Deuteronomy 1-2

Deuteronomy 1

1. The burden of this chapter is the people’s sin in refusing to go forward to the Promised Land. How is the sin described (see verses 26, 27, 32) and what made the guilt of greater (see Note on verses 9-18; also verses 31-33)?

2. What solemn lesson is taught in verses 40-45? Cf. Is. 59:1, 2; Jer. 11:14; Heb. 12:17

3. What does this chapter teach us about the importance of knowing history, especially Bible history? Cf. Pss. 78:1-8; 44:1-8; 1 Cor.10:6-13; Rom. 15:4.

Note. Verses 9-18. These verses seem to be introduced to show that the people were both numerous and well organized when they reached Kadesh, and therefore fully ready to enter the land if their eyes had been on the Lord.

 

Deuteronomy 2

1.  What do we learn from this chapter of the sovereignty of God over the nations? Cf. 32:8; Acts 17:26.

2. Why were Edom, Moab and Ammon spared on this occasion, whereas the Amorites were exterminated? Note verses 4, 5, 9, 19; and cf. Amos 1:11-2:3.

3.  What do verses 24 and 31 teach about the relationship between divine grace and human faith? Cf. Eph. 2:8

Notes

1. Verse 1. ‘For a long time’: nearly thirty-eight years; cf. verse 14.

2. Verse 4 – 8. This is not the same incident as that of Num. 20:14-21, but a later instruction when Israel had reached the eastern border of Edom.

3. Verses 10 – 12 and 20 – 23 are parenthetical notes on ancient history.

4. Verse 30. A judicial hardening, i.e., to punish one already opposed to God.

5. Verse 34. A ‘Completely destroyed’: ‘devoted to destruction’, i.e., under God’s curse.

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