Such conversion does not suit God, who must have His own. And Israel bow to the will of their God. Then Sihon came out against us, he and all his people, to fight at Jahaz. This too explains why the book of Deuteronomy is made use of in the New Testament in so very striking a manner, and in circumstances so eminently critical. And this is another chapter from which our Lord quotes when tempted, to which we may refer in passing. And there in the wilderness he speaks of the Lord your God. 5; John iv. were then offered but of a vast body of systematically-ordered teaching by types. 39; vi. *Nothing can be weaker than the harping on the phrase "the priests the Levites," as in the writings of Davidson and Colenso (following the superficial scepticism of foreign authors, who themselves followed the old Deists of our own country). By whom? But then Moses reminds them how that they got together and said, "Oh, we've sinned against God. Rekam, and that Double. The passage insists on the unity of the true God. I dare say we have almost all done so, without referring to any particular mode; for alas! If we have," &c. In the same sceptical spirit follows Dr. Colenso. Deuteronomy 1:1-46 lets us see the end of disobedience; Deuteronomy 2:1-37; Deuteronomy 2:1-37; Deuteronomy 3:1-29 give us to know as clearly the result of obedience. O. T. i. pp. Still it is too solemn to admit of what is so buoyant, which has its own proper exercise. Again, what can be more simple and appropriate than that Moses at the close should omit the name and counsel of Jethro, and bring the people into greater prominence than himself in the choice of rulers? Now comes another promise: "Behold," says He, "I have given into thine hand Sihon the Amorite." Deuteronomy 7:1-26 one may sum up in a very few words. (Gen. Xlix. When we compare, for instance, the way in which Moses, under the direction of God, was to lead on the Israelites, and the way in which Mahomet perverted the word into a fable for ambitious ends, and allowance of human lusts and passions, who cannot see the difference? And Jehovah our God delivered him before us; and we smote him, and his sons, and all his people." vol. I must despair of all of these self-improvement programs and I must cry out for help outside of myself, for therein is the power of the spirit manifested. For so long I tried to deliver myself, ended in failure. Appendix ii. In His dealings with them He applied a higher standard, and far more severity. The consequence is that, though all have their place, these distinctions may here seem small indeed. And in verse Deuteronomy 1:2 is a little commentary, it says. They got their eyes upon the obstacles rather of than the power of God to remove the obstacles.And this is the mistake that we so often make as we look at our own lives and we look at the dominion that our flesh has had over us. But their fathers would not obey at that time. Although there were eleven days journey before them before they would arrive at Kadesh-barnea, nevertheless, lest anything should delay the people, who were naturally but too indolent, tie stimulates them by setting before them the ease with which it might be accomplished, telling them that they had but to lift up their feet and advance, in order to attain the promised rest. This is precisely what does put man to the proof morally. When such a death is really before one in service, then perhaps the difficulties would be incomparably more felt; for the Lord does not call to such a course or end to gratify human nature, or to give an opportunity for glorifying man, but always for His own glory. And yet the inability to bring the flesh into conformity with the spirit of God. In the one case there was a remembrance of creation; in this case, of symbolic redemption, the bringing out of Egypt. In the first section, i.-iv. They had had many a sight of their own hearts, and they had had ample experience of God's ways in patient and gracious government. "Now therefore hearken, O Israel, unto the statutes and unto the judgments which I teach you, for to do them, that ye may live, and go in and possess the land which the Jehovah God of your fathers giveth you. Notwithstanding ye would not go up, but rebelled against the commandment of Jehovah your God: and ye murmured in your tents, and said, Because Jehovah hated us." It is Jehovah gathering the people round Himself. It is well for persons that they are not to stay long under the law, and the terrors of it, but are directed to Mount Zion; Hebrews 12:18. Meanwhile they were not to meddle with their kindred, even though jealous and unkind. Preventive against Backsliding. If it is a question of access to God in His sanctuary, priests are definitely brought out, and the proper book for this is Leviticus; but there is a larger truth than this that God has a people whom He puts in a place of consecration to Himself. Turn you, and take your journey, and go to the mount of the Amorites, and unto all the places nigh "hereunto, in the plain, in the hills, and in the vale, and in the south, and by the sea side, to the land of the Canaanites, and unto Lebanon, unto the great river, the river Euphrates. They are each of them seeking supremacy. The other whom Jesus called thought about his father and mother; he would like to see them first. The intercession of Moses prevailed so far for his brother and the people, that the one lived till near the end of the wanderings in the desert, and the others, instead of perishing as a whole at once, lived to take their journey from a land of wells (Beeroth) to Mosera where Aaron died at Mount Hor, and thence to Gudgodah, and to Jotbath, "a land of rivers of waters:" such was the patient goodness of God to both, as the long interval made the more marked.*. It seems needless to say that this is altogether short of Christianity; and as we have referred to the difference of a Jew and a Christian as to the sabbath-day and the first day of the week, so as to this. Who went in the way before you, to search you out a place to pitch your tents, in the fire by night, to show you by what way you should go, and the cloud by day ( Deuteronomy 1:33 ). God appointed judges (Deuteronomy 1:16) to help Moses carry the burden of legal decisions that resulted from the giving of the Law. Behold I have set the land before you,Deuteronomy 1:8; Deuteronomy 1:8. Our adversaries? ", Then comes (ver. maro itoje harrow house; cupid shuffle artist net worth; lakeside garden centre warminster menu The law-giver sets before them the manner in which the law dealt with themselves, in one feature particularly, which he presses on them. I have no hesitation in subscribing the opinion that our Lord Jesus chose them not only because they were in themselves exactly such as met and confronted Satan's temptations perfectly, but because there was a moral suitability in the fact that they were the words addressed to the people when ruin had already come in when nothing but the grace of God was afresh appealing to them before they were brought into the holy land. 30.) These seven canons were next expanded by R. Ishmael (in the first century) into thirteen, by the analysis of one of them (the 5th) into six, and the addition of this sound exegetical rule, that where two Alfred EdersheimThe Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah, The Blessing of Jacob Upon Judah. 45-48. So, they are words of encouragement as he is recounting that which God has done. . 8 Behold, I have set the land before you: go in and possess the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give unto them and to their seed after them. What shall we wear?These kinds of things, and in that we differ nothing from the heathen, from the animals. Next to having Christ Himself is the following in His steps. They were not compelled to take this to the one place that God had consecrated. "What is the mountainous country of Judea? (1) These are the words. And it came to pass in the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first day of the month, that Moses spake unto the children of Israel, according to all that the LORD had given him in commandment unto them ( Deuteronomy 1:2-3 ); So, there's an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadeshbarnea to the beginning of entering into the Promised Land, but they have been journeying for forty years and eleven months on an eleven-day journey. I do not envy them the thought that God has not revealed His mind about what is nearest to Himself, and what most of all is bound up with His glory! But there never was a system that more thoroughly pandered to the evil heart of man, and gratified it in its violence against others, and in its corrupt lusts for itself, than that frightful imposture. And it is always our unbelief that places the limitations upon the work that God is seeking to do in our lives. They would have further proof of Gods unfailing goodness when they saw the rich land God was giving them. Praying through Deuteronomy 6:7 . It is the book which our Lord quotes in His temptations with Satan. (Exodus 18:23) But inDeuteronomy 1:9; Deuteronomy 1:9, etc., Moses speaks of the same institution as his own without any reference to Jethro, or the divine command of which Jethro spoke." It is the same principle here again as elsewhere. The offspring of your herds and flocks. But we must not overlook another part of the chapter not the Lord strengthening the people against the mightiest of adversaries, but Israel reminded of their rebellious heart even under such circumstances against Jehovah. 2). For Egypt, the area of bondage, slavery, hardship, is the type of the life of the world, in the world, slaves to our flesh to Satan; and so it is typical of our old life. But for the Christian a very essential feature of his standing is that he is delivered from the status of man or Israel, and called to Christ and heavenly things. He points out that God had been with them through the wilderness experience. "Hearken" and "do," that ye may "live" and "possess.". It seems probable to us that the record in Exodus is the more exact. With this then most fittingly He begins. These figures Moses was inspired to give as a whole to the people, entirely apart from the question whether they were or could be carried out according to the letter while passing through the wilderness. Both are substantially the decalogue; but Moses did not write both. Ye have dwelt long enough, c. Exodus 19:1-2 and left it the twentieth of the second month of the second year, so it appears they had continued there nearly a whole year. His brother was the political head of that community in Alexandria, and he himself on one occasion represented his co-religionists, Alfred EdersheimThe Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah, A Plain Description of the Essence and Attributes of God, Out of the Holy Scripture, So Far as Every Christian must Competently Know, and Necessarily Believe, that Will be Saves. "Now therefore hearken, O Israel." 35; xxxii. If the rigidly literal meaning of the phrase 'God spake these words' is not adhered to in the case of the one record, it need not in the case of the other. It was after the golden calf, nay more than this; it was after the whole disciplinary dealings of Jehovah had now come to an end. Because they had not a particle of confidence in God. (I stood between Jehovah and you at that time, to show you the word of Jehovah: for ye were afraid by reason of the fire, and went not up into the Mount.)" May my inner and outward actions, attitude, words and motives reflect a heart that loves the Lord with . They were only tenants, and had to pay Him rent. He that believes may calmly confide in God under all circumstances. (7 "You shall have no other gods before  me. We shall find how thoroughly this applies all through the book to the perplexity of poor proud rationalism, but in itself a simple yet very important truth indeed. Such was the genuine result of sending the spies. 8-10. Now I affirm that on the face of the scriptures no candid person can deny that Exodus is professedly given as the history of the matter; Deuteronomy as a subsequent recital to the people, without the least aim at reiterating the words, which would have been the easiest thing in the world; for even these free thinkers do not pretend that the Deuteronomist did not possess Exodus. The conquest of which is commanded by God. I pray that by Your grace, I would choose to live a victorious life that trusts Your Word, submits to Your will, and honours Your name in every eventuality of life. Thither God brought them to humble them, and by the terrors of the law to prepare them for the land of promise. Mark the very fact here set before us: not a single man of the congregation of Jehovah that left Egypt passed into the holy land save two individuals, who identified themselves by faith from the very first with the glory of Jehovah. [Note: Peter C. Craigie, The Book of Deuteronomy, p. Oh, I'm getting close because I realize now I can't deliver myself. It was not in His mind to offer men His law or the sword. 1. 3) and dwelling in inaccessible light (1 Tim. In this Second Narration, Moses expressly declares that God not only gave them a visible sign, by uplifting the cloud, but that He also verbally commanded the people to leave Mount Sinai, and to set about the performance of the rest of their journey. *. He and other sacred authors are to be regarded as nothing more than representatives of the intelligence of their age in relation to the Deity. Which the Holy Scripture called "The hill-country of Judah," Joshua 21:11; Luke 1:39. [It was now eighteen months since Jesus had visited Jerusalem, at which time he had healed the impotent man at Bethesda. However the "strife" (Deuteronomy 1:12) of the people would prove to be their undoing. 11-52. It is the king's mountain." However Judea, here and there, doth swell out much with mountains, yet its chief swelling appears in that broad back of mountains, that runs from the utmost southern cost as far as Hebron, and almost as Jerusalem itself. Consequently there is here a heavy blow struck at the tendency towards idolatry. The truth is that the solemn circumstances appear to recall to the mind of Moses the awful lapse of Israel when "they made the calf which Aaron made," and Levi, of odd perfidious to the stranger for a sister's sake, consecrated themselves to Jehovah in the blood of their idolatrous brethren; and Moses hews at Jehovah's command tables of stone like the first, and put them, written as before, in the ark which he had made. "Can you call Him Father?" We know how these traditions linger among men, particularly in the East. "And Moses called all Israel, and said unto them, Hear, O Israel, the statutes and judgments which I speak in your ears this day, that ye may learn them, and keep and do them." Moses began his recollections of the journey by reminding the people that their coming possession of Canaan was solely because of Gods grace, not because of any virtue in them (1:1-8).Only through Gods mercy had they grown into a strong and contented people who enjoyed the blessing (rare among ancient races) of just, impartial and humanitarian government (9-18). vi. 2. pt. vol. We have to remember that we get and learn only that we may apply and act. It is evident that they are somehow or another connected with God, and touch matters of religion, as men would say. Prayer Point #2: For The Body of Christ To Be In Unity and Walk In Love. Commonly indeed we see that Christians understand a great deal better what the Jews ought to have done, than what they themselves ought to be doing. Accordingly this is the solemn and central truth that is brought in here. They were a people brought into relationship with God, and the object of His words was to guard them from practical inconsistency with that relationship. And I cannot bring my flesh into conformity unto God. Then again we have what is always brought out in the book of Deuteronomy. Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of Jehovah your God which I command you." Psalm 138:1-2. Yet for all that, even though it was but the governmental display of God with a nation (not fully as with Christ, but provisionally by Moses), there is not a fragment of it that does not, when candidly examined, prove the goodness and the holiness of God, as much as it illustrates also on the other side the rebelliousness of man, chosen man, even the people of God. What is meant by a moral law is that which one can pronounce on from within even without a prescription from God. Praying through Deuteronomy 6:6. For a people in relationship with God such is the only possible way, either of pleasing Him, or of tasting that joy of the Lord which is the strength of His people. "3. We may rejoice in the God that has so dealt with us, but is it becoming that Christ's death should be a call to transports? I`m blessed into my down sitting and I`m blessed into my uprising! "( Romans 6:6 ) Paul the apostle said, "I am crucified with Christ" ( Galatians 2:20 ). I do not dwell on this. This was their real object. Heavenly Father, thank You for this important lesson. Though God brings his people into trouble and affliction, into spiritual trouble and affliction of mind, he knows when they have dwelt long enough in it, and will certainly find a time, the fittest time, to advance them from the terrors of the spirit of adoption. Kadesh. Let me ask, Why were there these three feasts, and these three only? In advancing to take possession of the world for Christ, we have the encouragement of thinking that he knows precisely to what kind of work he is sending us, and yet promises success. And I said unto you, Dread not, neither be afraid of them. Thus does dying Jacob, in announcing. Whereas, even in God's dealings with a nation after the flesh (and such is the truth as to Israel here), there was an admirable check on man and witness of divine government, though the law made nothing perfect. His fame and prolonged obscurity made his enemies anxious for him to again expose himself in their midst. "Jehovah said unto me, Fear not: for I will deliver him, and all his people, and his land, into thy hand; and thou shalt do unto him as thou didst unto Sihon king of the Amorites, which dwelt at Heshbon. They knew no reason why weary wastes of disappointing years should stretch between Bethel and Peniel, between the Cross and Pentecost. ], "The Lords gift of Canaan to Israel (Deuteronomy 1:8) and his command to them to enter and to possess the land began here and was reiterated and emphasized repeatedly in the speeches of Moses recorded in Deuteronomy. Hey, it's time to go in and begin to possess that which God has promised unto you." Jehovah gave them no such license as the right to slay, burn, or plunder others as they liked. NOTE: This edition of this sermon is taken from an earlier published edition of Spurgeon's 1857 message. Here then they are called to action. . In the very first place is laid down utter destruction of the high places. 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