• William T. Howe Ph.D.

February 27, 2021

Daily Reading: Deuteronomy 1-2

Deuteronomy 1:3

And it came to pass in the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first day of the month, that Moses spake unto the children of Israel, according unto all that the LORD had given him in commandment unto them;

Deuteronomy is the last "Book of Moses". These books combined are commonly called "the Law" or the Pentateuch. This book is a compilation of three sermons that Moses preached to the "Church in the Wilderness" (Acts 7:38) The name of the book literally means a retelling of the law. Moses compiles many of the various laws given in Exodus, Leviticus and Numbers and expounds upon them. Israel is about to enter into the "promise land" and must keep the duty of obedience to the Laws of God.

Interestingly, this book has a far-reaching scope of influence as it looks back upon the Exodus (past), contains instruction for victorious living in the promise land (present), and highlights the results of obedience and/or disobedience (future). Some believe that this book was the Lord's favorite in that He quoted from it often, especially during His time of temptation.

Chapter one of Deuteronomy is like a Reader's Digest condensed version of the forty years of wilderness wanderings. It is a wonderful overview that will bring any reader up to date on God's dealings with Israel through Moses. The man Moses is in his last days of earthly ministry, that is until He shows up again the New Testament. But that is a topic for another devotion for another day.

Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.

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