Deuteronomy 27:1-28:14

  1. What ways does God use, through his servants, Moses, the elders and the priests, to impress upon his people how absolutely he requires obedience to all the laws of chapters 5-26?
  2. What abiding principles emerge from chapter 27 concerning:
    (a) the authority of ministers to pronounce judgment on sinners In God’s name (cf. 1 Tim. 5:20; Titus 1:13; 2:15), and
    (b) the failure of the law to bring life? E.g., although Israel literally obeyed verses 2-8 (see Josh 8:30-35), they soon broke the other laws. Cf. Rom. 8:2-4; Gal. 3:10-12.
  3. Contrast the nature of the blessings of 28:1-14 with the New Testament phrase ‘every spiritual blessing in the heavenly place’ (Eph. 1:3).
    What difference between the old and new covenants is indicated here?
    To what extent do the promises of Deut. 28:1-14 still apply to us?

Note. 27:15-26. Note that the offences mentioned here are mainly such as might escape the detection and punishment of course of law.