Joshua 1 – Reading Note

  • God’s promises to Joshua are of the same format as the promises he made to the Israelites frequently in Deuteronomy.
    • Keep my laws and I will make you prosperous and successful
    • Make sure you know my laws so you can be careful to keep them, so that you will be prosperous and successful. Don’t forget them. (1: 6 -9)
  • The change of leaders was smooth. Moses died, Joshua assumed leadership and the people accepted him without any obvious trouble.
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Deuteronomy 31 – Reading Note

  • I have long had misunderstandings about the meaning of the word ‘destroyed’ as it is used about people in the book of Deuteronomy, but verse 4 says that God ‘destroyed’ Sihon and Og, the kings of the Amorites along with their lands, so I have an example of what ‘destroyed’ means there.
  • Moses then wrote down the law, according to the writer of Deuteronomy and instructed the people to read it every seven years in front of everyone – men, women, children and aliens – so they could learn to fear God and keep his laws. (Deut 31: 10 -13). I certainly agree with the idea that learning God’s law helps you learn to fear and obey him.
  • God knew that the people were going to turn away from him in the future, so he let Moses know this, but he didn’t throw up his hands and quit. (31: 16 – 18).
  • Two things were given to the Israelites as a witness against them in case they ever turned away from God – the law was written in a book and places near the ark of the covenant; and Moses taught them a song that God has taught him.

Deuteronomy 1 – Reading Note

  • This chapter and most (if not all) of Deuteronomy, relates an address made the the Israelite assembly by Moses.
  • For the umpteenth time, God emphasizes that he is giving the Israelites the land and instructs them to go in and take it (1:8).
  • The spies were sent to check out the route the people were going to take and which towns they would run into (1:22)
  • Moses said that God went before them to search out places for the Israelites to camp (1:32, 33).