Deuteronomy 11 is a chapter where Moses continues to exhort the Israelites to love and obey God, emphasizing the blessings that come with obedience and the consequences of rebellion. This chapter is a powerful reminder of the covenant relationship between Israel and God. Key aspects include:
Call to Love and Remember God’s Works: Moses urges the Israelites to love and remain loyal to God, remembering the great deeds He performed in Egypt and in the wilderness, and the judgments He meted out to those who disobeyed.
Blessings for Obedience: Moses explains that if they obey God’s commandments, they will receive blessings of rain for their crops, leading to abundant harvests. This agricultural prosperity is tied directly to their obedience.
The Choice Between Blessing and Curse: Moses sets before the Israelites a clear choice: a blessing if they obey the commandments of the LORD, and a curse if they disobey and turn to other gods.
Teaching the Commandments to Children: The chapter emphasizes the importance of teaching God’s laws to their children, discussing them in various settings and times, ensuring that the commandments are an integral part of daily life.
The Uniqueness of the Promised Land: Moses contrasts the land of Egypt with the Promised Land, highlighting that Canaan requires their care and attention, dependent on God’s provision of rain, unlike the irrigation-based agriculture of Egypt.
The Call to Choose Life and Prosperity: Moses encourages the Israelites to commit wholeheartedly to God’s commandments, as their decision will affect their prosperity in the land and ensure a lasting inheritance for their descendants.
Setting the Choice Before Them: The chapter concludes with Moses reiterating the importance of their choice to obey God’s commandments, which will lead to a life of blessing in the land they are about to enter and possess.
Deuteronomy 11 is a pivotal chapter that underscores the conditional nature of Israel’s relationship with God. It highlights the importance of obedience, remembrance, and teaching future generations, linking their well-being in the Promised Land to their faithfulness to God’s covenant. Moses’ message is clear: love and obedience to God are the keys to lasting prosperity and blessing.

Deuteronomy 11

1  Therefore thou shalt love the LORD thy God, and keep his charge, and his statutes, and his judgments, and his commandments, alway.

2  And know ye this day: for I speak not with your children which have not known, and which have not seen the chastisement of the LORD your God, his greatness, his mighty hand, and his stretched out arm,

3  And his miracles, and his acts, which he did in the midst of Egypt unto Pharaoh the king of Egypt, and unto all his land;

4  And what he did unto the army of Egypt, unto their horses, and to their chariots; how he made the water of the Red sea to overflow them as they pursued after you, and how the LORD hath destroyed them unto this day;

5  And what he did unto you in the wilderness, until ye came into this place;

6  And what he did unto Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, the son of Reuben: how the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their households, and their tents, and all the substance that was in their possession, in the midst of all Israel:

7  But your eyes have seen all the great acts of the LORD which he did.

8  Therefore shall ye keep all the commandments which I command you this day, that ye may be strong, and go in and possess the land, whither ye go to possess it;

9  And that ye may prolong your days in the land, which the LORD sware unto your fathers to give unto them and to their seed, a land that floweth with milk and honey.

10  For the land, whither thou goest in to possess it, is not as the land of Egypt, from whence ye came out, where thou sowedst thy seed, and wateredst it with thy foot, as a garden of herbs:

11  But the land, whither ye go to possess it, is a land of hills and valleys, and drinketh water of the rain of heaven:

12  A land which the LORD thy God careth for: the eyes of the LORD thy God are always upon it, from the beginning of the year even unto the end of the year.

13  And it shall come to pass, if ye shall hearken diligently unto my commandments which I command you this day, to love the LORD your God, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul,

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14  That I will give you the rain of your land in his due season, the first rain and the latter rain, that thou mayest gather in thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil.
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15  And I will send grass in thy fields for thy cattle, that thou mayest eat and be full.

16  Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and ye turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them;

17  And then the LORD'S wrath be kindled against you, and he shut up the heaven, that there be no rain, and that the land yield not her fruit; and lest ye perish quickly from off the good land which the LORD giveth you.

18  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.

19  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.

20  And thou shalt write them upon the door posts of thine house, and upon thy gates:

21  That your days may be multiplied, and the days of your children, in the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers to give them, as the days of heaven upon the earth.

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22  For if ye shall diligently keep all these commandments which I command you, to do them, to love the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, and to cleave unto him;

23  Then will the LORD drive out all these nations from before you, and ye shall possess greater nations and mightier than yourselves.

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24  Every place whereon the soles of your feet shall tread shall be yours: from the wilderness and Lebanon, from the river, the river Euphrates, even unto the uttermost sea shall your coast be.

25  There shall no man be able to stand before you: for the LORD your God shall lay the fear of you and the dread of you upon all the land that ye shall tread upon, as he hath said unto you.

26  Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse;

27  A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you this day:

28  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.

29  And it shall come to pass, when the LORD thy God hath brought thee in unto the land whither thou goest to possess it, that thou shalt put the blessing upon mount Gerizim, and the curse upon mount Ebal.

30  Are they not on the other side Jordan, by the way where the sun goeth down, in the land of the Canaanites, which dwell in the champaign over against Gilgal, beside the plains of Moreh?

31  For ye shall pass over Jordan to go in to possess the land which the LORD your God giveth you, and ye shall possess it, and dwell therein.

32  And ye shall observe to do all the statutes and judgments which I set before you this day.

End of Deuteronomy 11

1 Year Plan:  Mar 18 - Deut 10, Deut 11,  Luk 11

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