Category: A group of biblical books that have a similar literary genre or main themes and have been placed together as a major section of the Bible.
Torah: The first five books of the Old Testament that recount the foundation story of the Israelites, their covenant with God, and their role in human history.
Literary Style: A unique style of writing that follows recognized literary conventions and language patterns.
Prose Discourse: A speech that makes persuasive claims through a logical sequence of thought and clear patterns of rhetoric.
Sermon: A short persuasive essay that is meant primarily to address the listener’s behavior.
Law: Ancient Israelite customs and regulations that governed civil and religious practice and constituted the terms of Israel’s covenant with God.
Moses gives final words of wisdom and warning before the Israelites enter the promised land, challenging them to be faithful to God.
Torah Series Part VII
Moses delivers his final words of warning and wisdom to the Israelites before they enter the promised land. This is the epic conclusion of the Torah! And, spoiler alert: Moses dies.
After 40 years of rebellion and frustration in the wilderness, the next generation of Israel is finally old enough in the Book of Deuteronomy to inherit the land of Canaan that God promised them. Wise and full of years, Moses knows that this generation will disobey like their parents did, but he is hopeful that they will repent and God will continue to guide them.
He reviews with them everything that happened in the Books of Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers from Egypt to Mt. Sinai to the wilderness, as well as the laws of the covenant. He urges them to love God and be faithful, and He will bless them in return. Joshua is appointed as the next leader, and Moses dies. Even though he can't enter it, God allows him to see a marvelous view of the Promised Land from a mountaintop during his final hours, demonstrating His love for His people.
A New Generation
Well in his years, Moses retells the account of Mt. Sinai and their parents' forty years in the wilderness to Israel's next generation.
Love and Obey
Moses reminds Israel's new generation to love, believe, and stay obedient to God and not fall into rebellion and unbelief like their parents did.
Moses Reviews the Law
Moses reviews the terms of the Old Covenant laws to the new Israelites that include conduct for government establishment, civil and social responsibility, and worship.
Moses' Final Speech
In his final speech, Moses charges the new Israel to choose between life and obeying God, or death and disobedience. He urges them to choose life.
Moses Passes the Torch
Moses' attendant Joshua is appointed as the new leader. His purpose completed, Moses travels up Mount Nebo, sees the Promised Land, and dies at 120 years old.
Watch our Read Scripture video on the book of Deuteronomy, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. There is one Read Scripture video dedicated to the book of Deuteronomy, which aims to help you see its unique contribution to the story of Jesus, but also how it works within the Bible’s overall framework.