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Deuteronomy 29


Deuteronomy 29 features the renewal of the covenant between God and the Israelites at Moab, serving as a critical juncture in their covenant journey. This chapter emphasizes the importance of obedience to God and the severe consequences of turning away from Him. Key points include:
Moses Reviews Past Experiences: Moses begins by reminding the Israelites of the wonders and miracles they witnessed in Egypt and their journey through the wilderness, emphasizing that despite these experiences, God has not given them a mind that understands, eyes that see, or ears that hear.
The Covenant in Moab: Moses declares that God is establishing a covenant with them in Moab, in addition to the covenant made at Horeb (Mount Sinai). This renewal reaffirms their commitment as God’s chosen people.
The Terms of the Covenant: The covenant includes not only those present that day but also those who are not there. Moses emphasizes that everyone is accountable to the covenant, from the highest leaders to the lowest servants.
Warning Against Idolatry: There is a stern warning against turning to idolatry, as it would lead to disaster. Moses speaks of the land becoming a burning waste of salt and sulfur if they abandon the covenant.
Consequences for Disobedience: The chapter warns that future generations and foreign nations will see the devastation brought on by forsaking the covenant, and they will question the reasons for such wrath. The answer will be Israel’s abandonment of the covenant made with God.
Secret Things Belong to God: The chapter concludes with a statement that the secret things belong to the LORD, but the revealed things belong to the Israelites and their children forever, so they may follow the words of the law.
Deuteronomy 29 serves as a solemn reminder of the covenant’s blessings and curses. It functions as a call to obedience and a warning against the temptation of idolatry, reinforcing the Israelites' relationship with God and their responsibilities under the covenant. The renewal ceremony at Moab marks a significant reaffirmation of their commitment to follow God’s laws as they prepare to enter the Promised Land.

Deuteronomy 29

1  These are the words of the covenant, which the LORD commanded Moses to make with the children of Israel in the land of Moab, beside the covenant which he made with them in Horeb.

2  And Moses called unto all Israel, and said unto them, Ye have seen all that the LORD did before your eyes in the land of Egypt unto Pharaoh, and unto all his servants, and unto all his land;

3  The great temptations which thine eyes have seen, the signs, and those great miracles:

4  Yet the LORD hath not given you an heart to perceive, and eyes to see, and ears to hear, unto this day.

5  And I have led you forty years in the wilderness: your clothes are not waxen old upon you, and thy shoe is not waxen old upon thy foot.

6  Ye have not eaten bread, neither have ye drunk wine or strong drink: that ye might know that I am the LORD your God.

7  And when ye came unto this place, Sihon the king of Heshbon, and Og the king of Bashan, came out against us unto battle, and we smote them:

8  And we took their land, and gave it for an inheritance unto the Reubenites, and to the Gadites, and to the half tribe of Manasseh.

9  Keep therefore the words of this covenant, and do them, that ye may prosper in all that ye do.

10  Ye stand this day all of you before the LORD your God; your captains of your tribes, your elders, and your officers, with all the men of Israel,

11  Your little ones, your wives, and thy stranger that is in thy camp, from the hewer of thy wood unto the drawer of thy water:

12  That thou shouldest enter into covenant with the LORD thy God, and into his oath, which the LORD thy God maketh with thee this day:

13  That he may establish thee to day for a people unto himself, and that he may be unto thee a God, as he hath said unto thee, and as he hath sworn unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.

14  Neither with you only do I make this covenant and this oath;

15  But with him that standeth here with us this day before the LORD our God, and also with him that is not here with us this day:

16  (For ye know how we have dwelt in the land of Egypt; and how we came through the nations which ye passed by;

17  And ye have seen their abominations, and their idols, wood and stone, silver and gold, which were among them:)

18  Lest there should be among you man, or woman, or family, or tribe, whose heart turneth away this day from the LORD our God, to go and serve the gods of these nations; lest there should be among you a root that beareth gall and wormwood;

19  And it come to pass, when he heareth the words of this curse, that he bless himself in his heart, saying, I shall have peace, though I walk in the imagination of mine heart, to add drunkenness to thirst:

20  The LORD will not spare him, but then the anger of the LORD and his jealousy shall smoke against that man, and all the curses that are written in this book shall lie upon him, and the LORD shall blot out his name from under heaven.

21  And the LORD shall separate him unto evil out of all the tribes of Israel, according to all the curses of the covenant that are written in this book of the law:

22  So that the generation to come of your children that shall rise up after you, and the stranger that shall come from a far land, shall say, when they see the plagues of that land, and the sicknesses which the LORD hath laid upon it;

23  And that the whole land thereof is brimstone, and salt, and burning, that it is not sown, nor beareth, nor any grass groweth therein, like the overthrow of Sodom, and Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboim, which the LORD overthrew in his anger, and in his wrath:

24  Even all nations shall say, Wherefore hath the LORD done thus unto this land? what meaneth the heat of this great anger?

25  Then men shall say, Because they have forsaken the covenant of the LORD God of their fathers, which he made with them when he brought them forth out of the land of Egypt:

26  For they went and served other gods, and worshipped them, gods whom they knew not, and whom he had not given unto them:

27  And the anger of the LORD was kindled against this land, to bring upon it all the curses that are written in this book:

28  And the LORD rooted them out of their land in anger, and in wrath, and in great indignation, and cast them into another land, as it is this day.

29  The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.

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1 Year Plan:  Mar 27 - Deut 29, Deut 30,  Luk 17

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