DEUTERONOMY LESSON 6
We will begin this lesson in Deuteronomy 4:25 "When thou shalt
beget children, and children's children, and ye shall have remained
long in the land, and shall corrupt [yourselves], and make a graven
image, [or] the likeness of any [thing], and shall do evil in the
sight of the LORD thy God, to provoke him to anger:"
This is speaking of those who start out with God, and over a
period of time, slip into idolatry. This is warning them against
gradually drifting away from God and His teachings. To worship
anything made with human hands, is idolatry, and strictly forbidden.
Deuteronomy 4:26 "I call heaven and earth to witness against you
this day, that ye shall soon utterly perish from off the land
whereunto ye go over Jordan to possess it; ye shall not prolong [your]
days upon it, but shall utterly be destroyed."
God is a Jealous God. He will not share His people with any false
god. This is one sin that brings quick punishment from God on His
people. The condition of their inheritance of the land, is if they
keep God's commandments. Calling heaven and earth to witness is like
saying all of God's creation witnesses to that.
Deuteronomy 4:27 "And the LORD shall scatter you among the
nations, and ye shall be left few in number among the heathen, whither
the LORD shall lead you."
This is speaking of things like the Babylonian captivity. Every
time they seem to get careless about keeping God's law, and seek other
Gods to worship, God brings disaster to them. Usually, it is in the
form of captivity.
Deuteronomy 4:28 "And there ye shall serve gods, the work of
men's hands, wood and stone, which neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor
The lands that capture Israel are the heathen countries around
them, and they do worship idols of all kinds. We have mentioned before
that, the Creator of everything is the only one to worship. His
creation, whether people or things, are not to be worshipped.
Deuteronomy 4:29 "But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy
God, thou shalt find [him], if thou seek him with all thy heart and
with all thy soul."
As long as they have breath in their bodies, regardless of where
they are, they can cry out to God, and He will hear. True belief in
God originates in the heart. Look at what Jesus said about this very
thing. Mark 12:30 "And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy
heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy
strength: this [is] the first commandment."
Deuteronomy 4:30 "When thou art in tribulation, and all these
things are come upon thee, [even] in the latter days, if thou turn to
the LORD thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice;"
The latter days are, many times, speaking of the time of the
second coming of Christ. At that time, there shall be great
tribulation. Matthew 24:21 "For then shall be great tribulation, such
as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever
shall be." In the following verse, we see that some people are taken
out of this great tribulation to be with the LORD. Revelation 7:14
"And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are
they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes,
and made them white in the blood of the Lamb." To turn to the LORD is
speaking of repenting of a life of sin and obeying the will of God.
Deuteronomy 4:31 "(For the LORD thy God [is] a merciful God;) he
will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant
of thy fathers which he sware unto them."
His mercy endureth forever. I Chronicles 16:34 "O give thanks
unto the LORD; for [he is] good; for his mercy [endureth] for ever."
Hebrews 13:5 "[Let your] conversation [be] without covetousness; [and
be] content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will
never leave thee, nor forsake thee." We may forsake God, but He never
forsakes His own. His mercy extends to whosever will dare to believe.
The covenant is an everlasting covenant. God will never forget.
Deuteronomy 4:32 "For ask now of the days that are past, which
were before thee, since the day that God created man upon the earth,
and [ask] from the one side of heaven unto the other, whether there
hath been [any such thing] as this great thing [is], or hath been
heard like it?"
Moses is explaining here, that God had chosen them of all the
people in the world, and made them His. They are a unique people. God
had actually dwelt with them, and miraculously protected them, and fed
them for these 40 years. There had never before been a people that God
had blessed like Israel.
Deuteronomy 4:33 "Did [ever] people hear the voice of God
speaking out of the midst of the fire, as thou hast heard, and live?"
This is one of the miraculous things that happened to them, when
God spoke the ten commandments to them from the fire on the mountain.
Deuteronomy 4:34 "Or hath God assayed to go [and] take him a
nation from the midst of [another] nation, by temptations, by signs,
and by wonders, and by war, and by a mighty hand, and by a stretched
out arm, and by great terrors, according to all that the LORD your God
did for you in Egypt before your eyes?"
The word "assayed" means test, or attempt. God did take Israel
from the grip of Egypt. The ten plagues that God brought on Egypt and
the Egyptian gods caused them to release the Israelites. God, Himself,
fought Pharaoh's army at the Red Sea. The Israelites saw all of this
with their very own eyes.
Deuteronomy 4:35 "Unto thee it was shewed, that thou mightest
know that the LORD he [is] God; [there is] none else beside him."
God did all of this in Egypt and, also, all of the miracles, like
the water coming from the Rock, for the benefit of Israel. There could
be no doubt that the LORD, He is God. The false gods of Egypt were
unable to do anything. God defamed all of the Egyptian false gods.
Deuteronomy 4:36 "Out of heaven he made thee to hear his voice,
that he might instruct thee: and upon earth he shewed thee his great
fire; and thou heardest his words out of the midst of the fire."
God's voice was heard by all of the Israelites, when He spoke to
them from heaven. The voice actually came from the fire.
Deuteronomy 4:37 "And because he loved thy fathers, therefore he
chose their seed after them, and brought thee out in his sight with
his mighty power out of Egypt;"
Thy fathers, mentioned here, are speaking of Abraham, Isaac, and
Jacob. Genesis 17:8 "And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after
thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan,
for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God." Exodus 13:14
"And it shall be when thy son asketh thee in time to come, saying,
What [is] this? that thou shalt say unto him, By strength of hand the
LORD brought us out from Egypt, from the house of bondage:"
Deuteronomy 4:38 "To drive out nations from before thee greater
and mightier than thou [art], to bring thee in, to give thee their
land [for] an inheritance, as [it is] this day."
They had just seen this, when the mighty army of Og was defeated
before them. The LORD goes before them in the smoke by day, and the
fire by night. Exodus 23:27 "I will send my fear before thee, and will
destroy all the people to whom thou shalt come, and I will make all
thine enemies turn their backs unto thee." Exodus 23:28 "And I will
send hornets before thee, which shall drive out the Hivite, the
Canaanite, and the Hittite, from before thee."
Deuteronomy 4:39 "Know therefore this day, and consider [it] in
thine heart, that the LORD he [is] God in heaven above, and upon the
earth beneath: [there is] none else."
Mark 12:32 "And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast
said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he:"
Colossians 1:16 "For by him were all things created, that are in
heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether [they
be] thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things
were created by him, and for him:"
Deuteronomy 4:40 "Thou shalt keep therefore his statutes, and his
commandments, which I command thee this day, that it may go well with
thee, and with thy children after thee, and that thou mayest prolong
[thy] days upon the earth, which the LORD thy God giveth thee, for
John 14:15 "If ye love me, keep my commandments." John 14:21 "He
that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me:
and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love
him, and will manifest myself to him." The blessings of God are upon
those who live for Him.
Deuteronomy 4:41 "Then Moses severed three cities on this side
Jordan toward the sun rising;"
These three cities on the eastern side of the Jordan were
separated out for the purposes of God.
Deuteronomy 4:42 "That the slayer might flee thither, which
should kill his neighbour unawares, and hated him not in times past;
and that fleeing unto one of these cities he might live:"
This city of refuge is a place of safety for those who
unintentionally kill someone. They will not be harmed, as long as they
stay in this city. In the book of Numbers, we saw the law pertaining
to this. Numbers 35:11 "Then ye shall appoint you cities to be cities
of refuge for you; that the slayer may flee thither, which killeth any
person at unawares."
Deuteronomy 4:43 "[Namely], Bezer in the wilderness, in the plain
country, of the Reubenites; and Ramoth in Gilead, of the Gadites; and
Golan in Bashan, of the Manassites."
The cities of refuge are named in the verse above. We see that
each of the tribes had their city of refuge.
Deuteronomy 4:44 "And this [is] the law which Moses set before
the children of Israel:"
Moses was more familiar with this law of God than anyone else. He
has reminded the people of this law, before this later generation goes
in to occupy the promised land. Sometimes, this law is spoken of as
Deuteronomy 4:45 "These [are] the testimonies, and the statutes,
and the judgments, which Moses spake unto the children of Israel,
after they came forth out of Egypt,"
We see from this, that there are several categories to this.
Testimonies, statutes, and judgements are all actually part of the
law. This is the second time Moses has given this law.
Deuteronomy 4:46 "On this side Jordan, in the valley over against
Beth-peor, in the land of Sihon king of the Amorites, who dwelt at
Heshbon, whom Moses and the children of Israel smote, after they were
come forth out of Egypt:"
This is explaining that this law is given to the people by Moses,
before they go into the promised land. Beth-peor is just across from
Jericho, where they will enter the promised land. Sihon, king of the
Amorites, was miraculously defeated by God for these people. This was
a show from God that they will not have any difficulty defeating the
armies in Canaan. When God is with them, they cannot lose.
Deuteronomy 4:47 "And they possessed his land, and the land of Og
king of Bashan, two kings of the Amorites, which [were] on this side
Jordan toward the sun rising;"
Og was the last of the giants. The land that was taken from them
was given to the tribes of Reuben, Gad, and the half tribe of
Deuteronomy 4:48 "From Aroer, which [is] by the bank of the river
Arnon, even unto mount Sion, which [is] Hermon,"
Deuteronomy 2:36 "From Aroer, which [is] by the brink of the
river of Arnon, and [from] the city that [is] by the river, even unto
Gilead, there was not one city too strong for us: the LORD our God
delivered all unto us:" Joshua 12:1 "Now these [are] the kings of the
land, which the children of Israel smote, and possessed their land on
the other side Jordan toward the rising of the sun, from the river
Arnon unto mount Hermon, and all the plain on the east:"
Deuteronomy 4:49 "And all the plain on this side Jordan eastward,
even unto the sea of the plain, under the springs of Pisgah."
All of this area mentioned is part of the land taken on the
eastern side of the Jordan. Deuteronomy 34:1 "And Moses went up from
the plains of Moab unto the mountain of Nebo, to the top of Pisgah,
that [is] over against Jericho. And the LORD shewed him all the land
of Gilead, unto Dan,"
Deuteronomy 6 Questions
1. Who is verse 25 speaking of?
2. What will happen to them, if they fall into idolatry?
3. What condition is placed on their inheritance?
4. The Lord shall scatter you among the __________.
5. Who is a good example of this?
6. The lands that capture them will be ___________ countries.
7. If thou shalt seek the LORD, thou shalt ________ ___.
8. Quote Mark chapter 12 verse 30.
9. What time is verse 30 speaking of?
10. Quote Matthew chapter 24 verse 21.
11. Who are dressed in white in Revelation chapter 7 verse 14?
12. Quote 1 Chronicles chapter 16 verse 34.
13. What promise did God make us in Hebrews chapter 13 verse 5?
14. Quote Deuteronomy chapter 4 verse 32.
15. Has any one nation, other than Israel, ever heard the voice of God
16. When did God speak to them?
17. What does "assayed" mean?
18. What caused the release of the Israelites from Egypt?
19. What had they seen with their own eyes in the way of miracles?
20. Did they see God, when He spoke to them from the fire?
21. Quote Genesis chapter 17 verse 8.
22. Exodus chapter 13 verse 14 tells us God brought them out, how?
23. God drove out __________ before them.
24. Where is God in power?
25. Quote Mark chapter 12 verse 32.
26. Quote Colossians chapter 1 verse 16.
27. Jesus said, if you love me, _________ ____ __________.
28. Quote John chapter 14 verse 21.
29. What were the three cities that Moses separated out to be used
30. Whose tribes were they chosen out of?
31. What are the categories of the law in verse 45?
32. Who was the last of the giants?
33. Quote Deuteronomy chapter 34 verse 1.