Evening Bible Study
Deuteronomy means “second law”.
It is Moses’ final address to the people. It covers the last 1 ½ months of
Moses’ life. He’s 120 years old.
the work of God in Israel’s past history, and giving them a review of God’s law
before they cross into the Promised Land.
:1 “When the LORD your God brings you into the land which you go to
possess, and has cast out many nations before you, the Hittites and the
Girgashites and the Amorites and the Canaanites and the Perizzites and the
Hivites and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and mightier than you,
:1 Hittites …
Girgashites … Amorites …
All but the Perizzites are descendants of Noah’s grandson Canaan. (Gen. 10)
See “Table of
:2 and when the
LORD your God delivers them over to you, you shall conquer them and utterly
destroy them. You shall make no covenant with them nor show mercy to them.
:2 utterly destroy
This sounds incredibly cruel, until you begin to understand who these
people were. God was going to use the Israelites as a form of judgment on these
people for their cruel practices.
Studies of their religion, literature,
and archeological remains reveal that they were the most morally depraved
culture on the earth at that time. (BKC)
:3 Nor shall
you make marriages with them. You shall not give your daughter to their son,
nor take their daughter for your son.
:4 For they will turn your sons away from following Me, to serve other
gods; so the anger of the LORD will be aroused against you and destroy you
:5 But thus you shall deal with them: you shall destroy their altars, and
break down their sacred pillars, and cut down their wooden images, and burn
their carved images with fire.
:6 “For you are a holy people to the LORD your God; the LORD your God has
chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples
on the face of the earth.
:6 a holy people
They are a people set apart to serve God.
Kind of like us.
Paul wrote to the Corinthians:
(2 Co 6:14–15 NKJV) —14 Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For
what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has
light with darkness? 15 And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part
has a believer with an unbeliever?
A yoke was a
block of wood that held two animals together so they could pull something
together, like a plow. Typically a yoke contained two animals. A smart farmer
would put two compatible animals under the same yoke. But if a stupid farmer put an ox
on one side, and a donkey on the other, the results are simple, you’d go in
To be unequally yoked with an unbeliever is to enter into some kind of
binding relationship with the other person, whether in a business partnership
or even in a marriage.
As a believer, you have an entire part of you, your spirit, that is
completely opposite that of an unbeliever. You may have lots of other things in
common, but the very foundation of your lives are completely opposite. They are
under the reign of Satan, you are under the reign of God.
This is something that became a constant source of problems for the nation
of Israel. Whenever they began to allow intermarriage with people other than
Jews, there were problems.
The issue was not one of race, the issue was one of belief systems.
What does this mean for me?
If you are a single person, you need to ask yourself, do you want to follow
the Lord your entire life?
If so, then you are going to need to marry a Christian. Don’t get your
sights on a person who is not a Christian thinking that you are going to
“convert” them. It rarely works that way. Usually the non-Christian will just
drag the Christian down.
If you are going to marry a Christian, you probably don’t want to find that
person in a “singles bar”. On the off chance you find a Christian in a bar, is
this the person you want to marry?
:7 The LORD did
not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any
other people, for you were the least of all peoples;
:8 but because the LORD loves you, and because He would keep the oath which
He swore to your fathers, the LORD has brought you out with a mighty hand, and
redeemed you from the house of bondage, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.
:9 “Therefore know that the LORD your God, He is God, the faithful God who
keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and
keep His commandments;
:10 and He repays those who hate Him to their face, to destroy them. He
will not be slack with him who hates Him; He will repay him to his face.
We will see how God will “repay” with how God will use the Israelites to
bring judgment on the Canaanites.
:11 Therefore you shall keep the commandment, the statutes, and the
judgments which I command you today, to observe them.
:12 “Then it shall come to pass, because you listen to these judgments, and
keep and do them, that the LORD your God will keep with you the covenant and
the mercy which He swore to your fathers.
:13 And He will love you and bless you and multiply you; He will also bless
the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your land, your grain and your new wine
and your oil, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flock, in
the land of which He swore to your fathers to give you.
:14 You shall be blessed above all peoples; there shall not be a male or
female barren among you or among your livestock.
:15 And the LORD will take away from you all sickness, and will afflict you
with none of the terrible diseases of Egypt which you have known, but will lay
them on all those who hate you.
:15 the terrible
diseases of Egypt –
Moses is reminding the people of the plagues that God brought on the
Egyptians as Moses was in the process of persuading Pharaoh to let his people
It’s healthy to follow the Lord.
Much of the Law is simply practical. It’s healthier to follow God’s ways.
It’s interesting to note how many of the Jewish laws have ended up being
God had taught them to be clean, not unclean.
God had taught them to quarantine those who were diseased.
God had taught them to wash.
God had taught them not to eat fat.
God had taught them to take a day off and rest.
God had taught them not to eat yucky things like vultures or bats.
Are God’s laws all that bad? No, they’re quite healthy for
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:16 Also you shall
destroy all the peoples whom the LORD your God delivers over to you; your eye
shall have no pity on them; nor shall you serve their gods, for that will be a
snare to you.
:17 “If you should say in your heart, ‘These nations are greater than I;
how can I dispossess them?’—
:18 you shall not be afraid of them, but you shall remember well what the
LORD your God did to Pharaoh and to all Egypt:
:19 the great trials which your eyes saw, the signs and the wonders, the
mighty hand and the outstretched arm, by which the LORD your God brought you
out. So shall the LORD your God do to all the peoples of whom you are afraid.
Think about the amazing things that these people have seen!
:20 Moreover the LORD your God will send the hornet among them until those
who are left, who hide themselves from you, are destroyed.
:20 the hornet
Sounds like God would be sending in an advance team to strike the enemy
Could refer to a lot of things, the old AMC Hornet (a car), the F-18 Hornet (fighter jet), the Green Hornet (moving
coming to a theater near you), but perhaps the bug variety (the Japanese hornet is quite LARGE,
it’s sting can kill a person). Some suggest the Egyptian
army may have played a role with their own conquests into Canaan, softening up
the locals before Israel came in.
:21 You shall
not be terrified of them; for the LORD your God, the great and awesome God, is
:21 you shall not
It’s our fears that keep us from doing some of the things that God wants us
Sometimes our fears are based on the fact that we’ve forgotten just who God
The Israelites were told to remember what God had done for them.
God did crazy, amazing things!!
forget just what it’s like to have God on our side.
David remembered about God when he faced Goliath:
(1 Sa 17:45–46 NKJV) —45 Then David said
to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a
javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord
of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and
I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will give the
carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the wild
beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.
An archaeologist was digging in the Negev Desert in Israel
and came upon a casket containing a mummy. After examining it, he called the curator of a
prestigious natural-history museum. “I’ve just discovered a 3,000 year-old
mummy of a man who died of heart failure!” the excited scientist exclaimed. To
which the curator replied, “Bring him in. We’ll check it out.” A week later,
the amazed curator called the archaeologist. “You were exactly right about the
mummy’s age and cause of death. How in the world did you know?” “Easy. There
was a piece of paper in his hand that said, ‘10,000 Shekels on Goliath.’”
David “beat the odds” because he knew what God could do, and he trusted
that God was with him.
There was a movie made back in 1980 about a kid who got bullied every day
at school, until …
Play clip from
We’ve got someone much bigger as our “bodyguard”.
(Ps 56:3 NKJV) —3 Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You.
:22 And the LORD
your God will drive out those nations before you little by little; you will be
unable to destroy them at once, lest the beasts of the field become too
numerous for you.
:22 little by
For the Israelites, if the enemies were all gone at once, the wild beasts
would have taken over before the Israelites moved in.
Some types of victory don’t happen all at once.
Don’t be discouraged because you might not be completely delivered yet, or
because you seem to have so far to go. Be encouraged that God is taking you
along, helping you to grow.
We don’t become spiritually mature overnight. It’s a constant process.
(Php 1:6 NLT) And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you,
will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ
:23 But the
LORD your God will deliver them over to you, and will inflict defeat upon them
until they are destroyed.
:24 And He will deliver their kings into your hand, and you will destroy
their name from under heaven; no one shall be able to stand against you until
you have destroyed them.
:25 You shall burn the carved images of their gods with fire; you shall not
covet the silver or gold that is on them, nor take it for yourselves, lest you
be snared by it; for it is an abomination to the LORD your God.
:25 covet the
Watch out for the glitter
It seems that the enemy likes to use little things to catch our eye and
draw our attention to the ways of the world.
We could say as the Israelites might have said, “Well, it’s not that I
really like this Moloch or anything, but gosh the idol is covered with gold,
and we could really use the money right now …”
are designed this way, to have something that will gleam and catch the fish’s
attention. The fish gets close enough to
look at what glitters, and it gets caught.
It’s all about the “lure”. What
catches your eye? Is it trouble?
:26 Nor shall
you bring an abomination into your house, lest you be doomed to destruction
like it. You shall utterly detest it and utterly abhor it, for it is an
:1 “Every commandment which I command you today you must be careful to
observe, that you may live and multiply, and go in and possess the land of
which the LORD swore to your fathers.
:2 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.
:2 to humble
you and test you
The forty years of wandering in the wilderness became a test then to see if
these people would finally get serious about God.
about God involves learning humility.
I have known plenty of people who are always waiting for that “big break”
in life, but it never happens because they don’t have their eyes in the right
Rather than getting busy serving God, even when serving means
doing “small” things, they’re always waiting for the big things.
I know, because I’ve been there. When I left the Baptist church to become
involved at Calvary Chapel, I expected the world to jump for me. Instead I was
asked to do humiliating things like teach a Sunday School class. I knew that
Children’s Ministry would lead me nowhere. But I was wrong.
Don’t be afraid of taking the humble road. You’ll find
that that’s the road where God is on.
Jesus taught us
a good lesson about this when He washed the disciples’ feet (John 13). Simple serving cultivates humility.
:3 So He humbled
you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor
did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by
bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the
:3 by every word
I think that sometimes we don’t completely stop to understand what God was
doing here and what He is saying.
This is another of the verses that Jesus quoted when He was being tempted
What us preachers will do with this is to say that you need to be reading
and studying your Bible.
That’s good. I don’t disagree with
that. But pay attention to what is going
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were in the wilderness in Exodus 16, fresh out of Egypt and fresh out of
food. They started by complaining to
Moses about the lack of food. God responded by saying
He would give them manna.
The people were thinking that they needed bread to stay alive.
God was teaching them that they needed Him
to stay alive. They needed the things
that proceeded from God’s mouth, like God’s command for the manna in order to
What is it that you think you “need” in order to “live”?
The thing you think you need may be important, but what’s more vital is
that we learn to come to God with our needs.
We need to learn to look to Him and what He provides as being the best
Where do I find the things that proceed from God’s mouth?
best place to start is the Bible.
:4 Your garments
did not wear out on you, nor did your foot swell these forty years.
God took care of the people in the wilderness. They never had to buy new clothes. Their feet didn’t swell despite wandering for
:5 You should know in your heart that as a man chastens his son, so the
LORD your God chastens you.
:6 “Therefore you shall keep the commandments of the LORD your God, to walk
in His ways and to fear Him.
:7 For the LORD your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks
of water, of fountains and springs, that flow out of valleys and hills;
:8 a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a
land of olive oil and honey;
:9 a land in which you will eat bread without scarcity, in which you will
lack nothing; a land whose stones are iron and out of whose hills you can dig
:10 When you have eaten and are full, then you shall bless the LORD your
God for the good land which He has given you.
:11 “Beware that you do not forget the LORD your God by not keeping His
commandments, His judgments, and His statutes which I command you today,
:12 lest—when you have eaten and are full, and have built beautiful houses
and dwell in them;
:13 and when your herds and your flocks multiply, and your silver and your
gold are multiplied, and all that you have is multiplied;
:14 when your heart is lifted up, and you forget the LORD your God who
brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage;
:15 who led you through that great and terrible wilderness, in which were
fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty land where there was no water; who
brought water for you out of the flinty rock;
:16 who fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your fathers did not
know, that He might humble you and that He might test you, to do you good in
:17 then you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have
gained me this wealth.’
:11 do not forget
We saw last week the danger of what happens when times get good – we forget
what God has done in our lives and find ourselves walking away from God.
We need to cultivate humility – to remember what God has done for us and to
stay just as “addicted” to Him in the good times as we are in the bad.
It’s the pride that comes from good times that causes us to walk away from
Look what Paul wrote,
(Php 4:11–13 NKJV) —11 Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned
in whatever state I am, to be content: 12 I know how to be abased, and I know how to
and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to
abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ who
We often think of how important it is to find contentment
when we don’t have all the things we want.
Paul says he’s also learned contentment when he “abounds”,
when he has lots of stuff.
:18 “And you shall
remember the LORD your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth,
that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is
:19 Then it shall be, if you by any means forget the LORD your God, and
follow other gods, and serve them and worship them, I testify against you this
day that you shall surely perish.
:20 As the nations which the LORD destroys before you, so you shall perish,
because you would not be obedient to the voice of the LORD your God.
:1 “Hear, O Israel: You are to cross over the Jordan today, and go in to
dispossess nations greater and mightier than yourself, cities great and
fortified up to heaven,
:1 greater and
Yes, you can
Have you noticed how many times God reminds the people that the things
ahead of them are bigger than they are?
The nations they are to conquer are greater than they are. They are stronger than they are.
Does that make it impossible? Not if
God is on your side.
(Jn 15:5 NKJV) “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me,
and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.
When you are tempted to think that you can’t handle what God has placed
before you, you may be right. You can’t
without God’s help. But with God’s help,
anything is possible.
:2 a people
great and tall, the descendants of the Anakim, whom you know, and of whom you
heard it said, ‘Who can stand before the descendants of Anak?’
:3 Therefore understand today that the LORD your God is He who goes over
before you as a consuming fire. He will destroy them and bring them down before
you; so you shall drive them out and destroy them quickly, as the LORD has said
:4 “Do not think in your heart, after the LORD your God has cast them out
before you, saying, ‘Because of my righteousness the LORD has brought me in to
possess this land’; but it is because of the wickedness of these nations that
the LORD is driving them out from before you.
:5 It is not because of your righteousness or the uprightness of your heart
that you go in to possess their land, but because of the wickedness of these
nations that the LORD your God drives them out from before you, and that He may
fulfill the word which the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and
:5 not because
of your righteousness
God is great, not me
There is a danger of falling into the trap of thinking that when God uses
you, it’s because of your excellent spirituality.
if God doesn’t use you as much as someone else, it’s because you’re not as good
as they are.
Don’t get me wrong, I believe that God wants us to grow spiritually and
that God will honor our faithfulness in things like praying and studying His
But even in these things, all that is really happening is that God is
simply able to work more.
The success is always due to Him.
:5 because of the
This is one of the things that gets glossed over in Israel’s conquest of
the Promised Land.
We often think solely about them coming into the land that God had Promised
to give them.
The actual timing of the event was tied to the wickedness of these seven
nations that God was going to have Israel wipe out.
God spoke to Abraham about six hundred years earlier about his descendants
going into slavery in Egypt and then coming back …
(Ge 15:16 NKJV) …But in the fourth
generation they shall return here, for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet
It was the iniquity of the Amorite, and the fact that God
was finished with being patient with these people, that brought about the
timing of the Exodus.
understand that the LORD your God is not giving you this good land to possess
because of your righteousness, for you are a stiff-necked people.
– The figure is that of a stubborn
animal who refuses to submit to the yoke.
God loves stiff-necked people
How’s that for grace! God is going to give the Promised Land to these
people, but they’re a bunch of stubborn jerks!
And God DOES give it to them.
You may have your incredibly enormous problems, but God still cares about
you and still wants to take you into the Promised Land.
Do not forget how you provoked the LORD your God to wrath in the wilderness.
From the day that you departed from the land of Egypt until you came to this
place, you have been rebellious against the LORD.
:8 Also in Horeb you provoked the LORD to wrath, so that the LORD was angry
enough with you to have destroyed you.
:9 When I went up into the mountain to receive the tablets of stone, the
tablets of the covenant which the LORD made with you, then I stayed on the
mountain forty days and forty nights. I neither ate bread nor drank water.
:10 Then the LORD delivered to me two tablets of stone written with the
finger of God, and on them were all the words which the LORD had spoken to you
on the mountain from the midst of the fire in the day of the assembly.
:11 And it came to pass, at the end of forty days and forty nights, that
the LORD gave me the two tablets of stone, the tablets of the covenant.
:12 “Then the LORD said to me, ‘Arise, go down quickly from here, for your
people whom you brought out of Egypt have acted corruptly; they have quickly
turned aside from the way which I commanded them; they have made themselves a
:8 in Horeb
– (Ex. 32)
The first time
that Moses went up to Mount Sinai for forty days was to receive more details of
the Law, the blueprints for building the Tabernacle, and to get a stone copy of
the Ten Commandments.
to find the people worshipping a golden calf.
the LORD spoke to me, saying, ‘I have seen this people, and indeed they are a
:14 Let Me alone, that I may destroy them and blot out their name from
under heaven; and I will make of you a nation mightier and greater than they.’
:15 “So I turned and came down from the mountain, and the mountain burned
with fire; and the two tablets of the covenant were in my two hands.
:16 And I looked, and behold, you had sinned against the LORD your God—had
made for yourselves a molded calf! You had turned aside quickly from the way
which the LORD had commanded you.
:17 Then I took the two tablets and threw them out of my two hands and
broke them before your eyes.
:18 And I fell down before the LORD, as at the first, forty days and forty
nights; I neither ate bread nor drank water, because of all your sin which you
committed in doing wickedly in the sight of the LORD, to provoke Him to anger.
Moses would spend another forty days up on Mount Sinai interceding for the
people, trying to convince God not to wipe the people out.
:19 For I was afraid of the anger and hot displeasure with which the LORD
was angry with you, to destroy you. But the LORD listened to me at that time
:20 And the LORD was very angry with Aaron and would have destroyed him; so
I prayed for Aaron also at the same time.
:21 Then I took your sin, the calf which you had made, and burned it with
fire and crushed it and ground it very small, until it was as fine as dust; and
I threw its dust into the brook that descended from the mountain.
:22 “Also at Taberah and Massah and Kibroth Hattaavah you provoked the LORD
– (Num. 11)
The people were complaining. God
sent fire and some people died in the outskirts of the camp. Taberah means “burning”.
– (Ex. 17)
The people were complaining about the lack of water, Moses struck the rock,
water came out. The people “tempted” the
Hattaavah – (Num. 11)
The people were craving meat, the Lord sent quail, the people got what they
asked for, and many died. “Graves of
Greediness”. Be careful what you ask
:23 Likewise, when the LORD sent you from Kadesh Barnea, saying, ‘Go up and
possess the land which I have given you,’ then you rebelled against the
commandment of the LORD your God, and you did not believe Him nor obey His
:23 Kadesh Barnea
– (Num. 13-14)
Sending the twelve spies into the land, and the report came back about the
giants. The people didn’t trust God to
take them into the Promised Land.
:24 You have been rebellious against the LORD from the day that I knew you.
Do you see the
:25 “Thus I
prostrated myself before the LORD; forty days and forty nights I kept
prostrating myself, because the LORD had said He would destroy you.
:26 Therefore I prayed to the LORD, and said: ‘O Lord GOD, do not destroy
Your people and Your inheritance whom You have redeemed through Your greatness,
whom You have brought out of Egypt with a mighty hand.
:27 Remember Your servants, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; do not look on the
stubbornness of this people, or on their wickedness or their sin,
:28 lest the land from which You brought us should say, “Because the LORD
was not able to bring them to the land which He promised them, and because He
hated them, He has brought them out to kill them in the wilderness.”
:29 Yet they are Your people and Your inheritance, whom You brought out by
Your mighty power and by Your outstretched arm.’
:26 I prayed to the
When people don’t do what’s right, it’s easy to get caught up in the
attitude of getting mad at them or wanting to toss them to the side.
Moses prayed for his people.
I think that this is why God threatened to wipe them out. Not because God actually intended to, but to
challenge Moses and his heart, to see what Moses would do.
How are you handling those you are disappointed with?
of Coral Gables, Florida, was abducted when he was 10 years old. His kidnapper,
angry with the boy’s family, burned him with cigarettes, stabbed him numerous
times with an ice pick, then shot him in the head and left him to die in the
Everglades. Remarkably, the boy survived, though he lost sight in one eye. No one was ever
arrested, though the authorities were pretty sure they knew who had done the
Recently, a man confessed to the crime. Carrier went to see him.
He found David McAllister, a 77-year-old ex-convict, frail and blind,
living in a North Miami Beach nursing home. Carrier began visiting often, reading to
McAllister from the Bible and praying with him. His ministry opened the door
for McAllister to make a profession of faith. McAllister died three days after accepting
Carrier says, “While many people can’t understand how I could forgive David
McAllister, from my point of view I couldn’t not forgive him. If I’d chosen to
hate him all these years, or spent my life looking for revenge, then I wouldn’t
be the man I am today, the man my wife and children love, the man God has
helped me to be.”
-- Merv Budd,
London, Ontario. Leadership, Vol. 19,