Deuteronomy is the fifth book in the Bible and the last book in the Torah (the first five books of the Bible often referred to as “the law of Moses” or simply “the law”).. Deuteronomy is more than a summary of Numbers. Moses is speaking to the sons of Israel who will cross the Jordan and enter the promised land. With the Wilderness experience fresh in his mind, Moses shares what he has learned, urging the people not to go after false gods but to seek, love, and obey the one true God and follow His commandments.
As I read through Deuteronomy 4 this morning, the following verses leapt off the page. (These are taken from the KJV although I was reading the NASB.)
Ye shall not add to the word which I command you, neither shall you diminish aught from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you (verse 2).
And lest thou lift up thine eyes unto heaven, and when thou seest the sun, and the moon, and the stars, even all the host of heaven, shouldest be driven to worship them, and serve them, which the LORD thy God hath divided unto all nations under the whole heaven (verse 19).
For the LORD thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God (verse 24).
When thou shalt beget children, and children’s children, and ye shall have remained long in the land, and shall corrupt yourselves, and make a graven image, or the likeness of any thing, and shall do evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger: I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that ye shall soon utterly perish from off the land whereunto ye go over Jordan to possess it; ye shall not prolong your days upon it, but shall utterly be destroyed. And the LORD shall scatter you among the nations, and ye shall be left few in number among the heathen, whither the LORD shall lead you. And there ye shall serve gods, the work of men’s hands, wood and stone, which neither see, or hear, not eat, nor smell (verses 25-28).
But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all they soul (verse 29).
In the latter days, if thou turn to the LORD thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice; (For the LORD thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them (verses 30b-31).
The LORD he is God; there is none else beside him. (verse 35b).
The LORD he is God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath; there is none else (verse 39b).
APPLICATION FOR TODAY
1) Don’t add or take away from God’s Word. ( A similar phrase can be found in Revelation 22: 19.) Don’t replace the Word of God with the “the doctrines of men” (Matthew 15: 9).
2) Don’t consult astrologers or read horoscopes. (The occult is a snare.) Seek God.
3) God is a jealous God. Worship Him alone. He alone is worthy of worship, honor, and praise.
4) God warned the sons of Israel that if they went after other gods, He would scatter them among the nations. [Eventually the sons of Israel became ensnared by idols.. The Assyrians captured the Northern Kingdom. The Babylonians captured the Southern Kingdom, and took the “prisoners” to Babylon.. After 70 years in captivity, the Jewish people returned to Jerusalem and rebuilt the city and the Temple.]
When the Romans destroyed the Temple in Jerusalem in 70 A.D., the Jews were scattered again among the nations again.
5) The phrase “Seek the LORD” with all of your heart and soul is the prevention and the cure for separation from God.
6) “In the latter days” refers to today. After 2000 years, the state of Israel was established in 1948. Today Jews are returning to Israel in large numbers. Thanks to DNA, many of the “lost tribes” have been identified.
7) Noitce that verses 35 and 39 say the same thing: The LORD he is God. When a verse is mentioned twice in the same passage, it gets your attention. Seek God, love Him with all your heart, mind, and spirit; for He alone is God.
- Deuteronomy 1: Do Not Fear (refreshmyheartinchrist.wordpress.com)
- Deuteronomy 18:15 Bible Verse of the Day (momsfirstscreenn.wordpress.com)