The book of Deuteronomy consists of a series of sermons preached by Moses just as Israel came towards the end of forty years of wandering in the wilderness, and just before leadership was handed over to Joshua. Andrew Stewart shows how, in these sermons, Moses had thought about God’s plan for Israel. Deuteronomy shows God’s grace; he not only redeems his people but also has a plan for them as his “treasured possession” (Deuteronomy 26:18).
“The purpose of this law was that women should look like women and men should look like men. God made men and women different but complementary (see Gen. 2:21–25), and neither should blur the distinction.” (Page 382)
“The book of Deuteronomy consists of a series of sermons preached by Moses on the plains of Moab, as the Israelites came towards the end of four decades of wandering in the wilderness and just before Moses handed over the leadership of God’s people to Joshua. In these sermons he summarised Israel’s history and he expounded Israel’s laws. But this is more than history and regulations. Deuteronomy is a work of mature theology. It is the product of a lifetime of listening to and learning about the God of Israel. Along the way Moses has experienced failure and frustration, but he has been able to learn through these experiences. As he listened and learned he thought deeply about God’s plan for Israel. He helps us to make sense of what we read in the first books of the Old Testament.” (Page 7)
“The same merciful Lord embraces those who trust in the Lord Jesus. When we are physically weak, he remains strong; when we have grown weary from doing good, he delights to do us good; when we have fallen into sin and require chastisement, he restores and embraces us; when we have listened to bad counsel and lost our way, he brings us back into the paths of righteousness; and when we grapple with death, the last enemy, his arms refuse to let go. The Lord Jesus himself has given us this assurance, ‘I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no-one can snatch them out of my hand’ (John 10:28; see also Rom. 8:38–39).” (Page 607)
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