Deuteronomy

October, November, December 2021

Want to learn more about Deuteronomy? Use these Bible Studies for personal devotion, group Bible studies, or teaching a church class. Below are links to the lessons in this 13-part series.

Lesson 1: Preamble to Deuteronomy (Deuteronomy 1, Numbers 14, 1 John 4, Genesis 2,3,6,9, 11 & 12)
We start a new series of studies on the Old Testament book of Deuteronomy. Deuteronomy is the last of the five books (the Pentateuch) written by Moses. In Hebrew the name means “Words,” and Moses wrote it as his last words before God’s people entered into the promised land of Canaan without him. In Greek the name means “Second Law” or “copy of this law.” Moses knew that he would not be realizing the goal of his life. Someone else would lead God’s people into Canaan. Moses dealt with this rebellious people for a very long time. Deuteronomy is his last effort to remind the people to be loyal to God. Let’s dive into this book to see what we can learn as we potentially stand at the edge of entering into our promised land - Heaven!

Lesson 2: Moses’ History Lesson (Deuteronomy 1-3)
Are you a student of history? If the answer is, “no,” you need to start studying! We have a new pastor at my church and he was born in Cuba. His father was also a pastor and he was tortured by the government of Cuba for doing God’s will and sharing the gospel with others. Our new pastor knows this history very well. When he sees threats to our freedom from people who think like the leaders in Cuba, he gets very worried. Part of the history that we need to know is the history of God’s people. Moses believed that history was vital and he begins with it this week. Let’s dive into our study of Biblical history!

Lesson 3: The Everlasting Covenant (Deuteronomy 4-5 & 26)
As a short review, recall that we learned in the first two lessons that Moses was making his farewell address to a people who had a history of not trusting God. How could that be fixed? What could Moses say to help God’s people trust Him more? In light of that goal, let’s continue our journey through the book of Deuteronomy!

Lesson 4: To Love the Lord Your God (Deuteronomy 6, Ephesians 2)
Do you easily fall in love with another person? How would you react to a command to love someone? Love is a complicated thing that generally requires time on task! The title of our lesson this week comes from Deuteronomy 6:5 that instructs us to love God with “all your heart and with all your soul and all your might.” You might reasonably ask, “How can we possibly do that?” Let’s dive into our study of the Bible and see how that is possible.

Lesson 5: The Stranger in Your Gates (Deuteronomy 10, Mark 12, Deuteronomy 24)
“NIMBY” is an acronym that casts light on insufficient thinking, hypocrisy, and in some cases our failure to treat others in a way consistent with the teachings of the Bible. So what is NIMBY? It stands for “Not in my backyard.” A NIMBY would say “I fully support low-cost housing for the poor, I fully support generating electricity from windmills, but I completely oppose the low-cost housing and the windmills being located in my neighborhood! Let’s dive into our Bibles and see what it teaches us about the weakest members of society, and then let’s test our hearts and our minds with a logical application of that teaching!

Lesson 6: For What Nation Is There So Great? (Deuteronomy 4, Numbers 22-25, Matthew 15)
Are there hard lessons in the Bible? Are we sometimes challenged to see Jesus in the “God of the Old Testament?” The answer is “yes.” We have a hard lesson this week. But, instead of averting our eyes, we need to study the hard lessons to find what God has to teach us. Let’s jump into our study of Deuteronomy 4 and learn more!

Lesson 7: Law and Grace (Deuteronomy 9, Ezekiel 28, Romans 5, Galatians 2)
As Christians, do you tend to think of others as being worse than you? You will often read in these lessons that the purpose of the Ten Commandments is not to save you from eternal death, but to make your life better here on earth. (Plus it gives glory to God.) The logical application of this teaching is that we should be making a fairly successful effort to the obey the Ten Commandments. Is there a group of generally obedient people on earth? Of course, it is hard to be honest about our own obedience. Let’s jump into our study of the Bible and see what it teaches that will help us to see ourselves in a clearer light.

Lesson 8: Choose Life (Deuteronomy 30, Romans 6, James 1, Genesis 2 & 3)
George Barna recently released a survey of the Millennial generation. These are people in their twenties and thirties. The results are very discouraging. Only 35% claim to believe in the God of the Bible. Forty-one percent don’t know if God exists, don’t care whether He exists, or don’t believe that He exists. Seventy-four percent believe that all religions are of equal value. Of those 18-24 years of age, only 2% believe in a Biblical world view! Interestingly, only 5% said their life was great and they did not need to change. If you asked them to “choose life” would you be talking about the same thing? Probably not. A major problem is that these young people seem to be uneducated regarding the Bible (and perhaps many other things.) Let’s see if the Bible contains any help with educating people on the issue of “choosing life?”

Lesson 9: Turn Their Hearts (Deuteronomy 4, Matthew 3 & 4, Acts 2 & 17, Romans 1)
What does it mean to “repent?” This is a matter to which I’ve given a fair amount of thought, but cannot recall specifically writing about it. If we are required to “repent” of specific sins, isn’t that just another argument for salvation by works? If you fail to repent, or if you miss something to which you should repent, or if you are not serious enough in your repentance, then you are lost. If I don’t do something correctly, I’m lost! Let’s turn to the Bible and see what it teaches us about repentance!

Lesson 10: Remember, Do Not Forget (Genesis 9, Deuteronomy 8, 15, & 24)
Are you getting old? I am. When you get old you worry about not remembering because forgetting might be a sign of a serious problem. For me, I take comfort in the fact that remembering has always been an issue. When I was a teenager, I recall driving from my home towards the university and I could not recall my destination or why I was making the trip. These days that never happens to me, but remembering has become a political issue in my country. Some young people want to destroy monuments that bring to mind things of the past. Their opponents believe that recalling the past helps us to avoid making the mistakes of the past. What does God tell us about the importance of remembering certain things? Let’s plunge into our study of the Bible and see what it says!

Lesson 11: Deuteronomy in the Later Writings (2 Kings 22, Micah 6)
Do you like to be quoted? I’m assuming this in a positive way, as opposed to being reported for something you should not have said! Generally, when you are quoted it shows that what you said was important. It could be used to benefit the lives of others. Many professionals write articles for professional or public interest journals. If your article gets quoted by some other source, that shows the value of your original article. Did you know that the Old Testament does the same thing? Later writers sometimes quote from earlier writers of the Bible. This week we turn our attention to statements made in Deuteronomy that are quoted elsewhere in the Old Testament. If something in Deuteronomy is worthy of a second appearance in the Bible, it must be important! Let’s plunge into our study of the Bible to explore some of these quotations from Deuteronomy!

Lesson 12: Deuteronomy in the New Testament (Matthew 4, Deuteronomy 6, 8 & 32, Galatians 3, Hebrews 10)
Last week we studied being quoted! Specifically, where Deuteronomy has been quoted in other places in the Old Testament. We decided that those quotations showed the importance of Deuteronomy. This week we continue with the same quotation theme, except this time we are looking at how Deuteronomy is quoted in the New Testament. Let’s jump into our study of the Bible and learn more!

Lesson 13: The Resurrection of Moses (Exodus 2 & 17, Numbers 20, Deuteronomy 34, Jude 1)
Are you the kind of person who has dreams and goals for your future? Did you have them when you were young, but not anymore? If you had them when you were young, and it did not work out, how did you feel? Imagine that God comes to you with a grand goal, and you agree to help. In fact, you believe that you were born to accomplish this goal. Unfortunately, you make a couple of mistakes and your dream is now in jeopardy. One mistake was when you were fairly young, and another is now when your goal is almost within your grasp. If you have faced the disappointment of dashed dreams, this lesson is for you. Let’s jump into our last study in Deuteronomy and explore how a loving God treats those who make mistakes!

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