Bible Study Online – Deuteronomy 1:1-18

Deuteronomy 1

New International Version (NIV)

The Command to Leave Horeb

1 These are the words Moses spoke to all Israel in the wilderness east of the Jordan—that is, in the Arabah—opposite Suph, between Paran and Tophel, Laban, Hazeroth and Dizahab. 2 (It takes eleven days to go from Horeb to Kadesh Barnea by the Mount Seir road.)

3 In the fortieth year, on the first day of the eleventh month, Moses proclaimed to the Israelites all that the Lord had commanded him concerning them. 4 This was after he had defeated Sihon king of the Amorites, who reigned in Heshbon, and at Edrei had defeated Og king of Bashan, who reigned in Ashtaroth.

5 East of the Jordan in the territory of Moab, Moses began to expound this law, saying:

6 The Lord our God said to us at Horeb, “You have stayed long enough at this mountain. 7 Break camp and advance into the hill country of the Amorites; go to all the neighboring peoples in the Arabah, in the mountains, in the western foothills, in the Negev and along the coast, to the land of the Canaanites and to Lebanon, as far as the great river, the Euphrates. 8 See, I have given you this land. Go in and take possession of the land the Lord swore he would give to your fathers—to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob—and to their descendants after them.”

The Appointment of Leaders

9 At that time I said to you, “You are too heavy a burden for me to carry alone. 10 The Lord your God has increased your numbers so that today you are as numerous as the stars in the sky. 11 May the Lord, the God of your ancestors, increase you a thousand times and bless you as he has promised! 12 But how can I bear your problems and your burdens and your disputes all by myself? 13 Choose some wise, understanding and respected men from each of your tribes, and I will set them over you.”

14 You answered me, “What you propose to do is good.”

15 So I took the leading men of your tribes, wise and respected men, and appointed them to have authority over you—as commanders of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties and of tens and as tribal officials. 16 And I charged your judges at that time, “Hear the disputes between your people and judge fairly, whether the case is between two Israelites or between an Israelite and a foreigner residing among you. 17 Do not show partiality in judging; hear both small and great alike. Do not be afraid of anyone, for judgment belongs to God. Bring me any case too hard for you, and I will hear it.” 18 And at that time I told you everything you were to do.
■Moses appointed leaders and judges God appointed leaders and when the people wanted to appoint their own leader, democracy, God gave them Saul. Saul was a good looking man but he did not have the best interest of the people at heart, because he was not the leader God had in mind for them.
■This makes me believe that Democratic Governments are of the devil and not of God. What are your thoughts? Do you think democracy is of God or the devil? Should religious leaders appoint national leaders?
■Democracy seems so appealing, innocent and good but it is of the devil.
■Remember to watch out for the subtle lies and tricks of satan. Satan does not usually make evil obvious but always disguises it. Satan and its agents parade themselves as angels of light and use disguise to trap people into sin.
■The disguises that I have noticed in today’s day and age are so clever and sophisticated that it required the Holy Spirit and the gift of discernment to discern these evils spirits and plots.

You are welcome to share your thoughts and opinions about the passage above. God Bless You 🙂

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