About Jesus Steve Sweetman
verse 1 Moses encourages, or I should say, commands, Israel
to follow the decrees of the Lord so that they will be able to possess
what God has promised them. We
noted in earlier chapters that possessing what God has promised means
that we must be willing to fight and struggle for the promises.
Here is another aspect to possessing God's promises, and it is
obedience to His will. So as
Christians, we need to really understand that God's promises don't come
without a struggle and without obedience.
The Hyper-faith movement seems to suggest that possessing God's
promises is all about faith, but that's not so.
verse 2 Moses says not to add to, or take away, from God's decrees.
This was hard for Israel
to follow. Over the
centuries Israeli leaders have added much to the decrees of their God.
Christians have done the same.
In Christian circles, many instances, the rules and traditions of
men have replaced the decrees of Jesus.
in verse 4 the words "hold fast".
You see similar words in the New Testament.
Once one has faith, or trust, in Jesus, we then must "hold
fast" to that trust. In
my thinking, verse 4 implies that if you don't hold fast, meaning, you
lay aside your trust, then you will not be saved.
see in verses 5 to 8 that
verses 9 through 14 we see the importance of passing God's decrees from
one generation to the next. This
seems hard to do. Each
generation needs to find personal faith and trust in their God, that's
the God and Father of the Lord Jesus Christ.
They must find this for themselves, but, it is the responsibility
of the parents to teach, from an early age, the precepts and truths of
times over the years I've seen parents forfeit their responsibility and
hand it over to a Sunday school
teacher or youth leader. That's
wrong. The Sunday school
teacher and the youth leader should be over and above the parent, should
complement the parent's teaching. Moses
is placing the responsibility on passing the decrees of God to the next
generation right on to the parent.
verse 15 Moses points out that when he came down from the mountain with
the decrees of God, Israel
did not see any form of God. Israel
did not ever see what God looks like.
Jesus Himself said that no one has ever seen God except God's
Son. (John 1:18) Moses
implies that God did not show Himself for a specific reason, and that
was so Israel
would not make any idol, or duplication of what they saw.
Once they would do that, they would then begin to worship the
idol they made, and not God, the one the idol was to represent.
it comes to the church, especially in Catholicism, the church has made
idols, and I'd suggest worshipped them more than the God the statues
were meant to represent. My
suggestions would be to have no replica of anything associated with God,
not even a cross.
verse 19 Moses says not to worship the stars and the planets because
they are given to all the nations. I
believe what Moses is saying is practical.
The heavenly host in the skies are there for practical purposes
for all nations to benefit from. I don't believe Moses is saying that
the stars represent real gods, as the pagan nations would say.
verse 20 God compares
in verse 21 that for the third time so far in the book of Deuteronomy
that Moses blames Israel's disobedience for the reason why he was not permitted to enter the
the word "covenant" in verse 23.
I believe this covenant is the Mosaic Covenant, not the Abrahamic
Covenant, mainly because Moses is speaking of not committing idolatry,
which was clearly stated in the Ten Commandments, and not the Abrahamic
25 through 27 is both prophetic and a warning.
Moses states that if after
simple fact is this, whether Jew or Christian, if we put other gods
before our Lord God, we will lose our inheritance.
We will lose what has been promised.
Becoming a Christian is all about handing your life over to
Jesus. It is not all about
accepting a pass into heaven.
verse 28 Moses says that when
verse 29 to the end of this section Moses continues this prophecy.
When the Jews are scattered across the known world, if they seek
God with their whole heart and soul, God will hear them and
words "later days" is important, because it tells you when
this will happen. In 70 A.D.
the Jews were scattered across the known world.
They have been serving other gods ever since, for the most part.
You will know that we are in the later days when you see Jews
returning to their God, something that is beginning to happen, and will
ultimately end at the end of this age when God pours out a spirit of
grace and supplication, as prophesied by Zechariah.
verse 31 Moses says that God is a merciful God and He will not abandon
verses 32 to 34 Moses asks a series of questions that is supposed to
show how important the God of Israel is, which results in their
was extremely blessed to see and experience the power of God.
No other nation had experienced such things as Israel. They were truly a nation
34 is important. Moses says that no other nation on earth has
experienced God being with them. This
has been seen in testing Israel, in miracles, by war, among other mighty works from God.
No other nation in history has ever been so blessed by God as Israel, and since
is still God's blessed nation, you can expect more great things to come.
verse 35 Moses says that
verse 37 Moses says that because God loved
verses 39 and 40 Moses restates that
seen this before in the Torah. God
provided what was called "cities of refuge".
If someone killed a person and it was not intentional, certain
cities were set aside for the man to flee to where he would be safe from
anyone who would try to kill him.
Of course, the killing had to be an accident.
This is just one aspect to the civil laws that God put in place
for the nation of
will not comment on this section. These
are just introductory remarks concerning the Law that Moses is about to