1 These are the words which Moses spoke to all Israel on this side of the Jordan in the wilderness, in the plain opposite Suph, between Paran, Tophel, Laban, Hazeroth, and Dizahab.
This is the fifth and final book of what is called the Torah, or the Pentateuch, or the Law of Moses. The word Deuteronomy literally means ‘second law,’ although, Deuteronomy is not a ‘second Law,’ but merely a repetition and expansion of the laws contained in the first books of the Pentateuch.
It is eleven days’ journey from Horeb by way of Mount Seir to Kadesh Barnea.
Although it was only an eleven day journey to the land God had promised, it took them forty years. Why? Because of their disobedience. What a reminder to us as to how easy it is to hinder God’s timing in our lives through disobedience. We must pray that we would seek to do things according to His will and as a result, His timing.
See, I have set the land before you; go in and possess the land which the Lord swore to your fathers—to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob—to give to them and their descendants after them. ’
There are things that the Lord had set before us. All we need to do is seek to know what those things are, and then go after them, with the faith that He has already paved the way for us to achieve such things.
“For the Lord your God has blessed you in all the work of your hand. He knows your trudging through this great wilderness. These forty years the Lord your God has been with you; you have lacked nothing.” ’
I love thinking about how incredibly loving and caring the Lord is to provide for me. Even before I came to Him, in my rebellion, He loved me and provided for me. This is the heart of the God we serve. Though we don’t deserve such love and care, He gives it to us anyway in the hopes that we might call upon Him and serve Him with all of our hearts.
This day I will begin to put the dread and fear of you upon the nations under the whole heaven, who shall hear the report of you, and shall tremble and be in anguish because of you. ’
As I think upon this verse, I think about people’s hatred towards God and His followers. This should be no surprise to us. Jesus said, “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you” (John 15:18).
“And I commanded Joshua at that time, saying, ‘Your eyes have seen all that the Lord your God has done to these two kings; so will the Lord do to all the kingdoms through which you pass. 22 You must not fear them, for the Lord your God Himself fights for you. ’
One of the great and natural tendencies of living in this world is the feeling that we need to defend ourselves. How often do we see or hear the advertisement of an attorney who is eager to engage someone in battle, on our behalf. The Lord wants to defend us. And the fact of the matter is, that no one, absolutely no one, can do it better than He can!