Resources from Deuteronomy

The Royal Prerogative

THERE is but one God: Jehovah is his name— the “I AM.” That one God will not endure a rival. Why should he? He made all things, and sustains all things. Should a creature that his own hands have made be set up in rivalry with him? If it be a great man like Nebuchadnezzar, if he saith, “Behold this great Babylon which I have builded,” God will send him...

Deuteronomy 32:39

Camp Law and Camp Life

Dec 14  I WILL scarcely allude to the context, which you ought to notice at home, but I must say as much as this: the Lord cared for the cleanliness of his people while they were in the wilderness, literally so; and this text is connected with a sanitary regulation of the wisest possible kind. What I admire in it is that God the glorious, the all-holy, should stoop to legislate about...

Deuteronomy 23:14

Shoes of Iron, and Strength Sufficient: a New year’s Promise

Mar 29 I ONCE heard an old minister say that he thought the blessing of Asher was peculiarly the blessing of ministers; and his eyes twinkled as he added, “At any rate, they are usually blessed with children, and it is a great blessing for them if they are acceptable to their brethren, and if they are so truly anointed that they even dip their foot in oil.” Well, well, I pray...

Deuteronomy 33:24-25

Small Rain for Tender Herbs

Dec 25 THIS is the language of the great prophet Moses, “My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass.” We read of Moses that he was a prophet mighty in word and deed: he combined with his incomparable teaching an unequalled degree of marvellous miracle-working. He was equally great as a...

Deuteronomy 32:2

The Everlasting Arms

Oct 6 THIS short passage is found in the midst of a mass of gold, sentences containing the richest treasures of truth. All this spiritual wealth is the heritage of the people of God, — not only of his typical people to whom those words were spoken, but to his real people, the true seed of Abraham, those who are the believing children of the father of all believers. If you are...

Deuteronomy 33:27

Plain Gospel for Plain People

Jun 12 OUR Lord Jesus Christ, in John’s gospel, in the forty-sixth verse of the fifth chapter, says, “Moses wrote of me.” Hence we may safely interpret much that Moses said, not only of the law, but also of the gospel; indeed, the law itself was given primarily to drive men to the gospel; it was meant to show them the impossibility of salvation by their own works, and so to shut...

Deuteronomy 30:11-14

The Death of Moses

Jun 5 WHAT an honourable title! Moses is distinguished as “the servant of Jehovah.” He was this of choice, for he willed to be the servant of God rather than to be great in the land of the Pharaohs. Such he was most perseveringly throughout the whole of his life. Such he was most intensely, for he waited upon God for his directions, as a servant waits upon his master; and he...

Deuteronomy 34:5

Moses’ Dying Charge to Israel

Jun 17 THESE are the words of Moses, the man of God, when he was near his departure. They make up a part of what has been called his “swan song.” He did not often sing, he did give us at least one song; hut when he came near the time he was to die, like the fabled swan, he began to sing, and most sweetly did he sing.      Notice the...

Deuteronomy 8:2

Brought Out, to be Brought In

Aug 6 OUR text occurs in the passage where the Israelites are told to personally instruct their children concerning the testimonies and statutes and judgments of the Lord. When they asked the meaning of the various ordinances of God’s house, their parents were to tell them, — not to refer them to the priest, but they were themselves to instruct their children in the things of God. In our own case, however...

Deuteronomy 6:23

Unbelief Condemned and Faith Commended

Jun 8 THESE two texts will serve to show the different estimate which God has of unbelief and of faith. He says of unbelievers, in my text taken from Deuteronomy, “They are a very froward generation, children in whom is no faith”; as much as to say, that the absence of faith proves them to be froward, presumptuous, wilful, disobedient; a people at cross purposes with God. He says not only that...

Deuteronomy 32:20