The Book of Deuteronomy

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The Book of Deuteronomy

Number of Chapters:34

Summary of “The Gift of Rain” (Deut. 12: 10-17)

The Book of Deuteronomy

Theme:In the book of Deuteronomy, God through Moses, tells people that obeying him brings many good things and disobeying him will bring disaster. These rules that were preached about in Deuteronomy are still rules that we use and should continue using for obeying God. The book also preaches the importance of the Covenant, which is God will protect the people but in return God requires that people follow his law.

Time Period:1406 – 1407 (The years before Moses death).

Type of Book:Similar to Exodus; it is a narrative and a book of laws.

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Moses Pleading With Isreal (Deut. 6:1-15)

First Verse:

"These are the words which Moses spoke to all Israel beyond the Jordan (in the desert, in the Arabah, opposite Suph, between Paran and Tophel, Laban, Hazeroth and Dizahab)." Deut. 1: 1

"And for the might and the terrifying power that Moses exhibited in the sight of all Israel. "Deut. 34: 12

Last Verse:

The book of Deuteronomy included many important stories all related to the Covenant of God. Early in the book it states the rules that God wants us to follow, known as the 10 Commandments, and through these rules we develop a good understanding of how God wants us to live our lives. The story that I thought put God’s “laws” in the best perspective is called “The Gift of Rain”. Through this story Moses tells the people how God reacts when we break the Covenant between the two of us. The story is based on the new land the Israelites are about to settle on, and how the soil is not as rich and fertile for growing as where they came from. But Moses says to them, if you respect God’s rules, God will look over your land and protect it. He will make rain fall so you may grow your crops, but if you don’t he will unleash his anger upon you and rain will be no more. Although it seems to be a pretty simple story the meaning behind it is one we should all have. Through this Moses tells us that God will help you grow as long as you respect the rules he provided you with. He also makes a connection between people and plants and how in order to grow, you need God’s assistance. Year after year my parents have slowly given me more freedom and along with this comes more responsibility and trust. Similarly in “The Gift of Rain”, the people are given the gift of rain, but if they abuse this gift and disobey God’s rules, their lives would become very difficult. Now obviously if I don’t respect my parent’s rules “The gates of heaven will close” on me but it is still important to learn these lessons through a more serious point of view to help people in their everyday lives. I find that the book of Deuteronomy isn’t necessarily looked at as one of the more important books of the bible like Genesis or the gospels. But the rules and lessons that are present within this book, are the rules and guidelines that give us a better understanding of the core teachings of the bible.

Verses That Speak To Me:

"Therefore, you shall love the LORD, your God, with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength." Deut. 6: 5

"Fathers shall not be put to death for their children, nor children for their fathers; only for his own guilt shall a man be put to death."Deut. 24: 16

"Be brave and steadfast; have no fear or dread of them, for it is the LORD, your God, who marches with you; he will never fail or forsake you." Deut. 31: 6

These verses spoke to me in a very strong and speial way. Considering the Book of Deuternomy consists of laws or rules that God wants us to follow, these scriptual passages were the laws or rules that I felt a stong connection with. The reason why the first and third one connected with me was because they were about our connection with God and how we need God in our lives. Obviousilly that seems pretty simple but, a lot of times we dont give God the respect or credit he truly deserves. I conected with the scriptual passage in the midde becasue I found it to be very serious, with a fairly simple moral or lesson. The moral being that, if you are the one who did something bad, you are to blame for your actions and take responsibility.


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