Thy Will Be Done – Deuteronomy 31-34

It is the end of Moses’ life, and the mantle of leadership is about to pass to Joshua. It is here that we witness one of God’s greatest servants die. Moses did not avoid his passing; he had prepared for this time (28-32). At 120 years of age, he had obeyed God’s will for his lifetime.

I am reminded of how one of the first deacons, Stephen, described another of God’s great servants: “For David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation, fell asleep and was laid with his fathers …” (Acts 13:36). One of our aims in life is simply to serve God’s purpose for our generation, and then fall asleep into the arms of God.

Covenant – Deuteronomy 29-30

Read Deuteronomy 29-30

At the heart of God’s relationship with you is a word that is strange to us: covenant. You cannot really understand the Bible unless you understand what a covenant is. Nor can you really understand the importance of this word until you appreciate that a covenant involves a relationship.

While a covenant includes laws, it does not read like the legal code for the state of Texas. Instead, when you read about God’s covenant with Israel, it is a blending of God’s laws as well as His love. You can begin to see these two elements blending together when you read:

“so that you may enter into the sworn covenant of the Lord your God, which the Lord your God is making with you today, 13 that he may establish you today as his people, and that he may be your God, as he promised you, and as he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob” (29:12-13).

God offers us a covenant because He has sworn to bless His children no matter what may happen. We can count on God’s blessings because God cannot lie (Titus 1:2). But, God has also sworn that He cannot bless a disobedient people. So what gives? Either God blesses us because we are His children or He rejects us because of our sin. It seems like a contradiction until you put the two seemingly at odd pieces together this way: God keeps His covenant with His people, and He will bless them despite their disobedience. God, and Him only, is able to keep His promise to bless disobedient people because Jesus keeps the terms of the covenant in our place. God brought the condemnation I deserved on Jesus, and I receive the reward He deserves. Jesus is in my place so that God can both bless His disobedient children while also punishing sin as He promised.

Blessing and Cursing – Deuteronomy 27-28

Read Deuteronomy 27-28

Much of what you read in this chapter is repetition from earlier in Deuteronomy. Yet, Moses is nearing the end of both his sermon and his life. Speaking to the next generation as they were on the verge of going across to the much-anticipated Promised Land, he lists numerous blessings to the nation if they will completely obey. I have selected ten blessings to show the riches of God’s grace.

  • The nation of Israel will be set “high above all the nations of the earth” (28:1);
  • The sheer number of blessings will “come upon you and overtake you” (28:2);
  • Israel’s cities will be blessed and their fields will be blessed (28:3);
  • The wombs of the wives, their livestock and their plants will be blessed (28:4);
  • They will be blessed as they come and go (28:6);
  • Their enemies would be both defeated but also scattered (28:7)
  • Other nations will be afraid of them (28:10);
  • God will give them abundant rain (28:12);
  • The nation of Israel will have economic prosperity (28:12);
  • God will make the nation the head of all the nations (28:13).

All of this was offered to the young nation if only they would serve the Lord faithfully.