Repeating Yourself – Deuteronomy 11-12

Read Deuteronomy 11-12

As we enter the second part of Deuteronomy, Moses continues to challenge this new generation to be different than their parents. He calls on them to respond to God’s grace by loving and obeying God. Right here, in the middle of the book, you will encounter many laws that you are already familiar with from your reading of Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers. This is where Deuteronomy gets its name meaning, “second law.”

I often hear from people reading Deuteronomy that the book keeps repeating itself. You will especially hear this complaint from people who are studying the book together as a group. Usually, someone asks, “Why does this book keep repeating the same thing? I get it already.” But we must remember, Deuteronomy is the sermon of Moses. When a sermon is preached, it is powerfully important for the basic themes to be repeated again and again. Someone has said that a speech should follow three simple rules: 1) Preview what you are going to say; 2) Actually tell them what you intend to say; 3) Tell them what you just told them. Effective speaking is about repetition and Moses effectively repeats his main points for the people he so greatly loved.

But more than an effective method for communication, Deuteronomy repeats many of the same points for you. You need to be reminded of God’s rich grace in all that He has done for you. You need to be reminded of the importance of wholehearted love and obedience in response to His goodness. Lastly, you need to be reminded of the significance of living entirely different than those who do not have God as their own. You need the reminders because of they are vitally essential to your life.

Michael Slater