Sunday, November 6, 2011

The Foundation of a Nation, Part I

Deuteronomy 6:1-9
The book of Deuteronomy contains the fascinating account of Moses’ last words to the Nation of Israel.  As he seeks to hand over leadership to the next generation, he words are marked with a great sense of urgency and passion.  Moses knows what hangs in the balance.  The church in every age will benefit from knowing the lessons of this mighty Old Testament narrative.  
  1. I. Historical Setting
  • God’s Promise to Abraham
  • Time of captivity in Egypt
  • The escape, Exodus!
  • Rebellion at Paran
  • Forty years of wandering
  • Arrival at Moab, Moses’ addresses the people, Deuteronomy is written
  1. II Facts About Deuteronomy
  • Deuteronomy means “second law
  • Almost universally attributed to Moses
  • Written for the laity (regular people)
  • Deuteronomy was often quoted by Jesus
  1. III. The Message of Deuteronomy
Deuteronomy 10:12-13
Deuteronomy is a plea for our obedience to God based on the motives of love and fear.
We must recognize this:
These are the words of a man trying desperately to secure the foundation of a people, a religion, and a nation
Deuteronomy 6:1-3
Three promises:
  1. “your days may be prolonged…” v. 2
  2. “it may be well with you…” v.3
  3. “that you may multiply greatly…”
Deuteronomy 6:4-6
  • The great declaration – “The Lord is One!” v. 4
  • The great command – Love God, love people. v. 5
  • The greatest practice – “…these words…shall be on your heart.” v. 6
Deuteronomy 6:7-9
Two important premises:
  1. His audience would know what to teach their children.
  2. They would talk to their kids about spiritual things.

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