– A Backward Look at Israel’s History, Obedience Insisted On Deut. 1 – 11
– Israel’s Journey to Kadesh-Barnea: Their Unbelief Deut. 1
– Israel’s Journey to the Border Deut. 2 – 3
– Warnings Concerning Obedience Deut. 4
– The Ten Commandments, and their Ratification Deut. 5
– Obedience to the Law should Characterize the People Deut. 6
– Treatment of the Canaanite Nations Deut. 7
– Remembering the Lessons of the Wilderness Deut. 8
– Remembering God’s Grace and the Condition of Obedience Deut. 9 – 11
– Commandments Pertaining to Life in Canaan Deut. 12 – 29
– The Place Where the Lord Would Put His Name Deut. 12
– Doctrinal Evil and Its Consequence Deut. 13
– Moral Fidelity to the Lord Deut. 14 – 15
– The Feasts of Jehovah Deut. 16:1-17
– Government in the Land Deut. 16:18 – 17:20
– Importance of Honoring God in the Land Deut. 18
– Cities of Refuge and Other Issues of Law Deut. 19
– Concerning War Deut. 20
– Matters Involving Decisions of the Elders Deut. 21
– Natural Relationships Deut. 22
– Defilement and its Effect on Entering the Congregation Deut. 23:1-14
– Concerning Money and Personal Property Deut. 23:15 – 25:19
– Offering and Tithing Deut. 26
– Blessing on Mt. Gerizim, Cursing on Mt. Ebal Deut. 27 – 28
– A Summary of Deuteronomy Deut. 29
– Things to Come, Blessing of the People, Death of Moses Deut. 30 – 34
– A Plea for Obedience Deut. 30
– Last Words Deut. 31
– Moses’ Song and Final Words Deut. 32
– The Blessing of the Children of Israel Deut. 33
– Death and Eulogy of Moses Deut. 34
The purpose of the book of Deuteronomy is to whet the peoples’ appetite for the enjoyment of Canaan, and at the same time to remind them of the responsibilities that would come with those privileges. There is a recounting of things in the first eleven chapters, as well a preparation for the land. In some ways, the first part of Deuteronomy is a picture of the judgment seat of Christ where our lives are reviewed and we are prepared for eternity with Christ.
The title of this book, which translated into English, is “Second-Law,” indicates its character; for in it Moses recapitulates and enforces the whole law system to which Israel was committed.
Deuteronomy vs. Leviticus. in Deuteronomy we have comparatively little of rites and ceremonies. The Lord is seen more in direct communication with the people; and even the priests, in their official capacity, come rarely before us.
Why are we here? The older generation was passing away, and God gave the book of Deuteronomy to show the grown up younger generation how that had got to where they were. God explained the failure of the older generation, and pleaded with these younger ones not to make the same mistake, but rather to remain obedient. It was this younger generation who would inherit the land, and God tells them the conditions on which they could remain in the land. As an application, we need to understand our place in time. The church, like Israel, is under the governmental hand of God because of the failure of the previous generations. We are not called to live in Pentecostal days. God is now working with a remnant testimony (ever since Thyatira).