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Deuteronomy - Introduction

Read first chapter of Deuteronomy

DEUTERONOMY consists of the parting counsels of Moses delivered to Israel in view of the impending entrance upon their covenanted possession. It contains a summary of the wilderness wanderings of Israel, which is important as unfolding the moral judgement of God upon those events; repeats the Decalogue to a generation which had grown up in the wilderness; gives needed instruction as the conduct of Israel in the land, and contains the Palestinian Covenant ( Deuteronomy 30:1-9 ). The book breathes the sternness of the Law. Key- words, "Thou shalt"; key-verses, Deuteronomy 11:26-28 .

It is important to note that, while the land of promise was unconditionally given Abraham and to his seed in the Abrahamic Covenant ( Genesis 13:15 ; 15:7 ), it was under the conditional Palestinian Covenant ( Deuteronomy 28:1-30:9 ) that Israel entered the land under Joshua. Utterly violating the conditions of that covenant, the nation was first disrupted (1 Kings 12) and then cast out of the land ( 2 Kings 17:1-18 ; 24:1-25:11 ). But the same covenant unconditionally promises a national restoration of Israel which is yet to be fulfilled (See Scofield " :") .

DEUTERONOMY is in seven divisions:

The time covered by this retrospect is approximately forty years.

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