deuteronomy 1:6 prayer points
It is remarkable that, even though in this connection Moses gives them what are called the ten commandments, there is nevertheless an express and manifest difference in the form as compared with Exodus; so little is Deuteronomy a mere rehearsal of the earlier books. i. The offspring of your herds and flocks. Not any ordinary fleshly sin on our part, as many suppose. "Seven weeks shalt thou number unto thee: begin to number the seven weeks from such time as thou beginnest to put the sickle to the corn. What is meant by a moral law is that which one can pronounce on from within even without a prescription from God. ", Then comes (ver. "Jehovah God that hath brought thee out of the land of Egypt" He was the only God. With this then most fittingly He begins. Still it is too solemn to admit of what is so buoyant, which has its own proper exercise. And so often the good that he wanted to do, he couldn't do and the evil he didn't want to do was the thing that he was doing until he found himself in just a miserable, wretched state. Such is the fertile topic which we find throughout the book. What better blessing after all can be on earth, except Christ Himself, if indeed it be not a part of Christ, than that life of Christ which walks in obedience? This is constantly forgotten when men talk about the moral law. Inquiry is Made, Whether the Doubling it in the Maps is Well Done. "Judah, thou, thy brethren shall praise thee; thy hand shall be on the neck of thine enemies; before thee shall bow down the sons of thy father. It reminds them of his gracious acts on their behalf and calls from them a fitting response of covenant loyalty. deuteronomy 1:6 prayer points. It is pentecost. vol. The first thing introduced here is the fact that Jehovah had spoken to them in Horeb, saying, "Ye have dwelt long enough in this mount. To get from the Red Sea into the Promised Land, it was necessary to go through the wilderness, an eleven-day journey, but most of the wilderness experience was illegitimate.Now I feel that the history is a typical history, that there are spiritual analogies to be made to the children of Israel coming out of Egypt passing through the wilderness into the Promised Land. ^d 11 The Jews therefore sought him at the feast, and said, Where is he? The chief point to observe is that there was not a spirit of obedience in the people, and this they lacked because there was no faith in God. "The Lord our God spoke to us at Horeb, saying, You have stayed long enough at this mountain. Now a new generation was getting ready to enter the promised land. Deuteronomy 7:1-26 one may sum up in a very few words. Such is the point here in the seventh chapter. However the "strife" (Deuteronomy 1:12) of the people would prove to be their undoing. There is the peril of religion becoming a species of enjoyment. The place were they were now encamped was in the plain, in the land of Moab (Deuteronomy 1:1; Deuteronomy 1:5), where they were just ready to enter Canaan, and engage in a war with the Canaanites. Thus was kept up a thorough sense of discipline in the people, and above all dependence on and confidence in Jehovah. Such is the reason why a Christian even now on earth passes into a new state of things altogether. There is thus a presentation of a faithful God, whose demand was for a faithful people." This closes the first part of Deuteronomy. 6.The Lord our God spoke to us in Horeb. We know well that, if God made known His acts unto Israel, He made His ways known unto Moses. Thus we come to what might be called the direct charges, having done with all the introductory part. Ver. The date of this sermon which Moses preached to the people of Israel. A few, however, think that the record in Deuteronomy is the more exact, because when Moses recorded the words in Exodus he had heard the decalogue pronounced; whereas, when he repeated it in Deuteronomy, it was in his hands, inscribed in permanent letters. In the harvest there is the gathering in of the good and the extinction of the evil; but the vintage knows nothing but vengeance from God. ^D John VII. The mount of blessing and the mount of curse were there on the other side Jordan. It is making God less than a man; for if he could not be content without it, how much less the living God? We now begin to understand a little of the very beginning of God's Book--of the times in which it was written, the materials used by its first author, and the different kinds of writing from which he had to choose; but we must go a step farther. The first of all rights, and the highest of our duties, is that God should have His rights. practical object, seems to be from first to last an enforcement of obedience, grounded on the relationship between Jehovah their God and Israel, whom He was just bringing as His people into His land. None ever honoured God's word as Christ did. The heart may be made up to follow the Lord, but the difficulties are still felt keenly; whereas the man who only theorises is ready in his own conceit, in word at least, to do anything; but there is no seriousness of spirit: he does not know himself yet. Now the life of the spirit begins with the death of the old nature, the old man, which is the position that we must take by faith. And thou shalt roast and eat it in the place which Jehovah thy God shall choose; and thou shalt turn in the morning, and go unto thy tents.". And what nation is there so great, that hath statutes and judgments so righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day." Genesis 39: 2-6. Commonly indeed we see that Christians understand a great deal better what the Jews ought to have done, than what they themselves ought to be doing. This is the preamble to the recitation of the law in Deuteronomy, and includes the text of "the Shema," what has become the central prayer of Judaism, and which Jesus identifies as the greatest commandment in Matthew 22:36 and Mark 12:29-30. This was their boast. The word of Jehovah mentioned here is not found in this form in the previous history; but as a matter of fact it is contained in the divine instructions that were preparatory to their removal (Numbers 1-4 and Numbers 9:15-10:10), and the rising of the cloud from the tabernacle, which followed immediately afterwards (Numbers 10:11). (f) In the second year and second month, Nu 10:11. There is no mercy shown in the vintage. If they were going to possess the land, let them remember it was God's land, not theirs. When Peter and John came to the Samaritans, and found that they were John MacNeilThe Spirit-Filled Life, Afraid of Giants'And Moses sent them to spy out the land of Canaan, and said unto them, Get you up this way southward, and go up into the mountain; 18. (7 "You shall have no other gods before  me. were then offered but of a vast body of systematically-ordered teaching by types. They came to a place, they said, "Awe my, this looks like a good place to pitch our tents". Is this what you feel? (Deuteronomy 1:22-23) In the same manner an important social arrangement is declared to have been made by Moses at the suggestion of Jethro his father-in-law, who says in prophesying, 'If thou shalt do this thing, and God command thee so, then thou shalt be able,' etc. Thus does dying Jacob, in announcing. (There are eleven days' journey from Horeb to Kadeshbarnea.) May we not forget it ourselves! Hence therefore we see why it is that the first circumstance in their history brought before them was that God told them not to go up to the mountain of the Amorites; but they would go up in self-will and self-confidence, and utterly failed before their enemies. So Jehovah our God delivered into our hands Og also, the king of Bashan, and all his people." Now, the cry almost indicated the answer itself; "Who shall deliver me?" *See Dr. Lightfoot's Works, ii. Moses called Mt. 17; 1 Kings, "What is the mountainous country of Judea? 41-43--here irrelevant (cf. Tempting God was to doubt Him, as many, all of us, are apt to do. 18, 19, 12, 13; ^B Mark XI. Behold, Jehovah thy God hath set the land before thee: go up and possess it, as Jehovah God of thy fathers hath said unto thee; fear not, neither be discouraged. With the enemies? In the first section, i.-iv. "I will not give you of their land." Consequently there is here a heavy blow struck at the tendency towards idolatry. The Promised Land into which God was bringing them is typical to the glorious life and victory in the spirit. 3. If it were merely a question of man, nobody would think of choosing for another. 8. In Deuteronomy 10:1-22 we find the provision of Jehovah's goodness is stated in a very striking way. 2. 8 Behold, I have set the land before you: go in and possess the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give unto them and to their seed after them. We may rejoice in the God that has so dealt with us, but is it becoming that Christ's death should be a call to transports? Could they match with Him? It was otherwise with Mahomet. In Deuteronomy 5:14 is the addition, 'thine ox nor thine ass,' as well as the clause, 'that thy man-servant and thy maid-servant may rest as well as thou.' Which the Holy Scripture called "The hill-country of Judah," Joshua 21:11; Luke 1:39. It was God who made the family rejoice, and they were to go out to those that were strangers to it. Moses mentions how the saying pleased him: here things are stated exactly as they were. They were about to go into the land to enjoy it; but "Hear, O Israel: Jehovah our God is one. He is encouraging them to go in and to take the land that God had promised to them. 41-43--here irrelevant (cf. As the epithet applied to God, "Jehovah our God," presupposes the reception of Israel into covenant with Jehovah, which took place at Sinai, so the words, "ye have dwelt long enough at this mountain," imply that the purpose for which Israel was taken to Horeb had been answered, i.e., that they had been furnished with the laws and ordinances requisite for the fulfilment of the covenant, and could now remove to Canaan to take possession of the promised land. Thus then the circumstances of Moses, as well as of the people, were precisely those suited to impress the lesson of obedience. "Jehovah said unto me, Fear not: for I will deliver him, and all his people, and his land, into thy hand; and thou shalt do unto him as thou didst unto Sihon king of the Amorites, which dwelt at Heshbon. Consequently it is that great feast which finds its answer in Christianity more particularly (the passover being of course the foundation); but this is pre-eminently its character as a present fact. If the rigidly literal meaning of the phrase 'God spake these words' is not adhered to in the case of the one record, it need not in the case of the other. All this is brought out to Israel as the fruit of obeying Jehovah. It is long since the oracle declared that God had given Christ the heathen for his inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for his possession (Psalm 2:8). Of course it is a fact that the priests are there; but one of the peculiar features of this book is that, although sacerdotalism existed, the priests are designedly swamped with the Levites, as the whole of the people are gathered round Jehovah. It's yours." When man builds up a society, when he founds a religion or any other scheme, how wholly different his course! Psalm 42 It reinforces his earlier exhortations in Deuteronomy 7:12-15 and 28:2-12. Deuteronomy 1:1-46 lets us see the end of disobedience; Deuteronomy 2:1-37; Deuteronomy 2:1-37; Deuteronomy 3:1-29 give us to know as clearly the result of obedience. Of it, in the eastern part, there is this mention: "From Rekam to the east, and Rekam is as the, (Road from Bethany and Jerusalem. I. Moses reminds them how he had shared the burden of care for them with others. God's solution is death to the flesh, crucified with Christ. i. p. 42, note 4.) We never can duly understand the Old Testament unless in the light of the New; and if there is anyone who is personally and emphatically "the light," need it be said that it is Jesus? God wanted to free them from the horrible bondage of Egypt, yet now they are accusing God of hating them.You remember the case of Job, it said in all of these things, that is the loss of his family and his wealth and all, he did not curse God neither did he charge God foolishly. If you suspect a rogue is in your employment, you may test him by marking a piece of money to see whether he steals or not: am I then going to mark something for God to see whether He will keep His word or not? It is strange how little we know of the personal history of the greatest of uninspired Jewish writers of old, though he occupied so prominent a position in his time. Was not this a positive promise? Certainly they could not; this Jehovah spreads in the most forcible manner before His people for their cheer and stay. It is ever the same duty of submission to God's will. The Blessing of Jacob Upon Judah. Now get moving. And then comes the exhortation to beware of corrupting themselves by idolatries, by the likeness of any creature. Owing to the comparatively loose nature of the connection between consecutive passages in the legislative section, it is difficult to present an adequate summary of the book of Deuteronomy. And Israel bow to the will of their God. And what was the Lord's answer? iii. 6 "I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. Nothing irritates me more than to have people make foolish charges against God.I was-had a young man come in when we were back over in the little chapel and he was you know, "God led me do this and God led me to do that and God led me here" and then he's, you know, "God led me out there and I almost starved to death. Let us now look at the details as far as it can be done in so brief a glance as we can afford to give it at present. The LORD our God spake unto us in Horeb, saying, Ye have dwelt long enough in this mount: Ye have dwelt long enough in this mountain, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament. He knew fully that Jehovah was doing nothing but what was for His own glory; how could His servant then find fault? Jehovah went along with them; and of course the faithful turned back just as much as the unfaithful. At the same time we are told how the tribe of Levi was separated, after having brought in (in an episodical way) an allusion to Aaron's death. So you appointed the seventy to be rulers over them, the chief men and he charged them to hear the causes of the people and to judge among the people. 5-8; 1 Cor. Will-worship is intolerable. ii. The conscience feels that a certain act of confessing the sin is necessary, but perhaps there is hardly anything which more hardens the heart than the habit of confessing sin without feeling it. So, their fear was inspired because of these cities that were high and walled and because the people, the inhabitants were large, gigantic kinds of people. Still more since Christ: misused ordinances are practically the same thing in principle, asGalatians 4:1-31; Galatians 4:1-31 teaches. Let me just refer to this for a moment longer, lest there should be any mistake about what appears to me to be the truth about it. O. T. i. pp. Hey, it's time to go in and begin to possess that which God has promised unto you." 24; 2 Cor. In Deuteronomy 6:1-9, . Ver. These bear chiefly the character of logical deductions, and as such were largely applied in the Halakhah. Besides, "Thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in Egypt: and thou shalt observe and do these statutes." Now he dwells chiefly on their part in the matter, confessing his own inability to cope with their great increase, which ho touchingly entreats God to swell a thousand times, but withal urges on the rulers to judge righteously. pt. A lion's whelp is Judah; from the prey, my son, thou goest up; he stoopeth down, he coucheth as a lion, and as a full-grown lion, who shall rouse him up? Deuteronomy 4:1. Hence, in the first feast, we find they were to eat unleavened bread. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart. But the motive here is not because God rested upon that day, but because they were to remember that they were servants in the land of Egypt, and that Jehovah had brought them out through a mighty hand, and by a stretched out arm: "Therefore Jehovah thy God commanded thee to keep the sabbath-day." All the previous part prepares the way. And they took of the fruit of the land in their hands, and brought it down unto us, and brought us word again, and said, It is a good land which Jehovah our God doth give us. Heavenly Father, Help us to faithfully obey Your voice and being careful to do all that You command, today and in the future. What we have here is not a repetition; it leads us into things secret what wrought in the people and hindered their blessing. - J.O. *Nothing can be weaker than the harping on the phrase "the priests the Levites," as in the writings of Davidson and Colenso (following the superficial scepticism of foreign authors, who themselves followed the old Deists of our own country). And here the people were making this blasphemous accusation; "because God hates us, he brought us out here". It is not a book for the wilderness, except for their hearts to look back on whilst on the borders before they entered the land. Israel kept the path of right and courtesy. Whatever then the blows which fell on Sihon, or on Og, or on any of the others; whatever the ways of God with Moab and Ammon afterwards, or even with Egypt, there never was seen such unsparing strictness as with Israel. British Library, Harleian MS. 5596. ^D John VII. iii. This he had fully shown in the history. 35; xxxii. "Your eyes have seen all the great acts of Jehovah which he did. God appointed judges (Deuteronomy 1:16) to help Moses carry the burden of legal decisions that resulted from the giving of the Law. Here then they are called to action. Others might be optional, but these feasts were obligatory. 11). 2. "but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of Jehovah doth man live." This then is the crucial test, so to speak, which Moses applies throughout; this is the homily; for indeed Deuteronomy we may call a book of divine homilies in this respect. Bless me with divine strength that comes from you, Lord. Let me ask, Why were there these three feasts, and these three only? Kadesh. Help me to abide in Christ, knowing that His grace is sufficient for every challenge in life. Praying through Deuteronomy 6:6. ], "The Lords gift of Canaan to Israel (Deuteronomy 1:8) and his command to them to enter and to possess the land began here and was reiterated and emphasized repeatedly in the speeches of Moses recorded in Deuteronomy. For a reason given already. You must bring your instrument to a point before it will penetrate, to an edge that it . "The people is greater and taller than we; the cities are great and walled up to heaven; and moreover we have seen the sons of the Anakims there. Therefore it was that, when God told them to go up, they refused and suffered the consequence of their disobedience. His Father will take care of him. "And they took of the fruit of the land in their hands, and brought it down unto us, and brought us word again, It is most instructive to note how exceedingly anxious the early Christians were, that, as soon as a man was converted, he should be "filled with the Holy Ghost." His death to the law is not therefore to weaken the authority of the law, but because of the principles of divine grace which are now brought out in Christ risen from the dead, founded on His death, manifested in His resurrection, and maintained by the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven. Crossed over Jordan finally and began the conquest of the land.So, an interesting little commentary. xlv. He did not just write Deuteronomy for the generation of Israelites about to enter the Promised Land but for later generations as well, including our generation. We shall find a fresh one made in the land of Moab, but first of all they are reminded of the Sinaitic covenant. The acknowledgment in a creed is all well; but when it comes to be the truth for one's own soul, stamping its value on our communion and also on our ways, men at once retreat back into some "dim religious light," where it is all forgotten and lost, merely owned verbally, but without power for the heart and life. And if we yield to the flesh, the flesh will govern and rule our lives and we will have the resulted mind of the flesh. In Deuteronomy 12:1-32 we have statutes and judgments. "O wretched man that I am who shall deliver me?" In general, Moses spoke unto them all that the Lord had given him in commandment (Deuteronomy 1:3; Deuteronomy 1:3), which intimates, not only that what he now delivered was for substance the same with what had formerly been commanded, but that it was what God now commanded him to repeat. "Rise ye up, take your journey, and pass over the river Arnon." Not at all, but His own people. Such is the principle: no sparing friends, relatives, "wife of thy bosom," could be tolerated. So Paul speaks of this frustration, "Oh wretched man that I am. To the end of the chapter follow the most earnest warnings, as well as bright promises: disobedience or obedience would be the turning point in the land. The life that God wants you to live, a life of victory, a life of overcoming. Men have reasoned with great detail, especially in recent years, enquiring how all this could be done in the desert by a people who found it hard enough to pass unscathed themselves, though they had Jehovah their God with them to feed them with angels' bread, and water if need were from the rock. iv. Thus it is not a book which defines strict canonical usage in these matters. A Plain Description of the Essence and Attributes of God, Out of the Holy Scripture, So Far as Every Christian must Competently Know, and Necessarily Believe, that Will be Saves. These seven canons were next expanded by R. Ishmael (in the first century) into thirteen, by the analysis of one of them (the 5th) into six, and the addition of this sound exegetical rule, that where two, Ver. Moses recounts for them the history of what had taken place before as a warning not to repeat the same mistakes. A lion's whelp is Judah; from the prey, my son, thou goest up; he stoopeth down, he coucheth as a lion, and as a full-grown lion, who shall rouse him up? And some of them were slain because they presumed to go without the presence of God. For the LORD your God which goes before you, shall fight for you, according to all that he did in Egypt before your eyes; And yet you went in this thing you did not believe the LORD your God ( Deuteronomy 1:29-32 ). Temple Cleansed. So these are the words which Moses spake unto all of Israel on the side of Jordan in the wilderness, in the plain over against the Red sea ( Deuteronomy 1:1 ). Giants had dwelt there in times past, and the Ammonites called them Zamzummims. To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use the convenient. Then in Deuteronomy 13:1-18 there is a similar line, all these early injunctions being what we may call religious statutes. Philo of Alexandria, the Rabbis, and the Gospels - the Final Development of Hellenism in Its Relation to Rabbinism and the Gospel According to St. John. 2. Is not this in wonderful harmony with the rest, following on the confession of the one true God of Israel? In style similar to that of ancient treaty documents, Deuteronomy opens by recounting all that Yahweh, Israel's covenant God, has done for his people. So is it with the Church, when she concentrates her attention too exclusively on her own spiritual improvement, and forgets her mission to the world. We hear of sin and trespass-offerings, peace and burnt-offerings, meat-offerings and drink-offerings, not to speak of the daily lambs and occasional victims. Mark how very strikingly this is shown. It was not yet Christ manifested, but man under trial of the law and its ordinances and restraints, dealt with as living in the world, and instructed in view of this present life. Is it not a beautiful indication of what the true God is, even in His least institutions? It will be observed that first of all in this chapter, it was not activity but subjection. 5, 6; 1 Tim. For edition we have restored the fuller text of the earlier published edition, while retaining a few of the editorial refinements of the Met Tab edition. No wonder therefore that Deuteronomy in general has been but little understood, even by the children of God; that the thoughts of expositors are comparatively vague in explaining it; and that men are apt to read it with so little insight into its bearing that the loss might seem comparatively trifling if it were not read at all. "Take you wise men, and understanding, and known among your tribes, and I will make them rulers over you." "On comparing the decalogue as recorded inExodus 20:2-17; Exodus 20:2-17 and Deuteronomy 5:6-21, it will be observed, "1. Hence it is that he alludes to the fate of Dathan and Abiram whom the earth swallowed up in consequence of their flagrant apostasy and fighting against God. Every step in really obeying God puts the man morally to the test, and is more or less attended with severe trial. It appears to be a fresh discourse to a certain extent. We shall find how thoroughly this applies all through the book to the perplexity of poor proud rationalism, but in itself a simple yet very important truth indeed. Fr. And when they had situations that were too difficult for them to handle, that Moses would handle those cases. They were only tenants, and had to pay Him rent. 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