The Book of Deuteronomy


the book of Deuteronomy the epic
conclusion to the Torah and…Spoiler Alert: “Moses is going to die!” Now in order
to understand this book we need to remember the story so far so Israel has
escaped from slavery in Egypt then they spend one year at Mount Sinai
this is where they made the covenant with God to obey all of these laws and then
they wander around the desert for 40 years before they make it to the Jordan River
which is right across from the land God promised them. They are ready to go in this is
where the book of Deuteronomy begins and what this book is really is a speech
Moses gives these final words like a pep talk to the new generation of Israel
that’s about to go into the land and the speech, it’s broken up into three large
sections. So Moses begins the first part of the speech with somber tone because he’s
highlighting Israel’s rebellion and resistance which has been going on for
the last forty years and that sets up the rest of the opening section which is
Moses challenge to this new generation to be different from their parents and
to respond to God’s grace with love and obedience so he reminds them of the ten commandments
like the basics of the covenant and then he gives them this very famous line
listen oh Israel the Lord is our God the Lord alone love the Lord your God
with all your heart with all your soul and with all your strength. Now in Jewish
tradition this is called the Shema because the first Hebrew word in this
line is Shema Israel and this became a very important prayer in judaism said
twice a day and it emphasizes the Israelite’s
exclusive commitment to their God the one true God who loved them who rescued
them from slavery because they’re about to go into a land where people are
worshipping many other gods and Moses thinks that loyalty to the Lord their
God is the only way to life now notice, these keywords in the Shema: listen
and love you are going to find these words all over this opening section of the speech
the word ‘listen’ in hebrew means more than just let sound waves come into your
ears it includes the idea of responding to what you hear so for Israel this
means responding to God’s grace by obeying the laws of the covenant and
then listen as always followed by love ya so love is the true motivation for
obeying the laws. Israel won’t obey without love and they don’t truly love
if they don’t obey. So there’s this tight connection between loving and listening
their runs through the entire book so Moses tells them that if they do listen
and love they will fulfill their original calling as the family at Abraham
to show all of the nation’s the wisdom and justice of God and so become a
blessing to them. The second big section in Deuteronomy is a large block of
laws and commands and this is where the book gets its name Deuteronomy means a second law and it’s
because many of these laws we’ve heard before in fact in the first line of the
book we’re told that Moses is here explaining clarifying the laws so he’s
repeating an expanding on the laws making them relevant to this new
generation there’s laws about how israel’s to worship God, laws about their
leadership structure, laws about social justice and then some more laws about their worship now after all of the laws of Moses warns
Israel of the consequences of their obedience or disobedience or in his
words the blessing for the curse if they listen and love they will experience
blessing and abundance in the land and if they don’t there’s going to be famine
plagues and they’ll be forced off their land into exile and that brings us to
the final section of his speech. Here Moses says I set before you today life or death blessing or curse so
choose life but then things get really interesting because after forty years
with these people, Moses knows they’re not going to obey and so he predicts their
failure and even their future exile from the promised land and he focuses on what
he thinks is the true source of the problem that they have hired and selfish
hearts it’s as if israel is incapable of truly loving God in a way that brings
about obedience, but this problem isn’t unique to Israel. Yeah, in fact Moses when he’s using this language
about blessing and curse he’s tying Israel’s story all the way back to all
humanity’s story from Genesis 1 through 3 so Adam and Eve they were blessed by God just
like Israel and given a choice to trust and obey God like Israel and then they
rebelled and brought a curse on the land like Moses knows israel is going to do. And so
these stories there about Israel’s hard heart but they’re actually a window into
the universal human condition. But Moses doesn’t give up hope entirely that’s
right he says that somehow on the other side israel’s exile God promises to
transform their heart so that one day they truly can listen and love. In the final chapters joshua
has appointed as the new leader of israel and then Moses takes the entire
law code, the one he just predicted Israel would break. Thats right and he put it into
the ark of the covenant and then Moses hikes up to the top of a mountain so we
can see the promised land from afar and then he dies and that’s how the
torah ends which is a strange place to end a story and it’s right there at the
climax will they obey the laws and live faithfully in the land or not. Well the story
does continue right into Joshua the next book of the Bible but this is the end of
the Torah and it’s been ended here for a reason the Torah is written for people who are
either outside of the land or who are still waiting for the fulfillment of
God’s promise to bless the whole world and so now as each generation reads the
torah they find themselves called to hope in what Moses hoped for: a new and
transformed heart that one day can truly listen and love. Guys with this video the Torah series is
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  2. Not a Christian but I am interested in the bible from an academic perspective and this is a cool summary.

  3. Excellent work and I love the way you two speak. I could listen to you talk all day. Love the videos keep up the work

  4. Read Deuteronomy 28 and tell me who are those true Israelites today and does it apply to the people who are converts from 700ad the chosen people of God. Due some research it helps you better your Bible projects.

  5. Is the Hexateuch, not de Pentateuch. Torah finish in the book of Joshua.

  6. No matter how many times we try to understand Old testament we understand it many ways and we explore Gods Love and laws in different perspective. This video stands one step further when it to understanding.Taking up such a whole book and explaining in short without losing its soul message is not an easy job. You'll did it well guys. Loved it. God Bless You'll.

  7. Thank you so much, it's amazing and fantastic. Your videos capture the essence of Gods Word

  8. "You bow to the letter of the law…But you violate the heart of the law!"…Jesus.

  9. Moses went to talk to God and one of the Jews creates Golden calf and worship it. What a stupid thing to do with God prophet on ur side.

  10. And still there are many who choose not to listen and love, walking in obedience to God's word that gives them hope and a future because in their small captive minds creating their own way is more naturally comfortable and logical.

  11. Deuteronomy has always been a blessing to me. The reminder of rewards and consequences of our response to God's word is timeless.

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  13. I'm not religious, but interested in the Abrahamic faiths and your videos have been wonderful in giving me an inside into the Old Testament. Thanks!

  14. Se va cumplir hasta que tenga los dos niños Comigo Lo Jehová me da en su santo templo y entonces se va ser el templo de Israel con el nombre de Jehová y lo testificó con el poder de Jehová amén

  15. Ya les dije que mí futuro esposo el tiene dos hijos y y padre soltero y se va cumplir hasta que tenga los dos niños Comigo y los que Jehová me da con sus brazos a si
    Y LO TESTIFICÓ CON EL PODER DE JEHOVÁ AMÉN

  16. You do know that the house Israel and the house Judah will be in the land of their captivity just before the gathering of the hidden one's… So the askenazi jews cannot be the 12 tribes of Israel!?!

    Revelation 2:9
    Revelation 3:9

  17. Deuteronomy states if Israel God's chosen people do not harken to his words and turn away from their evil ways then they will go into slavery by ships with yokes of iron upon their neck and will be scattered throughout the world. Well only one race of people fit the description and it's the so called negroes(African Americans) yes negroes not Africans. There are two races of black people. Africans did not sell Africans into slavery they sold intruders of their land trying to escape persecution in Israel as stated in Deuteronomy for not obeying the most high laws. So much have been done to and against these people that the whole world will pay for their crimes against the most high's people's.

  18. In the modern world, where is the promise land? Thank you so much

  19. I would of followed this but yous leave out nuggets like showing the grapes but not showing the giants so what are you leaving out of this don't change the book

  20. Awesome, I just discovered this. I love how you guys condense things down to give an overview of each book. When I dig deeper, I kind of have a better understanding as a result. Lots of hard work and I hope everyone pitches in to support this effort!

  21. I have to be honest. I love the Bible and Scripture. But dude your voice is so annoying. Grow a pair or something man.

  22. Nice supplemental summary. Nothing like reading the word though.

  23. I am a Muslim .. love your work .. I love the Torah, the bible and the Quran. The Quran is an amazing holy book.. I like to see a work like this

  24. This part of the bible (deuteronomy) litterally tells you to kill people. Why is that?

  25. What were the curses of the Israelites if they didn’t obey🤔🤔

  26. These stories make me kinda sad. I came here to learn more about the Bible out of curiosity and to answer some of my questions. But now I just see how humanity will always have a tendency to mess up and can never truly accept God’s love and obey Him. I just hope He gives us another chance.

  27. I been watching these videos since yesterday and I’m gonna do genesis next maybe on my dinner break

  28. Is GOD Like Man Can Hate His Son or His Daughter ???? Can Cast Out His Son And Not Except Him Back ???? Will GOD give His Son Gift to some one Else ??? Will You ??? Then Imagine A GOD Who Can't Do Wrong And Knows All !!! If People Finding Out Israelis are not the SEED of Abraham ,Issac ,Jacob then" Houston We Got a Problem" Divine Intervention is About to take Place hold on to your hats….

  29. You guys are a blessing to so many people! Thank you for all of your hard work, and may God continue to bless your ministry!

  30. Not only does it help me – my 5 year old LOVES watching it with me. Then we read the Bible together and it gives such a visual experience. God bless you guys and the team!

  31. Who did moses really meat on top of mount Sinai smoke by day fire by night sounds like a volcano a tree like a burning Bush when he done sacrifices a ball of fire and smoke came and decided the offering what's connected to fire but sainton and the devil moses are Ted a snake on a cross and christ was arected on a cross the hebrews marched in circles that are mana according to christ that all died never made it christ said if you eat mana you die fore that didn't ear the bread christ offers the bread of life mount Sinai = mount sin + AI AI is the moon God so what is the truth

  32. Moses couldn’t talk good too and God told him to tell them the commandments on how to live.

  33. I am a white buddhist but i wanted you to know how helpful yours and other videos like yours are helpful to me to navigate life in The United States. I was born here. I grew up here. But i have always felt the disconnect. This stuff helps to understand my neighbors better.

  34. Good show my Hebrew school them the emotions of life love communities commandments Hebrews laws of one God! God bless those who listens an spiritually love in his true words amen

  35. Im not Christian but I loooved your presentations and I learned quite a few things. Thank you for your efforts <3

  36. I love your stories except its missing 1 true aspect to your rendition. Israel and Egypt is still part of Africa despite colonial and other interruptions. Why then do your cartoons have white people when we all know the Jews of antiquity were actually Brown skinned people or in Lehman's terms "black." If you wish to tell the truth then why not release the entire truth instead of hanging on closely to something we all know is a made up lie in recent times??

  37. I am loving your videos. It's a useful tool for sharing with friends who want to know about the Bible

  38. You are truly changing lives. I wonder if I ever can find redemption from God after a life of mistakes and weirdness, but your channel and videos give me hope every time.

  39. The old testament is a little bit of story, and a helluva a lot of rules!

  40. Super useful for my preaching later. Praise Yahweh for your lives, guys! I hope I can support you all in the future

    With love, from the Philippines

  41. You folks are WONDERFUL! THANK YOU SO MUCH! They have helped me so much! May God Bless you!

  42. Israel could not obey without love because God is love,and so without that love being God that is why they choose to rebel against Moses and God….

  43. The foolish nations that were given salvation to make Israel jealous were the Romans.

  44. It's long 7 minutes but so much effort in it. Ur guys make my bible learning experience more wonderful. God blessed you.

  45. Yes, if they listen to a dictator. The Hebrews tried to walk away but Moses ordered to kill them but he did not kill his brother.

  46. Jehovah never gave up on us. That's why He gave us Jesus. Thank you Holy Father for being there when we needed you most. Johns 3:16.

  47. "Duteronomy is about loving and listening, and engaging with others…"

    "that troublemakers have arisen among you and have led the people of their town astray, saying, “Let us go and worship other gods” (gods you have not known), 14 then you must inquire, probe and investigate it thoroughly. And if it is true and it has been proved that this detestable thing has been done among you, 15 you must certainly put to the sword all who live in that town. You must destroy it completely,[a] both its people and its livestock.16 You are to gather all the plunder of the town into the middle of the public square and completely burn the town and all its plunder as a whole burnt offering to the Lord your God. That town is to remain a ruin forever, never to be rebuilt,"
    Dut 13:13-16

    God is love and forgiveness but if just 1 person in a town doesn't love god then just fucking exterminatus the entire city and wipe out the other 99% just in case.

  48. God to glory to God. Praise the Eternal One.
    Thank you for making this happen.
    ❤️✌️❤️

  49. BLESS. U.
    Our church has a video
    It was so GOOD. SIMPLY thank you.

  50. Very informative!!
    Praise God for such an extraordinary people and appreciate their efforts. God be the Glory 🙏 Amen.

  51. Tim, I love your talks except for one thing, Because you hate violence you reject Gods descriptions of God’s destruction of the Canaanites,

    You forget how God regards EVIL as SIN which must be eradicated from God’s GOOD earth, T hen you explained God’s destruction of the Canaanites as simply hyperbole of description which is to call God a LIAR. God is never wrong! We are wrong. God destroyed Noah’s generation because the whole WORLD was evil”
    . I put it to you that YOUR interpretation of Good and Evil is wrong, not God’s. I say this in love so that you migght continue your good work and adjust your view of good and evil,?

  52. Thank you so much from one of a TRUE servant's of GOD! You guy's are wonderful!

  53. Wow I loved how you all explained this. I was so confused before.🙌

  54. I am a Muslim from Peshawar, Pakistan. I love videos prepared by you guys!!It helps me a lot in understanding Bible and teaching my students!thanks!

  55. This was amazing I believe there is many prophet in this world but us humans want to believe or have more so follow scientific believes instead

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