Correction on Deut 5: Moses told the Israelites that it was not their children, who saw the miracles God did, but it was them. He said something similar in Deut 5, that God’ covenant had not been made with their fathers, but with them. At the time, I assumed that averyone who saw those things were dead, so Moses must have been saying that Gd made the covenant with the Israelite community as a whole, but those 20 and below were probably still alive and saw the miracles and the covenant made (11: 1 – 7).
- God was going to give the Israelites the strength to take over the land of Canaan, if they kept his law (11:8). He did give them the strength to take over the land, so they must have kept his law to a certain extent (or repented every time they broke it).
- When they lived in Egypt, they had to irrigate their farms by hand, but according to Moses, rain fell in the land of Canaan they were about to take (11: 10 – 12).
- In this chapter, Moses again reminds them that God’s blessings are conditional. They must keep their part so he can bless them. Otherwise, he will curse them. For a hilarious (in my opinion) list of the curses, check out Deuteronomy 28: 15 – 68.