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This chapter concludes Moses’ review of Israel’s wilderness journey. Moses stops talking about Israel’s past and emphasizes the present. He wanted to make sure that the people did not soon forget all they had seen God do. At the same time he wanted Israel to know the importance of keeping God’s laws and statues. They were not to delete from or add to the law (v. 2). To add to the law would make them a burden. This is what the religious leaders did at the time of Christ (Matthew 23:1-4). To subtract from the laws would make them incomplete. Therefore the laws were to remain unchanged (vv. 1-2).
It is easy to forget the wonderful ways God has worked in the lives of His people. I can remember God’s great acts of faithfulness by telling our children, friends, or associates what we have seen him do in and through our lives.
"And now, O Israel, listen to the statutes and the rules that I am teaching you, and do them, that you may live, and go in and take possession of the land that the LORD, the God of your fathers, is giving you. You shall not add to the word that I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the LORD your God that I command you. Your eyes have seen what the LORD did at Baal-peor, for the LORD your God destroyed from among you all the men who followed the Baal of Peor. But you who held fast to the LORD your God are all alive today. See, I have taught you statutes and rules, as the LORD my God commanded me, that you should do them in the land that you are entering to take possession of it. Keep them and do them, for that will be your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples, who, when they hear all these statutes, will say, 'Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.' For what great nation is there that has a god so near to it as the LORD our God is to us, whenever we call upon him? And what great nation is there, that has statutes and rules so righteous as all this law that I set before you today? "Only take care, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. Make them known to your children and your children's children-- how on the day that you stood before the LORD your God at Horeb, the LORD said to me, 'Gather the people to me, that I may let them hear my words, so that they may learn to fear me all the days that they live on the earth, and that they may teach their children so."'
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Deuteronomy 1:1-18Preparing to Enter Canaan
Deuteronomy 1:19-31Fearful to Enter The Land
Deuteronomy 1:32-46The Penalty For Israels Rebellion
Deuteronomy 2:1-15The Journey From Kadesh-barnea to Moab
Deuteronomy 2:16-37What it Means to Have God on Your Side
Deuteronomy 3:1-11King Og Defeated
Deuteronomy 3:12-29Living With The Consequences
Deuteronomy 4:1-10An Exhortation to Obedience
Deuteronomy 4:11-20Worshiping Other God’s is Forbidden
Deuteronomy 4:21-31The Consequences of Neglected Warnings
Deuteronomy 4:32-40The Lord is God
Deuteronomy 4:41-49Three Cities of Refuge
Deuteronomy 5:1-21The Ten Commandments
Deuteronomy 5:22-33The People Afraid of God’s Presence
Deuteronomy 6:1-11The Greatest Commandment
Deuteronomy 6:12-25Cautions Against Disobedience
Deuteronomy 7:1-26Blessings of Obedience