Deuteronomy: Is It A Neglected Book?

I am reading through the book of Deuteronomy and notice that in my notes it is a book that I tend to skip over (I keep a record of how many times I have read each chapter in my Bible). Apparently it is one of those books that I neglect more than I should.

However, I am actually a little surprised by this revelation. When I flip through my Bible I have lots of verses in Deuteronomy underlined. I also have notes in the margin of what God has taught me while reading through the book. If I didn’t know how many times I had read the book in comparison to the rest of my Bible, I would have said that it looks as equally used as any other book.

The book of Deuteronomy is filled with great verses that you probably know if you have been in church any length of time. It is not an obscure book. It is quoted from many times in the New Testament.

Following are a few verses from a 5 chapter span of the book that you probably already know or are familiar with.

Deuteronomy 6:5 “And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.”

Deuteronomy 8:3b “…that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live.”

Deuteronomy 10:12, 13 “And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul, To keep the commandments of the LORD, and his statutes, which I command thee this day for thy good?”

Deuteronomy 11:18-20 “Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes. And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt write them upon the door posts of thine house, and upon thy gates:”

Deuteronomy 11:26-28 “Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse; A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you this day: And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the LORD your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known.”

The book is made up of four sermons preached by Moses to the people of Israel before they finally entered into the Promised Land. These are the sons and daughters of the men and women who came out of Egypt. Much of the book is a re-telling of the history of Israel so that the current generation would know how God had led them in the past. Chapter 5 is a complete restatement of the the Ten Commandments.

What about your copy of Deuteronomy? Has it been neglected for too long? Take some time to read the Word of God as told through the mouth of Moses in the book of Deuteronomy.

Bible Study: Deuteronomy – Summary of the Book

Summary of the Book of Deuteronomy

Deuteronomy is a book containing four sermons that Moses gave to the people before entering the Promised Land. The events of the book took place over very few days prior to his death and the entering in to the land of Canaan.

The teachings of Moses in Deuteronomy are important enough to be quoted 90 times in 14 of the 27 books of the New Testament. When tempted by Satan in Luke 4, Jesus Christ quoted exclusively from the book of Deuteronomy (Deuteronomy 8:3; 6:13, 16).

The English title Deuteronomy comes from the Septuagint Greek version of the Old Testament. The word means “second law.” This is not a new law, rather a second telling, or re-telling of the law which was given in Mt. Sinai. The people living during the sermons in Deuteronomy were a new generation of Israelites who were not present when the Law was initially given to Moses 40 years before.

Author

Besides the fact that the book consists of the sermons of Moses, there are Old and New Testament references to Moses as the author. 2 Chronicles 25:4 refers to Moses as the author of the law written in Deuteronomy 24:16. Jesus quoted the book of Deuteronomy and attributed the writings to Moses (Matthew 19:7-9 compared to Deuteronomy 24:1-4; John 5:45-47 compared to Deuteronomy 18:15). Paul attributed the writing of the book to Moses in Romans 10:19 (compare with Deuteronomy 32:21).

While there are obvious proofs that Moses wrote the book, someone else had to have written the final chapter which contains the death of Moses. Most Bible scholars hold to Joshua and Ezra as the probable authors of that chapter. There are, however, biblical critics who claim (like Numbers) that the entire book was written several hundred years after Moses. Continue reading Bible Study: Deuteronomy – Summary of the Book