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Deuteronomy - Chapter 01

Bible Study Notes
Deuteronomy 1:18-40 years later, after the disobedient generation died in the wilderness, Moses revisits the Law to the children who will now enter the Promised land. Moses teaches the history of the children of Israel. They defeated the king of the Amorites and Bashan. At Horeb, God told them to move toward the land of Canaan and take it that He swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them and their offspring after them. Moses told them that men were chosen from each tribe to lead them. Moses also appointed judges that would hear the people’s cases against one another where they were to judge righteously. Any case that was to hard was to be brought before Moses.

Notes: the eleventh month. January/February, 1405 b.c.

Deuteronomy is Moses’ final speech before his death.

Deuteronomy 1:19-46 Moses taught they parents left Horeb and entered the land of the Amorites and were told to take it. Moses explained how he sent 12 men, one from each tribe to spy the land. The spies reported that the land was good, but only 2 of the men were encouraged to go forward into the land. The people were afraid and listened to the 10 spies warning not to enter the land for the inhabitants were huge. Moses tried to persuade them to enter for God would be with them, but they would not heed Moses. God therefore punished them by not allowing them to enter the promised land. They would wander the Wilderness for forty years and their children (whom Moses was addressing) would enter the land. After hearing God’s judgement, they changed their mind and decided to attack the Amorites and obey God. Moses warned them it was too late and not to go for God would not be with them. And it was so. They attacked the Amorites, but the Amorites defeated them.

Notes: you did not believe the Lord your God. The failure of the people to take the land at the beginning of their time in the wilderness was explained here in the same way as in Num. 14:11. Israel did not take the Lord at his word and, therefore, did not obey his command. The Israelites’ lack of obedience is explained as the outcome of their lack of faith in the Lord.

Caleb . . . Joshua. They (2 of the 12 spies) were excluded from this judgment because of exemplary faith and obedience.

Moses, like Israel, failed to honor the word of the Lord and thus, in rebellion for self glory, disobeyed God’s clear command and struck the rock rather than speaking to it. Thus, he suffered the same result of God’s anger and, like Israel, was not allowed to go into the land.


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