One Book: Deuteronomy

Deuteronomy: Retelling the Story

As years go by, the gaps between generations widen, and things we might assume everyone knows are not quite so common knowledge. This was the case even back in the times of Moses. The Israelites had been delivered by God’s mighty hand from slavery in Egypt. They had miraculously crossed the Red Sea, had been given food that rained down from the sky, and had seen God’s faithfulness to them in countless other ways. But now, that generation of people had died out, and the new generation of Israelites didn’t remember first-hand all that had happened in their history. And one true fact about humans — we tend toward forgetfulness.

The book of Deuteronomy is a retelling of the stories of the Israelites’ history, a second giving of God’s law, another reminder of God’s great faithfulness. Moses knew his time on earth was close to the end, and he wanted to be sure the people – this new generation – knew God’s commandments and His promises. He told them, “And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.” He knew that passing these things on to the next generation was of utmost importance.

The same is true for us today. We have the responsibility to help the next generation learn to follow God. Join Pastor Marc Goodwin as he takes us through Deuteronomy and points us to Jesus, the Prophet who is greater than Moses, who rescued us from death and hell, our only hope of entering the Promised Land.