“And you shall remember that the Lord your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.” —Deuteronomy 8:2 NKJV
Deuteronomy means “repetition of the law.” It is mainly an address by Moses to Israel in which he faithfully reviews their history, bringing everything out in the light of God’s own glory. He shows in that history not only God’s approval of their acts of obedience and His disapproval of faithlessness and disobedience, but also the marvelous grace, patience and wisdom of God in the ways of His government. Thus they are to remember both that God has led them and the way in which He has led them. Far from exalting them in the world, He has humbled His people and put them to the test as to whether they would be obedient or not. He allowed them to hunger and then fed them with manna that they might realize their dependence on Him and on the truth and sufficiency of His Word.
The book confirms and emphasizes the responsibility of Israel to diligently do the will of God in view of giving account to Him. In this way it reminds us of the judgment seat of Christ. Being a book of great detail Deuteronomy reminds us that the details of our lives are far more important than we might like to think, for these will receive close attention when we stand before the Lord in that day.
By Leslie M. Grant
With permission to publish by: Sam Hadley, Grace & Truth, 210 Chestnut St., Danville, IL., USA. Website: www.gtpress.org