Genesis is a book of beginnings…..here we learn the beginning of creation…the beginning of man, perfect and then lost….the beginning to look toward a Savior from sin…..the beginning of Israel.
Exodus is the book of redemption. Israel is redeemed from slavery….for God’s worship.
Leviticus is the book of offerings. (All of which speak of some aspect of Christ’s sacrifice and provision). And the service of the priests for the people….both offerings and feasts. The Day of atonement is there (Lev. 16)
Numbers is the accounting of the people before the Lord….being in their place….and the responsibility that brings in following the Law.
But Deuteronomy is the book of remembrance: Remember what the Lord has said, and done….both in blessing and judgement,…
…and remember the warnings….blessing and curses that God has given, so that they may have the wonderful life God wants them to.
(And are we not told to remember? Acts 20:28-32. “…I have shewed you all things, how that so laboring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus,…”)
Deuteronomy 4:32-33,35 “For ask now of the days that are past, which were before thee, since the day that God created man upon the earth, and ask from the one side of heaven unto the other, whether there hath been any such thing as this great thing is, or hath been heard like it?
Did ever people hear the voice of God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as thou hast heard, and live?
Unto thee it was shewed, that thou mightiest know that the Lord He is God; there is none else beside Him.”
They had seen much….
(How much we have been shown, both by our salvation and deliverances!)
Moses in his last words to Israel, in Dueteronomy, spoke of love….sixteen times.
And he spoke of serving the Lord with all their heart five times
And he warned of serving other gods twenty times.
Moses told them what would happen if they turned from worshipping God to idols…whether of gold or silver or wood….or of their own imaginations….
…..for a divided heart is worthless…
….we “can not serve God and mammon”. (Matthew 6:24)
Deuteronomy 30:19-20 “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:
That thou mayest love the Lord thy God, and that thou mayest obey His voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto Him: for He is thy life, and the length of thy days: that you mayest dwell in the land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers,…to give them.”
Moses is reminding them that God created everything….heaven and earth….and that as the Lord of Hosts, He is in charge of every wind and rain….every neighbor and beast….for their good….or to reprove them.
Deuteronomy 28:47 “Because thou servedst not the Lord thy God with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart, for the abundance of all things;”
How much blessings He had in store for them….they rarely had, because….they did not serve the Lord with gladness….come before Him with singing!
They could have….but they chose to look to other nations and follow them instead.
And his last word to them was the way Moses saw them…..a people chosen by God….lead by God….fed by God….and given deliverance by God.
Deuteronomy 33:29 “Happy art thou, O Israel: who is like unto thee, O people saved by the Lord, the shield of thy help, and who is the sword of thy excellency! And thine enemies shall be found liars unto thee; and thou shalt tread upon their high places.”
We, too, have been given great privileges from the Lord Jesus Christ.
They are for our lives….that we might live,…wherever we are….in the knowledge of our God…of Who He is, and what He will do for us.
Ephesians 1:3 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.”
This is the life of the just….the life of faith in God, for now…in patience, and in the place He puts us,…that pleases and glorifies Him.
1 Peter 2:9 “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of Him Who hath called you out of darkness into His marvelous light:”
1 Peter 3:10-12 “For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:
Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.
For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and His ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.”
Israel’s history…..glorious when following the Lord Jehovah…..and terrible when following the gods of the nations round about them….
….was as Moses told them. (Of course, God has never given up on Israel….who will one day cry out to the Lord, and be delivered….and blessed)
But what of us? When our history is written….what will it read?
Will it read?
1 Peter 1:7-9 “That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom though now ye see Him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.”
Let this be said of each of us!