Deuteronomy 32-34: The end of Moses’ life.

January 27, 2015. Reading: Deuteronomy 32-34. Background: Deuteronomy 39-31. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 32 The song of Moses: The majority of the text in this chapter is dedicated to the song of Moses that the Lord had given him to teach the people. Remember that this song was given as a witness¬†for God against the…

Deuteronomy 29-31: A choice set before the people.

January 13, 2016. Reading: Deuteronomy 29-31. Background: Deuteronomy 26-28. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 29 The covenant renewed: Continuing to prepare the children of Israel to enter the promised land, Moses gathers them together here to remember and renew the covenant that their God had made with their fathers. He relays to them the great provision…

Deuteronomy 26-28: Blessings and Curses.

January 4, 2016. Reading: Deuteronomy 26-28. Background: Deuteronomy 23-25. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 26 The offering of first fruits and tithes: This chapter focuses on the offerings that would be made by the people when they entered into the land that the Lord was giving them. They would come into the land and offer these…

Deuteronomy 23-25: Miscellaneous laws.

December 29, 2015. Daily Reading: Deuteronomy 23-25. Background: Deuteronomy 20-22. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 23 Exclusions, Uncleanness and Miscellaneous laws: This chapter is dedicated to various laws concerning those who were excluded from the assembly of the Lord, laws about uncleanness and other various laws that pertained to the lives of the children of Israel….

Deuteronomy 20-22: Various laws.

December 21, 2015. Daily Reading: Deuteronomy 20-22. Background: Deuteronomy 16-19. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 20 Laws of warfare: In this chapter, Moses gives the children of Israel laws concerning warfare. There are three different categories of these laws. The first is that the children of Israel are not to be afraid when they go to…

Deuteronomy 16-19: Statues.

December 14, 2015. Daily Reading: Deuteronomy 16-19. Background: Deuteronomy 13-15. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 16 The Passover, Feast of Weeks and Feast of Booths: The main body of this passage deals with three feasts that the children of Israel were to hold each year as memorials and religious ceremonies to the Lord God. The first…

Deuteronomy 13-15: Laws for the people of God.

December 7, 2015. Daily Reading: Deuteronomy 13-15. Background: Deuteronomy 10-12. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 13 Serving the Lord only: As part of the core of the Deuteromic core, the main teaching of this chapter is never to listen to anyone who suggests to go and serve other gods. This has a close connection to the…

Deuteronomy 10-12: Seeking the Lord whole heartedly.

November 30, 2015. Daily Reading: Deuteronomy 10-12. Background: Deuteronomy 7-9. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 10 Circumcision of the heart: As Moses continues his discourse from the previous chapter¬†to the children of Israel, he reminds them of how he was told to make two new tablets of stone and an ark, that the Lord might write…

Deuteronomy 7-9: The Lord’s chosen people.

November 23, 2015. Daily Reading: Deuteronomy 7-9. Background: Deuteronomy 4-6. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 7 Set apart from the world: In this chapter, Moses addresses the children of Israel to teach them what kind of people that are and ought to be. The children of Israel were a holy people, not because of their own…

Deuteronomy 4-6: Hear, O Israel.

November 16, 2015. Daily Reading: Deuteronomy 4-6. Background: Deuteronomy 1-3. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 4 The people of God: After going over their history in the past three chapters, Moses now turns to the people of God to command their obedience. They were about to enter the promised land, and Moses wanted to remind them…

Deuteronomy 1-3: Remembering history.

November 9, 2015. Daily reading: Deuteronomy 1-3. Background: The book of Deuteronomy is a unique book in the Hebrew scriptures, really standing independently from the previous books of the law and the subsequent books of history as it comprises aspects of both. The name is derived from a statement made in Deuteronomy 17:18 which talks…