The book of Deuteronomy was written by Moses (31:9).It is sometimes called the fifth book of Moses.It was written at the close of Israel’s forty-year journey through the wilderness.Deuteronomy means “second law”.It is not another law, but a summary of the main points of the law that has already been given.Israel was getting ready to go into the promise land.Remember, all those who were over twenty have now died.This generation needed to be reminded and to know God’s plan and law for them.The phrase “thou shall remember” is used several times in the book.It is true today also.We need to read and reread the Bible; teach it to our children and obey.
This book is full of the divine love and faithfulness of God.God’s love prompted all He did and will do.His love brought the atonement of sin and the way to His throne and kingdom.Please note that Christ in the New Testament quoted Deuteronomy to the tempter.It is quoted by Jesus and the apostles more than any other Old Testament book.When you study this book, please note the cities of refuge, 4:41-49; 19b:1-13. (See also chapter 4:29-31 and see His great love.)Bezer (4:43) means “fortification” and assures protection. (See Col. 3:3).Ramoth (4:43) means “heights”.We are seated in the heavenlies with Him.Golan (4:43) means “circle”, the symbol of continuity. (See II Cor. 1:21-22).Therefore, Christ is our protection, provider and preserver.See the servant in chapter 15, the seer in chapter 18 and above all, the savior in chapter 30 and the strong rock in chapter 32.Praise the Lord for the “Rock of Ages Cleft for Me”.
Remember: Always look for Christ when studying the Old Testament.He is there in one way or another.
So let us rehearse, read and reread and realize the Bible is one book in 66.Praise the Lord for His love letter to us!
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