Deuteronomy is Moses' final message to Israel. In our text today, Moses outlines how Israel shall receive a king and what that king will be like. Additionally, Moses encourages Israel with the news that God is going to continue to speak to Israel after he is gone. God will raise up prophets to communicate his divine revelation to the nation. Both God's instruction about a future king and a future prophet like Moses find their fulfillment in Jesus the Christ.
In God’s divine providence, our study of DT leads us to study the topic of justice. Right now, our nation is experiencing a great deal of anger and outrage as a result of injustice. Justice has been denied and it’s created a national crisis. In DT 16:18-17:13, God proclaims through Moses laws concerning the leaders of Israel and charges them to be and rule justly because God takes justice seriously. He is just. It is his character. And his people must not accept perversions of justice. Indeed, God demands that his people do justice.
God has chosen Israel to be his treasured possession and with that privilege comes a holy calling- to be a distinct people on the face of the earth for the glory of God. In the next section of Deuteronomy, Moses outlines how Israel will be set apart in the world by God so that the surrounding nations would know they are living according to a higher calling.
Moses exhorts Israel to remain faithful to the Lord after they enter the promise land. Israel's ability to continue to love and obey the Lord will be strengthened if they remember God's salvation, the outcome of those who rebelled against the Lord and if they remember and obey God's Word.
Moses goes to great lengths to reveal to the Israelite's how dependent and incapable they truly are. He wants them to see the greatness of God, but he knows of their temptation toward pride and self-dependence. He knows that these wrong attitudes will take the glory that God deserves. So, Moses contrasts one of the Israelite's most humiliating moments with God’s grace towards them with hope that they will be moved to be humble.
As we read Deuteronomy we are reminded of just how devoted God is to his people. And it is because of his love and devotion to them that He disciplines them. As the Lord led Israel through the wilderness He was testing them and teaching them in order that He might prepare them to live faithfully in the promise land.
God commands Israel to go to war with the 7 nations who are occupying the Promise Land. These people are seen as trespassers in the eyes of the Lord for He had promised to give this land to Israel. These enemies Israel would face were more numerous and powerful than Israel. But that was not to be a cause for concern or worry. God would honor his covenant promises and give his people strength for victory to take possession of the promise land.
This week we study the heart of the covenant, the greatest commandment in all the Bible. In Deuteronomy chapter 6, Moses instructs Israel in what it means to love God and be devoted to him alone. And he commands that they be diligent to teach the generations after them the character, redemption and commandments of the Lord.
As Moses continues preaching to Israel, he recounts to them the covenant God made with them at Sinai. Central to this covenant are the 10 commandments. The glory and goodness of these laws known as the 10 commandments are timeless and universally applicable for every time period and every culture. And as we will see, it was a gracious act of God to give Israel the 10 commandments and it is a gracious gift to us as well.
To be human is to be a worshipper. You were created and designed as a worshipper. As a worshipper, you will either worship the one true and living God or you will worship something else. When we worship God we show him to be as He is, supremely valuable. And when we worship anything other than the Lord, it is idolatry. Last week, we read as Moses exhorted the Israelites to fear the Lord only. Moses continues a similar message in our text this morning and says the Lord alone is worthy of our worship.