A collection of the final words of Moses as Israel prepares to enter the promised land.

Mount Nebo

Moses looked into the promised land
from Mount Nebo
(Deut 34:1)

Deuteronomy is set at the end of Israel's wandering through the desert.  As the Israelites encamp east of the Jordan River, Moses gives them instructions concerning life in the land that they are about to enter.

Deut 1-4 recalls the wilderness period.  Moses remembers how the generation that came out of Egypt died in the wilderness because of their disobedience, but how God faithfully brought the new generation to the edge of Canaan, the promised land.

Deut 5-28 recalls the Law.  Moses repeats the Ten Commandments that had been given at Mount Sinai, emphasizing that God chose Israel because he loved them and that they are to love God with all their heart, soul, and might. Moses stresses the importance of worshiping God alone and the need for a single center for worship.  The name "deuteronomy" means "second law" and reflects this repetition of the Law.  A ritual for reaffirming the convenant concludes this section.

Deut 29-34 prepares for entry into the land.  Joshua is commissioned to lead the people and Moses teaches them a song to remind them of God's faithfulness and the dangers of disobedience. Then Moses blesses the tribes and looks into the promised land from Mount Nebo. He dies and is buried in an unknown location.

Deut 5:1-21 - Ten commandments
Deut 6:1-9 - One God only, love him with heart, soul, and might
Deut 34 - Moses' death



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