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I Love Deuteronomy

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I have always loved Deuteronomy. In fact the Lord used this book as a key instrument in my own conversion. Deuteronomy is a book of the Law and reveals the holiness of God. Reading it will instill the deep fear of the Lord in a person.

 

But according to the Text, did Israel receive God's favor because they were obedient to the Law and deserved it? No, God declared to the Israelites three times that the "Lord your God is NOT giving you this good land to possess because of your righteousness, for (He said) you are a stubborn people." But rather the reason that He says He blesses them is to confirm the word of promise and grace that the Lord swore to to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. (Deut 9:5-6)

 

And while the first 28 chapters of the book give God's holy law and declares that they will be blessed and righteousness if they obey but cursed if they disobey. Yet were they able to obey it? No, as Joshua said, they will not obey because God is holy. (Joshua 24:19) Furthermore, in Deuteronomy 29:4, after the giving of the law, God declares, "But to this day the LORD has not given you a heart to understand or eyes to see or ears to hear." So what were they to do? Not only was God's promise based on the favor he showed to Abraham but also He promised them that "the Lord your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your offspring, so that you will love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live." (Deuteronomy 30:6) It is grace that would make the children of promise willing to obey, apart from which, there would naturally be only stubborn hardness of heart.

 

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'The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom:

a good understanding have all they that do His commandments:

His praise endureth for ever.'
(Psa 111:10)  

 

Hello there,

 

I love the book of Deuteronomy too.  

 

Thankfully, the fear of the Lord is 'the beginning' of wisdom, and not the 'end'.

 

'Thus saith the LORD,

.. Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom,

....neither let the mighty man glory in his might,

...... let not the rich man glory in his riches:
But let him that glorieth glory in this,

.. that he understandeth and knoweth Me,

.... that I am the LORD

...... which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness,

........ in the earth:

for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.'
(Jeremiah  9:23-24)

 

Praise God!

 

In Christ Jesus

Chris

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On 7/7/2017 at 10:22 PM, William said:

I have always loved Deuteronomy. In fact the Lord used this book as a key instrument in my own conversion. Deuteronomy is a book of the Law and reveals the holiness of God. Reading it will instill the deep fear of the Lord in a person.

 

But according to the Text, did Israel receive God's favor because they were obedient to the Law and deserved it? No, God declared to the Israelites three times that the "Lord your God is NOT giving you this good land to possess because of your righteousness, for (He said) you are a stubborn people." But rather the reason the He says He blesses them is to confirm the word of promise and grace that the Lord swore to to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. (Deut 9:5-6)

 

And while the first 28 chapters of the book give God's holy law and declares that they will be blessed and righteousness if they obey but cursed if they disobey. Yet were they able to obey it? No, as Joshua said, they will not obey because God is holy. (Joshua 24:19) Furthermore, in Deuteronomy 29:4, after the giving of the law, God declares, "But to this day the LORD has not given you a heart to understand or eyes to see or ears to hear." So what were they to do? Not only was God's promise based on the favor he showed to Abraham but also He promised them that "the Lord your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your offspring, so that you will love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live." (Deuteronomy 30:6) It is grace that would make the children of promise willing to obey, apart from which, there would naturally be only stubborn hardness of heart.

 

Source: https://www.monergism.com/blog/i-love-deuteronomy

'Therefore say unto the house of Israel,

.. Thus saith the Lord GOD;

.... I do not this for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for mine holy name's sake,

...... which ye have profaned among the heathen, whither ye went.
And I will sanctify My great name, which was profaned among the heathen,

.. which ye have profaned in the midst of them;

.... and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, saith the Lord GOD,

...... I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes.'

(Eze 36:22-23)  


'For I will take you from among the heathen,

.. and gather you out of all countries,

.... and will bring you into your own land.
Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean:

,, from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.'

(Eze 36:24-25) 

 
A new heart also will I give you,

.. and a new spirit will I put within you:

,,,, and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh,

...... and I will give you an heart of flesh.
And I will put My spirit within you,

.. and cause you to walk in My statutes,

.... and ye shall keep My judgments, and do them.'

(Eze 36:26-27)  


'And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers;

.. and ye shall be My people, and I will be your God.
 .... I will also save you from all your uncleannesses:

and I will call for the corn, and will increase it,

,, and lay no famine upon you.
,,,, And I will multiply the fruit of the tree,

,,,,,, and the increase of the field,
,,,,,,,, that ye shall receive no more reproach of famine among the heathen.'
Then shall ye remember your own evil ways, and your doings that were not good,

,, and shall lothe yourselves in your own sight for your iniquities and for your abominations.

(Eze 36:8-30)

 

Not for your sakes do I this, saith the Lord GOD, be it known unto you:

.. be ashamed and confounded for your own ways, O house of Israel.
.... Thus saith the Lord GOD;

...... In the day that I shall have cleansed you from all your iniquities

........ I will also cause you to dwell in the cities

.......... and the wastes shall be builded.
............ And the desolate land shall be tilled, whereas it lay desolate in the sight of all that passed by.
And they shall say,

.. This land that was desolate is become like the garden of Eden;

.... and the waste and desolate and ruined cities are become fenced, and are inhabited.

...... Then the heathen that are left round about you shall know

........ that I the LORD build the ruined places, and plant that that was desolate:

.......... I the LORD have spoken it, and I will do it.'

(Eze 36:32-36) 


'Thus saith the Lord GOD;

.. I will yet for this be enquired of by the house of Israel, to do it for them;

.... I will increase them with men like a flock.
...... As the holy flock, as the flock of Jerusalem in her solemn feasts;

........ so shall the waste cities be filled with flocks of men:

.......... and they shall know that I am the LORD.'

(Ezekiel 36:37-38) 

 

Praise God!

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In either case Christ is meant, Who, as the Angel of the Covenant (see note on 1 Corinthians 10:4), was the guide of the Israelites throughout all their wanderings. What it was to tempt Christ we may best learn from the Old Testament narrative. See Numbers 14:22. It was to try Him, to see whether He would be as good as His word, whether He would punish their sin as He had declared He would." (1 Corinthians, Cambridge Greek Testament for Schools and Colleges). https://www.studylight.org/commentar...thians-10.html   16a. The one Lord (YHWH) of Deuteronomy 6:4 is a faithful God (Deuteronomy 7:9). 16b. The one Lord (YHWH) of Deuteronomy 6:4 encompasses the Lord Jesus because He is a faithful God (2 Thessalonians 3:3; cf. 1 Corinthians 1:9). 16c. My further comments: Concerning 'faithful' (pistos) in 2 Thessalonians 3:3 the BDAG (3rd Edition) asserts the following: the 'Lord' (Christ), who is spoken of in the same way as God 2 Thessalonians 3:3 (page 821).   17a. The one Lord (YHWH) of Deuteronomy 6:4 is to be the only way in which we should walk (Deuteronomy 8:6; 10:12). 17b. The one Lord (YHWH) of Deuteronomy 6:4 encompasses the Lord Jesus because He is the only way in which we should walk (Colossians 2:6). 17c. My further comments: It's interesting in noting that the very first instance of the "Almighty" being used in the Bible relates to the worship that is to be rendered unto God by means of our walk - In Genesis 17:1 God told Abraham, "I am God Almighty; walk before Me, and be blameless." (NASB) This "walk" entails "worship." One can either worship the Lord by walking in/before Him or a person can walk in/before false gods by worshiping them. Jeremiah 7:9 Will you steal, murder, and commit adultery and swear falsely, and offer sacrifices to Baal and walk after other gods that you have not known. (NASB - the underlined is mine) That we are to walk in the Lord in relation to Jesus Christ in worshiping Him demonstrates that He is the Almighty. 17d. My further comments continued: The Greek word for "serve" in both Deuteronomy 10:12 and Joshua 22:5 is latreuō (LXX) which is the worship due unto God alone. Since the Christian is commanded to "walk" in the Lord Jesus this refers to rendering latreuō unto Him because He is God. Deuteronomy 10:12 Now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require from you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways and love Him, and to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul. (NASB) Joshua 22:5 Only be very careful to observe the commandment and the law which Moses the servant of the LORD commanded you, to love the LORD your God and walk in all His ways and keep His commandments and hold fast to Him and serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul. (NASB) Finally, just as one is to walk in a manner worthy of God which would necessitate worshiping Him (1 Thessalonians 2:12) so too one is to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord Jesus which would also necessitate worshiping Him for “such alternative expressions indicate how truly for St Paul the Father and the Son are Persons of the same Order of being” (A. Lukyn Williams in citation of Moule in "Colossians" of the "Cambridge Greek Testament for Schools and Colleges"). http://www.studylight.org/commentari...ossians-1.html   18a. The one Lord (YHWH) of Deuteronomy 6:4 is the proper recipient of euchomai (prayed) in Deuteronomy 9:20, 26 (LXX). 18b. The one Lord (YHWH) of Deuteronomy 6:4 encompasses the Lord Jesus in that He is also the proper recipient of euchomai in James 5:16 and 3 John 1:2. https://www.christforums.org/forum/c...d-jesus-christ   19a. The worshipers of the one Lord (YHWH) of Deuteronomy 6:4 are His slaves (Deuteronomy 9:27; 32:36, 43; 34:5). 19b. The one Lord (YHWH) of Deuteronomy 6:4 encompasses the Lord Jesus because His worshipers are His slaves (Romans 1:1; James 1:1; 2 Peter 1:1; Jude 1:1; Revelation 2:20). 19c: My further comments: In the Old Testament a slave of the Lord "applied to individuals who are worshippers of Yahweh, desire to reverence his name or are his humble suppliants... The very existence of the phrase 'slave of Christ' alongside 'slave of God' in New Testament usage testifies to the early Christian belief in Christ's deity. Knowing the expression 'slave of the Lord' from the Septuagint, several New Testament writers - John, Peter, Paul, James and Jude - quietly substitute 'Christ' for 'the Lord', a substitution that would have been unthinkable for a Jew unless Christ was seen as having parity of status with Yahweh (Slave of Christ: A New Testament Metaphor for Total Devotion to Christ, Murray Harris, page 132, 134).   20a. The one Lord (YHWH) of Deuteronomy 6:4 is the Lord of lords (Deuteronomy 10:17). 20b. The one Lord (YHWH) of Deuteronomy 6:4 encompasses the Lord Jesus in that He is the Lord of lords (Revelation 17:14; 19:16). 20c. My further comments: Deuteronomy 10:20 (cf. Deuteronomy 6:13) Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God; him shalt thou serve, and to him shalt thou cleave, and swear by his name. (KJV) The one Lord (YHWH) of Deuteronomy 6:4 is also referred to as the "God of gods" in Deuteronomy 10:17. And in only 3 verses later we see that the God of gods applies to the Lord Jesus for He is to be supremely feared (see #5 above), rendered latreuō (see #13 above), cleaved unto (see #3 above) and worshiped (see #14 above). 20d. My further comments continued: Joseph Thayer cites both Revelation 19:16 and Deuteronomy 10:17 affirming they refer to the “Supreme Lord” (Thayer’s Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament, kyrios, page 366). Supreme means “highest in rank or authority” (Webster’s Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, supreme, page 1430). Therefore Christ is the “highest” Lord of heaven, while the NIDNTT informs us that God “is the highest (Mk. 5:7; Lk. 1:32; Acts 7:48; 16:17; Heb. 7:1), the great king (Matt. 5:35), the king of the nations (Rev. 15:3)” (2:74, God, J. Schneider). Not surprisingly the TDNT refers the Lord of lords as Jesus' "divine equality" with God (5:273, onoma, H. Bietenhard). In view of the evidence presented above, "the great God" of Deuteronomy 10:17 is applied by Paul to the Lord Jesus in Titus 2:13 (see #6 above).   21a. The one Lord (YHWH) of Deuteronomy 6:4 is to be rendered leitourgeō (Deuteronomy 18:5LXX). 21b. The one Lord (YHWH) of Deuteronomy 6:4 encompasses the Lord Jesus because He is rendered leitourgeō (Acts 13:2). 21c. My further comments: A. T. Robertson asserts the following: Here of worship (prayer, exhortation, fasting). The word liturgy grows out of this use...as Jesus sent the twelve and the seventy in pairs, so here. http://www.godrules.net/library/robert/robertact13.htm   22a. The one Lord (YHWH) of Deuteronomy 6:4 is worshiped by the firstfruits rendered unto Him (Deuteronomy 26:1-4). 22b. The one Lord (YHWH) of Deuteronomy 6:4 encompasses the Lord Jesus in that Christians are metaphorically presented as sacrifices to the Father and to the Lord Jesus in worship (Romans 16:5; Revelation 14:4). 22c. My further comments: The Greek word for "firstfruits" is aparchē. The imagery of the firstfruits is also drawn from Exodus 23:16, 19 where worship was rendered unto YHWH. a. A. T. Robertson: First fruits (απαρχη — aparchē). See for this word 1 Corinthians 16:15; Romans 11:16; Romans 16:5. This seems to mean that the 144,000 represent not the whole, but only a portion of the great harvest to come (Matthew 9:37), not only the first installment, but those marked by high spiritual service to God and the Lamb (Romans 12:1; Hebrews 13:15; 1 Peter 2:5). http://www.studylight.org/commentari...lation-14.html   23a. The one Lord (YHWH) of Deuteronomy 6:4 has His Name called upon His believers (Deuteronomy 28:10). 23b. The one Lord (YHWH) of Deuteronomy 6:4 encompasses the Lord Jesus in that His Name is called upon His believers (James 2:7). 23c. My further comments: The Name was used absolutely for the Lord Jesus elsewhere (Acts 5:41; 3 John 1:7). a. Bruce Chilton and Jacob Neusner: Finally, we may notice that the "beautiful name" invoked over Christians according to James 2:7 is most likely the name of Jesus invoked in baptism. But it corresponds to a usage in the Hebrew Bible and later Jewish literature, according to which God's ownership of his own people Israel is indicated by referring to them as those "over whom the name of YHWH has been invoked" (e.g., Deut. 28:10; 2 Chron. 7:14; Dan. 9:19). This treatment of the name Jesus as equivalent to the divine name of the God of Israel is a piece with the considerable influence of Joel 2:32 ("everyone who call on the name of YHWH shall be saved"), understood Christologically, in early Christian usage (Acts 2:21, 38, where it is connected to baptism in the name of Jesus; Acts 9:14, 21; 22:16; Rom. 10:13; 2 Tim. 2:22). Once again the implicit Christology is high (The Brother of Jesus: James the Just and his mission, page 135).   24a. People are to turn/return (epistrephō) to the one Lord (YHWH) of Deuteronomy 6:4 (Deuteronomy 30:10; cf. 7:4; 11:16, 28; 31:18, 20). 24b. The one Lord (YHWH) of Deuteronomy 6:4 encompasses the Lord Jesus because people turn/return (epistrephō) to Him (Acts 9:35; 11:21; 2 Corinthians 3:16; 1 Peter 2:25). 24c. My further comments: The Greek word for "turned" is epistrephō. In the Old Testament when one turned to the Lord it encompassed rendering worship unto Him as "the true God" (2 Chronicles 15:3-4). Psalm 22:27 All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the LORD, And all the families of the nations will worship before You. (NASB) This is in sharp distinction from rendering worship unto idols. Ezekiel 14:6 Therefore say to the house of Israel, Thus says the Lord GOD, Repent and turn away from your idols and turn your faces away from all your abominations. (NASB) This "turning" to God from idols is also taught in the New Testament (Acts 14:15; 1 Thessalonians 1:9 cf. Acts 15:19; 26:18). Thus when one turns from their former belief (idolatry) to the Lord Jesus means He is being worshiped.   25a. In Deuteronomy 32:3 Moses proclaimed the Name of the one Lord (YHWH) of Deuteronomy 6:4 and ascribed greatness to Him in worship. 25b. Christians are to proclaim the Name of the the one Lord (YHWH) of Deuteronomy 6:4 to the Lord Jesus (1 Corinthians 11:26; Colossians 1:28; 1 Timothy 3:16) and they are to ascribe greatness to Him in worship (Revelation 5:12). 25c. My further comments: Psalm 29:1-2 (1) Ascribe to the LORD, O sons of the mighty, Ascribe to the LORD glory and strength. (2) Ascribe to the LORD the glory due to His name: Worship the LORD in holy array. (NASB) By ascribing to the Lord Jesus "glory" and "honor" (timē is the same Greek word in the LXX for "strength" in Psalm 29:1) in Revelation 5:12 echoes the greatness ascribed unto the one Lord (YHWH) in worship (Deuteronomy 32:3).   26a. The one Lord (YHWH) of Deuteronomy 6:4 will repay (Deuteronomy 32:41). 26b. The one Lord (YHWH) of Deuteronomy 6:4 encompasses the Lord Jesus because He will repay (2 Timothy 4:14). 26c. It is noted that Deuteronomy 32:41 relates to YHWH's "justice" while the "righteous Judge" that will also repay Paul refers to the Lord Jesus (2 Timothy 4:8). That Paul affirmed the appearing of this "Judge" gives further testimony that he was referring to the Lord Jesus in that earlier in this epistle appearing is used in reference to Him in 2 Timothy 1:10 (cf. 2 Thessalonians 2:8; 1 Timothy 6:14). In fact, this appearing is also found within this very same context in reference to the Lord Jesus (2 Timothy 4:1).       [*1] The Lord Jesus is worshiped (proskyneō) in Mark 5:6 and Mark 14:62 refers to what Daniel spoke of in Daniel 7. Here we see that the Aramaic word for "serve" in Daniel 7:14 is pelach. This refers to worship that is due unto God alone. The LXX appropriately renders the Greek word for it as "latreuō." Since the Lord Jesus is the proper recipient of pelach proves He is to be worshiped as God. a. Andrew Steinmann: The Messiah is likened to "a Son of Man," meaning that he is not like a beast, but a human. However, the context also clearly signals that he is much more than a human. In fact, since he possesses an eternal kingdom (7:14), he is God, who alone has a kingdom that does not end (2:44-45; 6:27 [ET 6:26]; 7:27). His divine nature is signaled as soon as he is introduced as one who rides on the clouds (Dan 7:13). He rules as a human and over all humanity since elsewhere in Daniel , phrases like "all peoples, nations, and languages" are used in royal communications from a human king to his human subjects (3:4, 7. 29; 3:31 [ET 4:1]; 6:26 [ET 6:25]; cf. 5:19. Yet the divine vision reveals that "all peoples, nations, and languages will worship him" (7:14). The book of Daniel consistently condemns worship of any person or thing other than the one true God. Thus the portrayal of the Son of Man in 7:13-14 is of a Messiah who is both human and divine. This matches the claims about Jesus in the NT both in respect to the use of this passage and in respect to the two natures in the Christ...Thus the Son of Man receives the same honor and worship that the Most High receives (see Jn 5:22-23). This is an implicit affirmation of the divinity of the Son of Man - God the Son, the second person of the Trinity (Daniel, Concordia Commentary, page 358-359, 384).

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    • Deuteronomy 23:2

      Deuteronomy 23:2: “No one born of a forbidden union may enter the assembly of the LORD. Even to the tenth generation, none of his descendants may enter the assembly of the LORD.   This is one way of exalting Abraham's seed from that of the heathen! Anyone have anything in mind regarding its application today? While I believe this was reason to live chastely, I began to think of that familiarity to generational curses and the repercussions of our decisions. Some will say how cruel of God, but are we guilty of cursing our children more than we know? Today I see it in broken families, I am sad to say, generational curses exists in forms of habitual patterns of behavior handed down from one generation to another. Women are without husbands, and sons and daughters are without fathers. Single mothers rotate men in and out of children's lives. It is no wonder to me that sons and daughters have such a low view of men or even themselves. They expect men to be disposable, and they expect men to treat them as their mothers are treated, abandoning relationships and holding low the role of fatherhood without consideration. Even to the tenth generation, simply incredible, to acknowledge how far reaching our decisions impact others. So many people think sin affects only themselves by refusing to see how far around them sin extends. While I do expect to be remembered for two generations, maybe three if I am lucky, I am sure my behavior (which I hope for good) through my children will be passed down from one generation to another.   Your thoughts? Godbless, William

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