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Monday, July 09, 2018
Moses speaks to Israel: command to build an altar of whitewashed stones at Mount Ebal. The stones will have the words of the law written on them. Half the tribes will gather at Mount Gerizim, to utter God’s blessings; the other half shall gather at Mount Ebal, to utter his curses. Long list of those who are to be cursed: those who disobey their parents, lie with animals, take bribes etc.
Moses speaks to Israel: the blessings if Israel obeys God – the fruit of your body, the produce of your ground etc. More curses if Israel disobeys God, including being scattered among all peoples – the list of curses is much longer!
Moses speaks to Israel: God reminds the Israelites of his provision for them in the wilderness. The covenant is renewed. Harsh punishment is promised to the covenant-breaker. All other nations will know of their disobedience, and its consequences. Some things the Lord has kept secret; but he has revealed the law so the Israelites may demonstrate their obedience (or disobedience).
Moses speaks to Israel: after Israel disobeys and is scattered, God will bring them back to prosper. The hearts of the Israelites will be circumcised, and further blessings ensue. The law is revealed, and therefore accessible – there is no excuse for not obeying it. A choice between life and death is presented: heaven and earth are witnesses.
Moses tells the Israelites he is 120 years old, and cannot cross over the Jordan to the promised land. God commands the Israelites to be strong, and the same will happen to their enemies as happened to Sihon and Og. Moses commands Joshua to be strong. Every seven years at the Feast of Tabernacles, the Levites were to perform a public reading of the law. Joshua is inaugurated as leader in the tabernacle, with Moses also present. The Israelites will be guilty of apostasy, and be abandoned by God. God’s words are placed in the ark, and will serve as a witness against the Israelites. The elders and officials gather to hear God’s words.
Thank you to http://biblesummarybychapter.blogspot.com/2011/01/deuteronomy.html for the summaries!