Posted by: Omar C. Garcia | February 22, 2009

Intro to Deuteronomy

Over the next several months, in addition to my regular posts, I will write a devotional study of the book of Deuteronomy. Most of us are busy and don’t always set aside time to study and meditate on Scripture as we should. So, I hope you’ll take a minute or two to visit my blog to glean some practical help for daily living from the book of Deuteronomy. Be sure to pay special attention to the practical considerations featured in each post in italicized text. I will archive these posts under the Studies in Deuteronomy category in the sidebar.

About Deuteronomy | Deuteronomy is the fifth book in the Bible. The name of the book is taken from the Septuagint, the Greek translation of the Old Testament. The Greek title Deuteronomion means “second law” or “law repeated.” The title refers to the fact that the book contains a restatement of the law of God as recorded in Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers. The title of the Book in the Hebrew Bible is Debarim, which means “words.” This title is derived from the first verse of the book, “These are the words which Moses spoke…”

Deuteronomy is Moses’ farewell address to the people he had led for forty years. Knowing that he would not accompany the people into the Promised Land and concerned that they not repeat the failures of the past, Moses spoke to them about the importance of loving and obeying God. Deuteronomy is a record of his final sermons to his people.

Lost Book of the Law | Hundreds of years after the book of Deuteronomy was written, King Josiah of Judah ordered the restoration of the house of the Lord “which the kings of Judah had let go to ruin” (2 Chronicles 34:11). During this restoration project a priest named Hilkiah “found the book of the law of the Lord given by Moses” (2 Chronicles 34:14) — the book of Deuteronomy. Hilkiah gave the book to a scribe named Shaphan who personally read it and then read it to King Josiah.

Upon hearing the words of the book, Josiah became fearful because the life of the people did not match the message of the lost book. He therefore led the people of Judah to make a covenant to faithfully follow the Lord (2 Kings 23:3 and 2 Chronicles 34:31-33). For generations the people had neglected the practical instruction of the book of Deuteronomy and had failed to study and teach it to their children (Deuteronomy 6:6-9). As a result they had embraced the idolatrous practices of their heathen neighbors and sinned against God.

Don’t despise God’s Word. | Proverbs 13:13 states, “The one who despises the word will be in debt to it, but the one who fears the commandment will be rewarded.” The book of Deuteronomy, and our personal lives, is a commentary on this verse of Scripture. Jesus said, “And everyone who hears these words of Mine, and does not act upon them, will be like a foolish man, who built his house upon the sand” (Matthew 7:26). Despising God’s Word leads to trouble (Joshua 6:16-26), destruction (Matthew 7:26-27), and affliction (Psalm 119:67). Proverbs 13:14 says, “The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, to turn aside from the snares of death.” Following God’s instruction will help us to avoid dangerous paths. Pressing ahead without the benefit of God’s instruction is foolish and dangerous.


Responses

  1. Omar,
    I am reading whole page now, I have found 11 places from the scriptures, I trying to learning about God’s Laws, what happens when His people do not to obey & what happens when His people obeying hi laws! I trying to understands as God has given ability to understands about Him

    Here I am giving the name of books, chapters & verses those you have put in your article.

    2 Corinicals 34:11. 2 Corinicals 34:14. 2 Kings 23:31-33. Deuteronomy 6: 6-9.

    Proverves 13:13. Matt: 7.26. Joshua 6:16-26. Matt: 7:26-27. Psalms 119:67. Proverves 13:14.

    I am reading each of these verses and trying knowing that what God sayings to me, I will pass these to my network of believers.

    Thanks,
    Mortuza
    Bangladesh

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