Bible Study Online – Deuteronomy 5

Deuteronomy 5

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The Ten Commandments

5 Moses summoned all Israel and said:

Hear, Israel, the decrees and laws I declare in your hearing today. Learn them and be sure to follow them. 2 The Lord our God made a covenant with us at Horeb. 3 It was not with our ancestors[a] that the Lord made this covenant, but with us, with all of us who are alive here today. 4 The Lord spoke to you face to face out of the fire on the mountain. 5 (At that time I stood between the Lord and you to declare to you the word of the Lord, because you were afraid of the fire and did not go up the mountain.) And he said:

 

6 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.

7 “You shall have no other gods before[b] me.

8 “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 9 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 10 but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.

11 “You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.

12 “Observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy, as the Lord your God has commanded you. 13 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 14 but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your ox, your donkey or any of your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns, so that your male and female servants may rest, as you do. 15 Remember that you were slaves in Egypt and that the Lord your God brought you out of there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. Therefore the Lord your God has commanded you to observe the Sabbath day.

16 “Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the Lord your God is giving you.

17 “You shall not murder.

18 “You shall not commit adultery.

19 “You shall not steal.

20 “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.

21 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife. You shall not set your desire on your neighbor’s house or land, his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”

22 These are the commandments the Lord proclaimed in a loud voice to your whole assembly there on the mountain from out of the fire, the cloud and the deep darkness; and he added nothing more. Then he wrote them on two stone tablets and gave them to me.

23 When you heard the voice out of the darkness, while the mountain was ablaze with fire, all the leaders of your tribes and your elders came to me. 24 And you said, “The Lord our God has shown us his glory and his majesty, and we have heard his voice from the fire. Today we have seen that a person can live even if God speaks with them. 25 But now, why should we die? This great fire will consume us, and we will die if we hear the voice of the Lord our God any longer. 26 For what mortal has ever heard the voice of the living God speaking out of fire, as we have, and survived? 27 Go near and listen to all that the Lord our God says. Then tell us whatever the Lord our God tells you. We will listen and obey.”

28 The Lord heard you when you spoke to me, and the Lord said to me, “I have heard what this people said to you. Everything they said was good. 29 Oh, that their hearts would be inclined to fear me and keep all my commands always, so that it might go well with them and their children forever!

30 “Go, tell them to return to their tents. 31 But you stay here with me so that I may give you all the commands, decrees and laws you are to teach them to follow in the land I am giving them to possess.”

32 So be careful to do what the Lord your God has commanded you; do not turn aside to the right or to the left. 33 Walk in obedience to all that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess.

  • God gave Moses the 10 commandments for the Israelites. Those commandments are still applicable till date and to everyone. Jesus did not abolish but fulfilled the law. Most of us do not know or remember the 10 commandments in its entirety.
  • The 10 commandments are pretty straight forward but I’d like to discuss the first three.
  • God commanded us not to have any other god besides Him or any idol. This refers to any man-made object or any thing created by God, including the heavenly bodies and human beings. Note American Idol, Canadian Idol or any other kind of idol portrayed on tv in the name of entertainment is evil and of satan. It idolizes humans and causes people to break this very first commandment without many people even realizing or knowing it. Hosea 4:6New International Version (NIV)

    6 my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.

    “Because you have rejected knowledge,I also reject you as my priests;because you have ignored the law of your God,I also will ignore your children.

  • Do not misuse the name of the Lord your God: Even though God commands us not to misuse His name, it does not mean that you should not call Jesus when you are in trouble. The name Jesus is very powerful and may sometimes be all you need to say in times of trouble to gain your deliverance. It worked for me and I know for a fact that it will work for you too.
  • The sabbath day: Some people argue that saturday is the sabbath while others say it is sunday. Some say that it is impossible to not work on the sabbath day, which ever day it may be. I would like people to note that the sabbath day was created for man and in man’s best interest to “rest”. The most important thing is that you work six days and rest on the seventh day..this is infact God’s command. I doubt God is really interested in the particular day, if so He would have emphasized that. What God emphasized is the fact that ALL living creatures REST on the seventh day. The SEVENTH DAY and REST are the emphasis. Notice Jesus healed on the sabbath day, saying that it is lawful to do good on the sabath day. This tells me that if it is and avoidable task, leave it for another day. Plan your days so that on the seventh day you get to rest; just as you plan not to conduct any personal chores while at work. However, emergencies are emergencies and unavoidable just like healing.  Some practical examples of how you can plan your week so that you rest on the seventh day include doing or finalizing all your cooking and shopping on the sixth day, look for jobs that do not require you to work on the seventh day, if that is not possible….trade your shifts, use vacation times and pray to God to help you keep the sabbath day holy.
  • When we obey God, we gain supernatural blessings. For the Israelites it was hearing the voice of God, seeing God in the form of fire (as a pillar of fire or burning mountain), seeing God in the form of a pillar of cloud and living to tell the story. For you, it may be something else. See vs. 24. In vs. 29 God even confirms so Himself. See also, vs. 32-33.

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Bible Study Online – Deuteronomy 4:32-49

Deuteronomy 4

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The Lord Is God

32 Ask now about the former days, long before your time, from the day God created human beings on the earth; ask from one end of the heavens to the other. Has anything so great as this ever happened, or has anything like it ever been heard of? 33 Has any other people heard the voice of God[a] speaking out of fire, as you have, and lived? 34 Has any god ever tried to take for himself one nation out of another nation, by testings, by signs and wonders, by war, by a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, or by great and awesome deeds, like all the things the Lord your God did for you in Egypt before your very eyes?

35 You were shown these things so that you might know that the Lord is God; besides him there is no other. 36 From heaven he made you hear his voice to discipline you. On earth he showed you his great fire, and you heard his words from out of the fire. 37 Because he loved your ancestors and chose their descendants after them, he brought you out of Egypt by his Presence and his great strength, 38 to drive out before you nations greater and stronger than you and to bring you into their land to give it to you for your inheritance, as it is today.

39 Acknowledge and take to heart this day that the Lord is God in heaven above and on the earth below. There is no other. 40 Keep his decrees and commands, which I am giving you today, so that it may go well with you and your children after you and that you may live long in the land the Lord your God gives you for all time.

Cities of Refuge

41 Then Moses set aside three cities east of the Jordan, 42 to which anyone who had killed a person could flee if they had unintentionally killed a neighbor without malice aforethought. They could flee into one of these cities and save their life. 43 The cities were these: Bezer in the wilderness plateau, for the Reubenites; Ramoth in Gilead, for the Gadites; and Golan in Bashan, for the Manassites.

Introduction to the Law

44 This is the law Moses set before the Israelites. 45 These are the stipulations, decrees and laws Moses gave them when they came out of Egypt 46 and were in the valley near Beth Peor east of the Jordan, in the land of Sihon king of the Amorites, who reigned in Heshbon and was defeated by Moses and the Israelites as they came out of Egypt. 47 They took possession of his land and the land of Og king of Bashan, the two Amorite kings east of the Jordan. 48 This land extended from Aroer on the rim of the Arnon Gorge to Mount Sirion[b] (that is, Hermon), 49 and included all the Arabah east of the Jordan, as far as the Dead Sea,[c] below the slopes of Pisgah.

  • God reveals Himself to us in various ways. Each person’s relationship with God, gifts and miracles are different and should be much appreciated.
  • God performs miracles in our lives to build our faith in Him and let us know that He is God; there is none other like Him. See vs. 35.
  • God is more than able to handle situations, problems or challanges that are greater and stronger than us but not God or Jesus.
  • When we obey God, He blesses us up to a thousand generations. It pays to love and obey God.
  • God does not judge us for accidental deaths we cause and He protects us.

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Bible Study Online – Deuteronomy 4: 1-31

Deuteronomy 4

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Obedience Commanded

4 Now, Israel, hear the decrees and laws I am about to teach you. Follow them so that you may live and may go in and take possession of the land the Lord, the God of your ancestors, is giving you. 2 Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the Lord your God that I give you.

3 You saw with your own eyes what the Lord did at Baal Peor. The Lord your God destroyed from among you everyone who followed the Baal of Peor, 4 but all of you who held fast to the Lord your God are still alive today.

5 See, I have taught you decrees and laws as the Lord my God commanded me, so that you may follow them in the land you are entering to take possession of it. 6 Observe them carefully, for this will show your wisdom and understanding to the nations, who will hear about all these decrees and say, “Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.” 7 What other nation is so great as to have their gods near them the way the Lord our God is near us whenever we pray to him? 8 And what other nation is so great as to have such righteous decrees and laws as this body of laws I am setting before you today?

9 Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them. 10 Remember the day you stood before the Lord your God at Horeb, when he said to me, “Assemble the people before me to hear my words so that they may learn to revere me as long as they live in the land and may teach them to their children.” 11 You came near and stood at the foot of the mountain while it blazed with fire to the very heavens, with black clouds and deep darkness. 12 Then the Lord spoke to you out of the fire. You heard the sound of words but saw no form; there was only a voice. 13 He declared to you his covenant, the Ten Commandments, which he commanded you to follow and then wrote them on two stone tablets. 14 And the Lord directed me at that time to teach you the decrees and laws you are to follow in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess.

Idolatry Forbidden

15 You saw no form of any kind the day the Lord spoke to you at Horeb out of the fire. Therefore watch yourselves very carefully, 16 so that you do not become corrupt and make for yourselves an idol, an image of any shape, whether formed like a man or a woman, 17 or like any animal on earth or any bird that flies in the air, 18 or like any creature that moves along the ground or any fish in the waters below. 19 And when you look up to the sky and see the sun, the moon and the stars—all the heavenly array—do not be enticed into bowing down to them and worshiping things the Lord your God has apportioned to all the nations under heaven. 20 But as for you, the Lord took you and brought you out of the iron-smelting furnace, out of Egypt, to be the people of his inheritance, as you now are.

21 The Lord was angry with me because of you, and he solemnly swore that I would not cross the Jordan and enter the good land the Lord your God is giving you as your inheritance. 22 I will die in this land; I will not cross the Jordan; but you are about to cross over and take possession of that good land. 23 Be careful not to forget the covenant of the Lord your God that he made with you; do not make for yourselves an idol in the form of anything the Lord your God has forbidden. 24 For the Lord your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.

25 After you have had children and grandchildren and have lived in the land a long time—if you then become corrupt and make any kind of idol, doing evil in the eyes of the Lord your God and arousing his anger, 26 I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you this day that you will quickly perish from the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess. You will not live there long but will certainly be destroyed. 27 The Lord will scatter you among the peoples, and only a few of you will survive among the nations to which the Lord will drive you. 28 There you will worship man-made gods of wood and stone, which cannot see or hear or eat or smell. 29 But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul. 30 When you are in distress and all these things have happened to you, then in later days you will return to the Lord your God and obey him. 31 For the Lord your God is a merciful God; he will not abandon or destroy you or forget the covenant with your ancestors, which he confirmed to them by oath.

 

  • God commands us to obey his commands without modifying it (adding to it or removing from it).
  • When we obey God, even in the face of persecution, until the end we gain eternal life. Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in[a] Christ Jesus our Lord.” See Deuteronomy 4: 3-4.
  • When we obey God, He lets the world see His light in our lives (including our enemies). As a result, everyone will testify that God is Lord of ALL and God of ALL. See vs.6.
  • When God performs miracles in our lives, we are not only to remember it for our lifetime; but also we are to teach our offsprings and children God’s commandments as well. See vs.9-10.
  • We are not to have any idols of any kind, human or not. We are not to have any god besides God the Father. Idols and gods can be in the form of humans, stars, moons, man-made object or anything created by God. We are to worship God the Father alone, this was His forst commandment.
  • It is very easy for people to forget God when life is good and going well for them. We are to be carefull to obey all of God’s commands in all situations. Do not under-estimate the power of God. The wages of sin (including idolatory) is death and destruction, see vs. 25-26 and Romans 6:23.
  • If we offend God but sincerely repent, God will reveal Himself to us. See vs. 29. Mathew 5: 6 and 8, “6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. 8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.”

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Bible Study Online – Deuteronomy 3

Deuteronomy 3

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Defeat of Og King of Bashan

3 Next we turned and went up along the road toward Bashan, and Og king of Bashan with his whole army marched out to meet us in battle at Edrei. 2 The Lord said to me, “Do not be afraid of him, for I have delivered him into your hands, along with his whole army and his land. Do to him what you did to Sihon king of the Amorites, who reigned in Heshbon.”

3 So the Lord our God also gave into our hands Og king of Bashan and all his army. We struck them down, leaving no survivors. 4 At that time we took all his cities. There was not one of the sixty cities that we did not take from them—the whole region of Argob, Og’s kingdom in Bashan. 5 All these cities were fortified with high walls and with gates and bars, and there were also a great many unwalled villages. 6 We completely destroyed[a] them, as we had done with Sihon king of Heshbon, destroying[b] every city—men, women and children. 7 But all the livestock and the plunder from their cities we carried off for ourselves.

8 So at that time we took from these two kings of the Amorites the territory east of the Jordan, from the Arnon Gorge as far as Mount Hermon. 9 (Hermon is called Sirion by the Sidonians; the Amorites call it Senir.) 10 We took all the towns on the plateau, and all Gilead, and all Bashan as far as Salekah and Edrei, towns of Og’s kingdom in Bashan. 11 (Og king of Bashan was the last of the Rephaites. His bed was decorated with iron and was more than nine cubits long and four cubits wide.[c] It is still in Rabbah of the Ammonites.)

Division of the Land

12 Of the land that we took over at that time, I gave the Reubenites and the Gadites the territory north of Aroer by the Arnon Gorge, including half the hill country of Gilead, together with its towns. 13 The rest of Gilead and also all of Bashan, the kingdom of Og, I gave to the half-tribe of Manasseh. (The whole region of Argob in Bashan used to be known as a land of the Rephaites. 14 Jair, a descendant of Manasseh, took the whole region of Argob as far as the border of the Geshurites and the Maakathites; it was named after him, so that to this day Bashan is called Havvoth Jair.[d]) 15 And I gave Gilead to Makir. 16 But to the Reubenites and the Gadites I gave the territory extending from Gilead down to the Arnon Gorge (the middle of the gorge being the border) and out to the Jabbok River, which is the border of the Ammonites. 17 Its western border was the Jordan in the Arabah, from Kinnereth to the Sea of the Arabah (that is, the Dead Sea), below the slopes of Pisgah.

18 I commanded you at that time: “The Lord your God has given you this land to take possession of it. But all your able-bodied men, armed for battle, must cross over ahead of the other Israelites. 19 However, your wives, your children and your livestock (I know you have much livestock) may stay in the towns I have given you, 20 until the Lord gives rest to your fellow Israelites as he has to you, and they too have taken over the land that the Lord your God is giving them across the Jordan. After that, each of you may go back to the possession I have given you.”

Moses Forbidden to Cross the Jordan

21 At that time I commanded Joshua: “You have seen with your own eyes all that the Lord your God has done to these two kings. The Lord will do the same to all the kingdoms over there where you are going. 22 Do not be afraid of them; the Lord your God himself will fight for you.”

23 At that time I pleaded with the Lord: 24 “Sovereign Lord, you have begun to show to your servant your greatness and your strong hand. For what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do the deeds and mighty works you do? 25 Let me go over and see the good land beyond the Jordan—that fine hill country and Lebanon.”

26 But because of you the Lord was angry with me and would not listen to me. “That is enough,” the Lord said. “Do not speak to me anymore about this matter. 27 Go up to the top of Pisgah and look west and north and south and east. Look at the land with your own eyes, since you are not going to cross this Jordan. 28 But commission Joshua, and encourage and strengthen him, for he will lead this people across and will cause them to inherit the land that you will see.” 29 So we stayed in the valley near Beth Peor.

  1. The earth is the Lord’s and its fullness thereof. God gives any part of the world to whoever He pleases even today.
  2. We are to help our brothers and sisters (which is everyone). God blesses us with wealth riches, resources, power etc, so that we have enough for ourselves and extra to help others; including the less privileged, our siblings and neighbours. This can be done via praying and fasting for them, giving our money, talents, skills, material possessions and resources. See vs. 18 – 20.
  3. When we obey God and help each other, we get blessings from God. Vs. 20 “….. After that, each of you may go back to the possessions I have given you”.
  4. God commands us not to be afraid of our adversaries, satan and its agents, because He will fight our battles for us. See vs. 22, “Do not be afraid of them; the Lord your God Himself will fight for you”.
  5. God answers the prayers of His children even if we have offended Him. His answer may not come in the exact way we exact way we expect or request, but He answers our prayers. God answered Moses’ request to go see the land even though God was angry with Moses. See vs. 25-27.
  6. God commanded Moses to commission and encourage Joshua and strengthen him; because God was going to use him to lead the Israelites to the promise land. See vs. 28. This is how God wants us to encourage and strengthen each other, especially the new converts (the lambs). Today’s new convert will be tomorrow’s shepherd, todays lamb will be tomorrow’s sheep.
  7. Note that the will of God is always done even if plans get changed or people die. For example, Moses died prior to the Israelites entering the promise land but that did not prevent them from entering the promise land (God’s will). No matter the situation, how often or huge the change may be, be comforted in knowing that the will of God will be done on earth (in your life) as it is in heaven.

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