Imagine the scene: the people of Israel are standing at the foot of the promised land after 40 long years in the wilderness. This generation has been through a lot, all they have known is the desert, and their great leader for the past forty years – Moses – is unable to lead them in. How will they go? What will they need to be mindful of? Who are they to turn to when they become fearful?
In the book of Deuteronomy Moses gives his final speech to this young, fear-filled nation. Over 10 weeks we’ll see him talk about their past failures, point them to God’s future grace, exhort them to ‘choose life’ by obeying God’s commands, and give them a gospel-shaped hope for when they will inevitably fail again.
The Story So Far
Israels past is marked by personal unbelief, fear and failure but God proved gracious and faithful, so they must trust his past grace for his future grace as they enter the land.
Love and Obedience
God enters into covenant relationship with his redeemed by speaking his Word. The redeemed respond to this grace in total love with undivided commitment and obedience to Gods covenant Word.
Identity and Obedience
With privileged and new identities, as those chosen and saved by God, comes the need for obedience and the warning of judgement for disobedience.
The Heart of Obedience
God's relentless grace and faithfulness shapes our hearts to be totally set apart in devotion and obedience to him.
In contrast to the false worship of the land, true worship is directed by God and involves the whole of life joyfully lived for him so Israel are called to obey these commands!
Christian leaders are to minister God's word to his people as they submit to the leadership of Jesus.
These covenantal laws reflect God's character, applying the 10 Commandments to life, and encourage obedience in a people who will also reflect His character.
Covenantal Blessings and Curses
At the foot of the promised land, Moses sets Israel before 2 mountains: Mt Blessing and Mt Curse. Which one will they find themselves on?
Covenantal Renewal and Repentance
God mercifully renews our stubborn hearts so that we can embrace the gospel of the risen Lord Jesus and choose life.
The Hope for the Hopeless
God, the Rock, is just which leads to righteous judgement on his wayward people, but His goodness leads to undeserved restoration.