 "And all the elders of that city nearest to the slain man shall wash their hands over the heifer whose neck was broken in the valley.
7 "Then they shall answer and say, 'Our hands have not shed this blood, nor have our eyes seen it.
8 'Provide atonement, O LORD, for Your people Israel, whom You have redeemed, and do not lay innocent blood to the charge of Your people Israel.' And atonement shall be provided on their behalf for the blood.
9 "So you shall put away the guilt of innocent blood from among you when you do what is right in the sight of the LORD.
10 "When you go out to war against your enemies, and the LORD your God delivers them into your hand, and you take them captive,
11 "and you see among the captives a beautiful woman, and desire her and would take her for your wife,
12 "then you shall bring her home to your house, and she shall shave her head and trim her nails.
13 "She shall put off the clothes of her captivity, remain in your house, and mourn her father and her mother a full month; after that you may go in to her and be her husband, and she shall be your wife.
14 "And it shall be, if you have no delight in her, then you shall set her free, but you certainly shall not sell her for money; you shall not treat her brutally, because you have humbled her.
15 "If a man has two wives, one loved and the other unloved, and they have borne him children, both the loved and the unloved, and if the firstborn son is of her who is unloved,
16 "then it shall be, on the day he bequeaths his possessions to his sons, that he must not bestow firstborn status on the son of the loved wife in preference to the son of the unloved, the true firstborn.
17 "But he shall acknowledge the son of the unloved wife as the firstborn by giving him a double portion of all that he has, for he is the beginning of his strength; the right of the firstborn is his.
18 "If a man has a stubborn and rebellious son who will not obey the voice of his father or the voice of his mother, and who, when they have chastened him, will not heed them,
19 "then his father and his mother shall take hold of him and bring him out to the elders of his city, to the gate of his city.
20 "And they shall say to the elders of his city, 'This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious; he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton and a drunkard.'
21 "Then all the men of his city shall stone him to death with stones; so you shall put away the evil from among you, and all Israel shall hear and fear.
22 "If a man has committed a sin deserving of death, and he is put to death, and you hang him on a tree,
23 "his body shall not remain overnight on the tree, but you shall surely bury him that day, so that you do not defile the land which the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance; for he who is hanged is accursed of God.

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05 Deuteronomy - 2015

Getting good, godly council during important life transitions, such as changing careers, getting married, or having kids, is necessary to ensure you are acting inside of God's will. The book of Deuteronomy is one big counseling session for the Israelites. As Skip gives a summary of Deuteronomy 1-21, we review the advice Moses gave the Israelites as they got ready to transition into the Promised Land.

Before entering the Promised Land, Moses reminded Israel of their history and the covenant they made with the Lord. The book of Deuteronomy details that covenant, looking at God's promises of cursing and blessing. In this study, Skip Heitzig unpacks those promises and explores the truths found in this still-relevant book of law.

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Obtaining godly counsel during important life transitions helps ensure you areacting inside of God's will. The book of Deuteronomy records one big counselingsession for the Israelites. In this summary of Deuteronomy 1-21, Skip Heitzigreviews Moses' advice to the Israelites as they prepared to move into thePromised Land.

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  1. Introduction
    1. Over the period of one month, Moses gave three sermons, or counseling sessions, to the Israelites as they were in transition and getting ready to go into Canaan
      1. They would be surrounded by enemies
      2. The second generation had no memory of Egypt
    2. Deuteronomy = the second law
    3. Divided into three sermons
      1. Review of the past (chapters 1-3)
      2. Rules and regulations for the present (chapters 4-26)
      3. Being ready for the future (chapters 27-34)
    4. This book is referred to 350 times in the Old Testament and ninety-five times in the New Testament 
    5. Jesus quoted from this book more than any other book in the Bible
  2. Review of the Past (Chapters 1-3)
    1. Moses and the people camped on the east side of the Jordan River (see Deuteronomy 1:1)
      1. This was as close to the Promised Land as Moses got
      2. Only Joshua and Caleb were left from the previousgeneration
    2. Eleven-day journey from Mount Sinai to the Promised Land (see Deuteronomy 1:2)
      1. Distance was reckoned by hours and days occupied intraveling
      2. Twenty miles per day on foot
      3. Thirty miles per day by camel
      4. Twenty five miles a day by caravan: slower pace
    3. An eleven-day journey took them forty years because of their lack of faith
    4. Moses reminded them of their lack of faith (see Deuteronomy 1:26, 31, 34; Numbers 13)
    5. It is estimated that 1.2 million people died from Sinai to the Promised Land
      1. Eighty-five deaths a day on average
      2. Seven every waking hour
      3. Romans 6:23
      4. Some people hear the promise of faith and mix it withunbelief (see Hebrews 4:2)
    6. Moses reviewed places and events from Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers (see Deuteronomy 2-3)
      1. The tribes of Reuben, Gad, and half of the tribe ofManasseh settled east of the Jordan River (see Deuteronomy 3:10)
      2. Og of Bashan was the king of the northern area, eastof the Sea of Galilee
      3. He brought armies against the Israelites and lost
  3. Regulations for the Present (Chapters 4-26)
    1. Change from past to present tense
    2. God does not like to be edited (see Deuteronomy 4:1-2; Matthew 5:17-18)
      1. Do not add or take away from His Word
      2. Revelation 22:18-19
    3. Jewish confession of faith (see Deuteronomy 6:3-4)
      1. This is the shema
      2. Regarded by the Jews as the very essence of theirreligious identity
      3. The Lord is one
    4. We as Christians believe in the trinity, but the Jewish religion regards God as just one person
      1. Ehad = one
      2. We believe in one God, but three distinct persons inthat one Godhead
      3. Compound unity (see Genesis 2:24)
    5. Love God and love each other (see Deuteronomy 6:5-7; Mark 12:30-31; Luke 10:27;
    6. Leviticus 19:18)
      1. All other laws hang on these two commandments
      2. Very few people keep these commandments
    7. Teach your children to do these things (see Deuteronomy 6:5-7)
      1. Children learn by the example of their parents
      2. Proverbs 22:6
      3. Stimulate the taste for God in your children
    8. They had a relationship with God (see Deuteronomy 10:12-13)
      1. He delivered them
      2. He kept them safe
      3. He instructed them to hear, do, observe, and lovewith all their heart
      4. Fear the Lord
        1. Repeated fifty times in the Bible
        2. Many modern-day believers do not have the fear of the Lord
        3. Fearing the Lord is a wholesome respect and reverence
        4. Reverential awe that produces a humble submission to a loving God
    9. Love and respect others (see Deuteronomy 22:1-2; 1 John 3:17)
  4. Closing
    1. You shall remember (see Deuteronomy 15:15)
      1. Mentioned seven times in Deuteronomy
      2. God instructed them to remember where they came from,all He had done for them, and how much He loved them
    2. Great things are easily forgotten
      1. It happens slowly over time
      2. God does not want you to forget who we were, where wecame from, and how we wandered
      3. Never forget what He has done for us
Greek/Hebrewwords: ehad, shema

Crossreferences: Genesis 2:24; Leviticus 19:18; Numbers 13; Deuteronomy1:2-2; 1:26, 31, 34; 3:10; 4:1-2; 6:3-4; 6:5-7; 10:12-13; 15:15; Matthew5:17-18; Mark 12:30-31; Luke 10:27; Romans 6:23; Hebrews 4:2; 1 John 3:17;Revelation 22:18-19

Topic: The Law

Keywords: The Law, Promised Land, Mount Sinai, journey, faith, regulations, trinity, the Law, the law of Moses, Israel, history

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Welcome to Expound, our verse by verse study of God's word. Our goal is to expand your knowledge of the truth of God, by explaining the word of God in a way that is interactive, enjoyable, and congregational.

There are certain times in our lives when getting good counsel would be appropriate. Having a trusted friend, or a mentor, or a pastor who would tell you the truth and shoot straight with you. Not necessarily telling you what you want to hear, but what you need to know.

Such times would be transitional moments in your life. If you're going through a career change, or an idea of changing work career opportunities, possibilities, it would be good to get counsel. In the multitude of counselors, there is safety.

My mind immediately goes back to a period in my life where a friend, really a mentor of mine, who was a radiological surgeon, cordoned me off one day. And he said, Skip-- I was working in the radiology field as a tech, working in CAT scans, and working with him in the surgical suite-- and he said, I really believe that what you're doing is a waste of your life. And I think you need to finish medical school and be a doctor. That's what I see you doing.

So he convinced me that's what I should do, and I aimed to do that. That's what I was going to do. I made plans to do that. My dad was happy to even pay for the medical training, just to say, my son, the doctor!

So that was the decision, that was the road I was going down. But then I thought, I should run this by a close friend of mine, a good buddy of mine, a brother in the Lord, also a physician. And I said to him, Dennis, this is what I'm deciding to do. This is what I think I ought to do. What do you think?

And he smiled and he said, well, it would sound foolish for a doctor to say don't become a doctor. But I'm telling you, Skip Heitzig, don't become a doctor. And I say, why would you say that? That's what you are.

And he goes, it's simply because I believe, like I think you know, that God has called you to something else. I would move slowly, I would put the brakes on, and before you jump and finish that, I would take it before the Lord. But my advice to you is don't do it. I think you should go into the ministry.

I'm so thankful for somebody who was honest like that. To just put it right back in my face and say, here's what I think my advice would be to you.

I think if you're transitioning from single life to married life, you need counseling. I think it's almost a sin to say, I'm going to become a married person going from a single person, without getting counsel. You don't know what you're getting into. You need to know what you're getting into. You need good, solid, strengthening, mentoring advice.

I think if you're going to have kids, which most couples tend to do, you should get counsel before that transition. You know, I've always been amazed how in our culture, you have to have a license to drive a car, to drive a motorcycle. You have to have a license to be a contractor, an electrician, to work in a certain profession. Almost everything requires a license, except for having kids. And in looking around, I'm thinking, maybe a license would be in order, as I see the way many people have thought and they raise their kids.

So I believe that solid, good, godly counsel and advice is in order. Deuteronomy is one big counseling session by a wise man who has lived 120 years. He's 120 years old. And for one month, he gives three sermons, three messages, three counseling sessions to a new generation.

Because they are at a very transitional period in their own personal walk, and their literal walk. They have walked through the wilderness, they are on the border of the promised land, they are about to walk into the land of Canaan.

They picked up manna every day off the ground. It was free. It just fell from the sky. Water came from the rock. Now things are going to be different. Now they're going to be surrounded by enemies. And in this transitional period, they need counsel. And Moses, gives it to them here.

If you remember the first generation that departed from Egypt with Moses, they've all died. This is now the second generation, and they have no personal memory at all of the exodus from Egypt, or of the giving of the law at Sinai. Some of the may have been young, little kids, but have no real personal, adult experience in memory to draw from.

And they're about to have a new lifestyle. They're moving from wanderer to settler in this new land. And so the Lord would want them to know, you are my people, I have redeemed you. And as you look towards your future, never forget your past. And that is part of this counseling session of this book.

Now Deuteronomy is a hard word. It's five syllables, but it's an easy meaning. It's a Greek word, that's why it's not an easy word. For most people, when they read it-- if they ready for the first time, most of them can't pronounce it. But it's from two words. "Deutero" or "deuteros," which means two or second, and "nomos" or "nomion," which means the law.

So it is the second law. Not that it is a repetition of the law of Moses, it is a recapitulation of the law. And so Moses will draw from the previous books of Moses. In fact, 250 references to the previous books of Moses are given in this farewell address. Now as we've told you before, each of these messages has a theme. Each of these counseling sessions has a theme.

In the first sermon, the first message, the first counseling session, it's a review of the past. Chapters one, two, and three. Look back and remember your past, a review of the past. Message number two, sermon number two, counseling session number two-- chapters 4 through 26-- is rules and regulations for your present. Message number three, sermon number three, counseling session number three-- chapters 27 through 34-- is looking toward the future, or being ready for the future.

So there's a past, a present, and a future aspect of this book.

Now how important is the book of Deuteronomy? It's so important that the book of Deuteronomy will be referred to 300-- listen to this-- 350 times in the rest of the Old Testament. It will be referred to 95 times in the New Testament. And Jesus Christ himself will quote from Deuteronomy more than quoting from any other book in the Bible. That's how important it is.

So we begin in chapter one, verse one. We're just going to highlight a few verses to bring us up to chapter 22, and the Lord's supper. We're now beginning with the review of the past, chapters one, two, and three. Chapter one, verse one.

"These are the words which Moses spoke to all of Israel, on this side of the Jordan in the wilderness, in the plain opposite Suph, between Paran and Tophel, Laban, Hazeroth, and Dizahab."

What that means is Moses and the people are camped on the east side of the Jordan River, overlooking the land of Canaan, right in front of them. Moses, this is as close as he's going to get. He's going to go back up the hill on the east side and kick the bucket. It's those people that are going to go in, and everyone from the previous generation, except for two men, have died. The two men are Joshua and Caleb.

Verse two. I want you to notice this. "It is 11 days' journey from Horeb," which is Mount Sinai, "by the way of Seir to Kadesh-barnea," which is at the entrance of the promised land. "Now it came to pass--" watch this-- "in the 40th year." So it's 11 days to get there by foot, but "in the 40th year, in the 11th month, on the first day of the month, Moses spoke to the children of Israel, according to all that the Lord had given him as a commandment to them."

They managed to turn an 11 day walk into 40 years of wandering. They went from a march to a meander, going around and around and around.

Something interesting about distance in the ancient biblical times, in ancient times, and in the east, they will reckon distance not by how long it is in miles or kilometers, or in whatever measuring system they would use, but by the hours and days that are occupied by the journey itself. The time it takes to take the journey.

So you read in the book of Jonah that Nineveh was so big, it was three days' journey to go around it. So usually, you would cover 20 miles a day by foot, 30 miles a day by camel. No wonder they said I'd walk a mile for a camel, because you can go-- oh, that's an old commercial, pardon me. You could go so much further on a camel. However, if you were traveling by a caravan you could only go 25 miles a day, because you've got a lot of people and supplies, and the pace would be slower.

Now, that's a little bit interesting to me, because not only in the ancient East, but in the modern West, on the west coast, that's exactly how they tell you the distances. If you ask someone in Disneyland, hey, how far is it to the beach? They won't say, oh, it's so many miles. They will say, oh, it's 40 minutes.

They won't tell you how far it is, they'll tell you how long it will take you to get there. And you'll get a different answer depending on what time of the day. It might be two hours if it's drive time.

So it only takes 11 days to go from Mount Sinai to the promised land. It took them a 40 years. And that is because they failed in their faith.

Beginning in verse 26 of chapter one, the reason is mentioned. Nevertheless, God says, "You would not go up. But you rebelled against the command of the Lord your God." It's a reference to numbers 14, the 12 spies sent by Moses into the land, and the bad report of the 10.

Verse 31. "And in the wilderness, where you saw how the Lord your God carried you, as a man carries his son, and in all the way that you went, until you came to this place. Yet for all that, you did not believe the Lord your God."

Verse 34. "And the Lord heard the sound of your words, and was angry, and took an oath saying, surely not one of these men of this evil generation shall see that good land of which I swore to give to your fathers, except Caleb, the son of Jephunneh. He shall see it. To him and his children I am giving the land on which you walk because he wholly followed the Lord." So it would be Caleb. And later on Joshua is also mentioned.

So figuring that within that period of time, it's estimated 1,200,000 people died from Sinai to the entrance of the land-- which is 37 and 1/2 years, because they were a year camped at Sinai. And there was some preliminary activity from Egypt on the way to Sinai, so about 37 and 1/2 years. 1.2 million people dying, that's 85 deaths a day. 85 funerals every day would be the average, or seven every waking hour.

Now this would be a constant reminder of what Romans six tells us. "The wages of sin is death. " They would live step after step, knowing this is true. "The wages of sin is death." "The wages of sin is death." As one person after another person would die, and be buried in the wilderness.

This is the point that the author of Hebrews makes when he personalizes is it to us, and says of them in the Old Testament, "Those who heard the word did not mix it with faith in those who heard it." It tells us, when you hear promise of God, mix it with faith.

You see, you are like a mixing bowl. You're like a little pot. Forgive the analogy. God pours his promise in. What do you pour in? What do you mix the promise with? Some people mix it with faith. Others hear the promise, then go, well, I don't know if that's true. I'm not so sure. They immediately mix God's promise with unbelief.

And so the writer of Hebrews says those who heard the promise, it didn't profit them. God gave them a promise, but they didn't add faith. They added unbelief. So it was not mixed with faith by those who heard it.

Now chapters two and three. Moses reviews the places, the events, and some of the people in the wilderness wandering from Exodus and Leviticus and Numbers. So I'm just going to pull out one verse, verse 10. "All the cities of the plain, all Gilead, all Bashan," that's east of the Galilee, the Sea of Galilee, "as far as Salecah and Edrei cities of the kingdom of Og in Bashan."

That means absolutely nothing to any of us, because we don't know where those places are. But what we do know, what we do remember-- all of us will remember that 2 and 1/2 tribes settled east of the Jordan River. They requested that they could bring their families and their flocks there, so Reuben, Gad, and half the tribe of Manassas settled east in these regions.

And also notice who is mentioned. Og of Bashan. He was a king in that northern area, east of the Sea of Galilee. Why is he mentioned? And by the way, he's mentioned a lot in the Old Testament. Not just here, but you'll find him even in the songs. Because he brought an armed resistance against the people of God, and he was defeated. He and another king that also resisted.

So that's chapters one, two, and three.

Now we get into the second part of the book. Remember I mentioned there were three messages, three counseling sessions? The second one, after the review of the past, is rules and regulations for the present. And that's chapters 3 through 26. We made it up through chapter 21 in our journey through it.

But notice something in chapter four. There is a change from the past tense to the present tense. It's as if God is saying, through Moses, this is what I've done this for you in the past, and now this is what I want from you in the present. And what I want from you in the present is based on what I've done for you in the past.

So I've reviewed the past-- chapter, one, two, and three-- now here are rules and regulations for the present. Now notice the change of tense, from the past to the present tense.

Verse one, chapter four. "Now, oh Israel, listen to the statutes and the judgments which I teach you to observe, that you may live and go in and possess the land which the Lord God of your fathers is giving to you. You shall not add to the word which I command you, nor take from it. But you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you."

It sounds to me like God doesn't appreciate being edited. God doesn't like it when people hear or read what God has said in his word, and then have a response like, well, I don't like that part. I'm going to remove that part. I'm not going to really focus on that, or consider that part. There's other parts that I like.

Jesus himself said, "I did not come to destroy the law or the prophets. I came to fulfill. And not one jot or one tittle will be removed until all of it is fulfilled."

God doesn't like to be edited. Don't mess with what he has given in his Revelation. Don't add to it. Don't take from it.

In the very last look at the Bible, Revelation 22, he says through John, "For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book, if anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book." If anyone takes away from the prophecy that is written, God will take away his part from the book of life from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book."

So here are the rules and regulations, Israel, new generation, up and coming crop of people of God. The old ones are dead. You're the new guys on the block, gals on the block. This is what you are to do. Present tense.

Move over to chapter six, verse three. I'm giving you just highlights. "Therefore hear, oh, Israel, and be careful to observe it. That it may be well with you, and that you may multiply greatly, as the Lord God of your fathers has promised you a land flowing with milk and honey." Very productive land. "Hear, oh, Israel, the Lord our God. The Lord is one. "

That is called the shema. That is the Jewish confession of faith that is regarded by Jews as the very essence of their religious identity. In Hebrew, "Shema Yisrael Adonai eloheinu Adonai ehad." The Lord is one.

It is recited in every synagogue to this day. It is recited twice a day by every Orthodox Jew. It is taught to children at the earliest age. One of the first things they learn is this prayer. The Lord is one, the Lord is ehad.

Now let me just tell you about that word "one." Because here we are as New Testament Bible believing Christians, and we believe in a trinity. Three persons in one God. The Jewish person will say, there aren't three persons, there is just one. Adonai ehad.

And we believe in one God. We don't believe in three Gods. We believe in one God, but three separate and distinct persons in that one God head.

But it says ehad. It does. And that is the word for "one." When a child learns how to count-- ehad, shtaim, shalosh, arba, hamesh, shesh, all the way-- that's it. Ehad. One.

But the word "ehad" doesn't mean an absolute singularity. It means an absolute unity, and can mean a compound unity, and often does. It could mean a unity of two or three.

It's the same word used in Genesis, where God says, "For this reason, a man shall leave his father and mother, and be joined into his wife. And the two shall become ehad. One flesh." A compound unity. The Lord is one.

Verse five. "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength." That's the first and greatest commandment, isn't it? Jesus was asked that. What is the greatest commandment? He quoted this. He quoted Deuteronomy.

But then he immediately goes and quotes Leviticus 19. And says but there is a second commandment, also from Moses, that is also as important. "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."

On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. Love God. Love one another. That's a perfect meditation for the Lord's supper. Because in a little bit we're going to thank the Lord for what he has done, as was said in the prayers during our worship experience. But also pray for one another. Loving God, worshipping God, but praying for and loving and supporting one another.

"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, your soul, with all your strength." By the way, I think it's safe to say there are very few people who actually do that. That God is their consuming thought above all through the day.

"And these words which I command you today, shall be in your heart. And you shall teach them diligently to your children. And you shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up."

The word there for teach literally means to repeat or recap. So it's interesting. It's the same idea of Deuteronomy. Deuteronomy is a recap, a recapitulation.

So Moses is Deuteronomy-ing them. And Moses said, now Deuteronomy your own children.

Parents, you have a privilege and a spiritual obligation to train up your children by precept, and by practice. And those little eyes are watching you. And if you ever wonder, when your child says something, where did they get that from? I bet you don't have to look far.

Why would they say that? Why would they react that way? Because they're watching how you respond to crisis. How you respond a blessing. What you do with your spare time. You're teaching them not just by precept, but by practice.

Proverbs says, "Train up a child in the way he should go. And when he is old, he will not depart from it." The word there for train is a little bit differently. It literally means to stimulate the taste. It was a word to described what the Hebrews and the present day Arabs do with the date honey.

In that land they will take their little finger, dip it in date honey, and touch the lips of their infants-- with that sweet taste of date honey-- to stimulate the sucking reflex. So it will take the breastfeeding.

So the idea is stimulate the taste for God in your children. Teach them and train them in the way that they should go.

Now Deuteronomy, chapter 10, in verse 12. "And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you?" That's working off this theme of rules and regulations. "What does the Lord your God require of you? But to fear the Lord your God, to walk in his ways, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul. And to keep the commandments of the Lord, and his statutes, which I command you today for your good."

Here are the things I want from you. This is what I've done for you in the past. This what I want from you in the present.

In other words, we have a relationship, God would say. I love you. I've done this for you. I've delivered you. I bore you. I kept you. I brought you here. Now hear and do and observe, and love with all your heart.

And notice a repeated phrase, a repeated idea in the Bible. It is repeated 50 times. To fear of the Lord.

There is, in my view-- I'm going to sound a little old-fashioned here. In my view, there is one thing missing from the modern day church, modern day believers. And that is the fear of the Lord.

That doesn't mean you shake in your boots, and you think God is frowning at you from Heaven. And He's so mad at you, He just wants to-- you Earthlings! He knows you. He knows your frame, that you're dust. You don't expect a whole lot from dust.

But the idea for fearing the Lord is a wholesome respect, veneration. It is a reverence. That's the idea of it. It's a reverential awe that produces humble submission to a loving God. Reverential awe that produces humble submission to a loving God.

The only fright, the only real shaking in your boots fear you ought to have, is that you would do anything to displeased him. Fear of the Lord.

Now I say all of that in Deuteronomy, sort of recapping a few highlights, to bring you up to where we're going to then jump in next week. In chapter 22. Because beginning in chapter 22, and on into 23 we have property laws, we have purity laws of how to treat one another, sexually, et cetera.

But it's important that you understand it's because of the relationship we have with God, that we are to do that. So just gaze ahead.

And Deuteronomy 22, verse one. "You shall not see your brother's ox or sheep going astray, and hide yourself from them. You shall certainly bring them back to your brother. And if your brother is not near you, or if you don't know him, then you shall bring it to your own house. It shall remain with you until your brother seeks it, and then you shall restore it to him."

So it's not accidental. That's what I want you to see in the study. It is not accidental that love of God, and duty toward God, and duty toward man are seen and put together.

Think of it this way. Because I love and respect God, shouldn't I love and respect those made in the image of God? Isn't that also in New Testament principal?

1 John. If you say you love God, but you don't love and respect others, how does the love of God really dwell in you? So those two always go together.

Now let me end with this. Speaking of repeated words and phrases, there's one particular phrase and one particular word that sort of sums up all of Deuteronomy. And it's perfect for taking the Lord's supper. It's the word "remember." It's the phrase "and you shall remember. " The word remember is mentioned 14 times in the book of Deuteronomy. The phrase "and you shall remember," as a commandment, is seen seven different times throughout the book.

You shall remember. You shall remember. You shall remember.

And just in case you're looking around and you forget, you shall remember. Remember, this is a younger generation. Seven times. Remember, remember, remember.

Here's an example, and I close with this verse. This is chapter 15, verse 15. "You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, that the Lord your God redeemed you. Therefore I command you this thing today."

History proves that great things are easily forgotten. Institutions that were once founded on great principles, decay over time. An example I always think of is Harvard University. Who hasn't heard of Harvard? Great Ivy League school.

Do you know what Harvard was originally? It was designed to train up young men for the ministry of the gospel of the Lord, Jesus Christ. It's hard to find the gospel in Harvard today. It is so left-leaning in its thinking.

Now it didn't happen overnight. It happen incrementally. People just forgot. They forgot to pray before certain events. They started looking at the Bible, and they said, well, we don't have to believe that, or take that hard of a stand. And over time, they forgot.

Memory can be a dreadful thing. But it can also be a delightful thing. It depends what you have to remember. I know there's certain things in our lives we just want to forget. We don't want to remember them.

But the Lord doesn't want you to forget. He wants you to remember, Israel, you were a slave. He wants you to remember, children of Israel, you wandered through the desert 40 years. 11 days, 40 years. And that's a recurring theme through the whole Bible.

Don't forget who you were. Don't forget where you came from. Don't forget how you wandered.

So we are taking the elements of the Lord's supper. We are to remember. We are never to forget what He's done for us. And with this relationship we have with Him, this vertical axis of love-- because He first loved us, we love and honor one another.

And so let's pray, and as I pray, I'm going to ask those who are going to distribute communion to come forward,

Our Father in Heaven, we thank you, that we have a written record of your deeds in the past. Of your words in the past.

Because we have a tendency, Lord, to forget. To move away. We have a tendency, over time, to renegotiate or to diminish or to marginalize.

And that's why we need the pure, simple, straight up counsel of Moses, David, and Paul, and Peter, and John. Those that recorded what You have said. Those who record the faults. Those who record the obedience, the triumphs.

Because we don't want to be like those of old to whom You gave a promise, but in our mixing bowl, we didn't add faith. We didn't bring faith to the promise. So it's an empty promise bouncing around in our vessel.

Lord, I pray that as we hear Your word, as we hear Your promises, we would say yes to it. We would say, the Lord said it. It's true. It's going to happen, lest we wander through a barren wilderness, until we get to Heaven.

I pray, Lord, in a very real sense, we'd enter into a real fullness with you now.

And, Lord, we remember that we were slaves, and we were delivered, as we take these elements together.

In Jesus' name. Amen.

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Deuteronomy 1
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As we kick off our series in Deuteronomy, we see how this book is not just a repetition of previous accounts, but a safeguard against God's truths being forgotten or neglected over time. In this first chapter, Moses recapped the four-step journey that led the Israelites to wander in the wilderness for nearly forty years.
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Deuteronomy 2-3
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In Deuteronomy 2-3, Moses continued to recount the Israelites' journey through the wilderness to the next generation so they would remember the Lord's promises and faithfulness. As we look at some of the insurmountable odds the Israelites faced, we're reminded that we don't fight for victory, but from victory.
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Deuteronomy 4:1-18
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The book of Deuteronomy is basically a series of farewell speeches given by Moses to the next generation of Israelites. In the first section of chapter 4, we see how remembering our past is the key to living in obedience to God as well as passing on our legacy, and we take a look at the difference between the old and new covenant.
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Deuteronomy 4:15-5:21
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Every person is hardwired to be a worshiper, but we often worship the wrong things or worship God in the wrong way. In Deuteronomy 4-5, Moses transitioned from reviewing the Israelites' past to offering regulations for their present, touching on true worship and God's character before reviewing the Ten Commandments.
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Deuteronomy 5:21-33
Deuteronomy 5:21-33
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As we finish Deuteronomy 5, we discover that the trouble isn't with God's law; the trouble is that we are fallen people who cannot keep the law, no matter how righteous we think we are. In this special Communion message, we learn how to use the law as a compass to point to Jesus Christ, who was made "to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him" (2 Corinthians 5:21).
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Deuteronomy 6:1-7:3
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We as believers need to be reminded of our deliverance from bondage; we've had an Exodus, but we frequently need a Deuteronomy, something that reminds us of where we've come from. That was the mantra of Moses throughout Deuteronomy 6, a chapter whose theme is to listen in order that you might obey.
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Deuteronomy 7-8
Deuteronomy 7-8
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Deuteronomy 7-8 touches on the topic of God's judgment and also continues the book's theme of remembrance. Just as the Israelites did, we should remember what God has done in the past so that we can march through the present and into the future, confident of His provision and love.
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Deuteronomy 9-10
Deuteronomy 9-10
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The Christian life—one that is fully surrendered to God—ought to be the most exciting life one can live. In Deuteronomy 9-10, Moses reminded the Israelites of God's mercy and grace toward them, and we see how God loves to take faithless people, forgive them, bless them, and use them for His glory in a grand adventure.
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Deuteronomy 11
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The laws of God are laws for life; they aren't given to us to restrict us, but to benefit us and show us God's love. Making our way through Deuteronomy 11, we learn that our relationship with the Lord supersedes regulations and rituals, and we see how God, through Moses, lovingly reminded the Israelites of just how much He cared for them and wanted the best for them.
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9/16/2015
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Deuteronomy 12
Deuteronomy 12
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Deuteronomy 12 has three themes: regathering, redemption, and rejoicing. In this message, we uncover how these themes apply to believers today: we still gather to fellowship with one another and to take the Lord's Supper in remembrance of Christ's sacrifice for us.
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9/23/2015
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Deuteronomy 13-14
Deuteronomy 13-14
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In God's value system, there's something worse than physical death—spiritual death. This is why, throughout Scripture, the Lord frequently hangs out signs to warn us about false prophets who try to steer us away from His truth. In these chapters, we look at God's warning sign to the Israelites, as well as His principles for them concerning dietary regulations and tithing.
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10/14/2015
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Deuteronomy 15-16
Deuteronomy 15-16
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Much of what Jesus quoted from the Old Testament came from the book of Deuteronomy; it's an important book of the Law, and we can clearly see connections between the old and new covenant in these chapters before us. As we look at more regulations for the Israelites' personal lives and public feasts, we see that God's pardon, participation, and provision—as celebrated in the feasts of Passover, Pentecost, and Tabernacles—are available to us today through Christ.
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10/21/2015
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Deuteronomy 17-18
Deuteronomy 17-18
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Throughout the Old Testament, the Lord sent many prophets to the nation of Israel, but these prophets only served to train the people's ears for the Messiah, Jesus Christ. Deuteronomy 17-18 culminates in Moses' prediction of this ultimate Prophet's coming as we also learn about true sacrifice, capital punishment, and the requirements for Israel's kings.
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11/4/2015
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Deuteronomy 19
Deuteronomy 19
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Deuteronomy 19 recounts the institution of the Levitical cities of refuge, created to ensure that mankind's bent toward sin was kept in check. This chapter acts as a perfect segue into the celebration of Communion and the new covenant: Jesus is the believer's ultimate city of refuge, an avenger of blood turned kinsman-redeemer who has made us sons and daughters of God.
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11/18/2015
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Deuteronomy 20-21
Deuteronomy 20-21
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Can you be both a believer and a pacifist? In His Law, God anticipated that the Israelites would need to form an army to defend themselves against their enemies. In Deuteronomy 20-21, we learn that wars, like every other part of life, should be brought under the spiritual control of the Lord, and we also study other laws about crime, marriage, and children.
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1/13/2016
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Deuteronomy 22-23
Deuteronomy 22-23
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Throughout our lives, we tend to get preoccupied with our busy schedules, ignoring the needs of others. It's easy to see someone in need and say a quick prayer for them while going on our way, without giving them any physical or practical help. In this study of Deuteronomy 22-23, Skip Heitzig points out the practical examples Moses gave to the Israelites about loving others.
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1/20/2016
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Deuteronomy 24-25
Deuteronomy 24-25
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As believers, we come across many situations in our lives that are confusing, and we may be unsure about how God wants us to handle them. In this study of Deuteronomy 24-25, Skip Heitzig points out what God says about divorce, slavery, accepting foreigners, treatment of the poor, handling disputes, and punishment for crimes.
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1/27/2016
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Deuteronomy 26-27
Deuteronomy 26-27
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Jesus promised that all those who follow Him would have abundant life because of His grace. As believers, we believe God is good because He has blessed our lives, and if we choose to go our own way, we'll miss out on His blessings. In this study of Deuteronomy 26-27, we are reminded that faith is the entrance to the blessed life.
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2/3/2016
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Deuteronomy 28
Deuteronomy 28
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God looks at us through rose-colored glasses, crimson with the blood of Jesus' sacrifice. He wants to pour His blessings on us and lavish us with His love. In this study of Deuteronomy 28, we learn about the blessings that come from our obedience to God, as well as the curses that stem from disobedience.
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2/10/2016
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Deuteronomy 29-30
Deuteronomy 29-30
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A relationship with God requires firsthand participation. He calls us to have faith based on the fact that He is committed to us and has shown us His grace in the past. As we study Deuteronomy 29-30, we learn that when we forget what God has done for us, we risk marginalizing our sin and turning toward corruption instead of grace.
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3/9/2016
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Deuteronomy 31-32:35
Deuteronomy 31-32:35
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Living to be 120 years old, the most productive time in Moses' life was his last forty years. As we near the end of Deuteronomy, we see how Moses continued to make a difference in his old age. In his final sermon to the Israelites, he emphasized the importance of committing God's Word to their hearts and minds.
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3/23/2016
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Deuteronomy 32:36-34:12
Deuteronomy 32:36-34:12
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As human beings, there is something perverse in our nature that we enjoy payback, but vengeance is a temptation that we must give up to God. In a song to the Israelites, Moses advised them to let the Lord deal with those who hurt them and to choose forgiveness over vengeance.
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There are 22 additional messages in this series.