1)Listen to Podcast
The Bible Jesus Read: Israel’s Constitution
1. Hello Deuteronomy : Before you began this study, what did you expect Deuteronomy to be about? List some questions you have about Deuteronomy.
2. Deja vu : If Christians have enough willpower to struggle their way through Leviticus in their Bible reading plan, their next serious temptation to skip is Deuteronomy – a book which contains many of the laws from Exodus and Leviticus repeated verbatim. Give your best elevator pitch for Deuteronomy. Why should I not skip this book in my reading plan this year?
3. Look-alike : We learned on Sunday that the covenant laid out in the book of Deuteronomy was modeled after ancient Hittite suzerain-vassal treaties which contain the following parts: Preamble, Historical Prologue, General Stipulations, Specific Stipulations, Blessing and Curses, Document Clause, Witnesses. God could have chosen any mechanism to describe His relationship with His people… why choose this one? What do geopolitical peace treaties and foreign policy documents have in common with the way God relates to man?
4. Moses the Preacher : Retrace the 40 years leading up to Moses’ sermon in the plains of Moab opposite the Jordan River, outside of the Promised Land (Deut. 1-3). This second generation of wilderness wanderers stared across the Jordan at what must have seemed like an impossible task. How would a knowledge of the past (Deut. 8) and promises for the future (Deut. 7:13-16) give them and give you courage in the present to be fully devoted followers of Yahweh?