But as for you, turn and take your journey into the wilderness by the Way of the Red Sea.’”. They were in the desert on the east side of the Jordan river. Deuteronomy is therefore a book of reminding and a book of preparation. They also took some of the fruit of the land in their hands and brought it down to us; and they brought back word to us, saying, ‘It is a good land which the LORD our God is giving us.’”. in the wilderness, in the plain--the Arabah, a desert plain, or steppe, extended the whole way from the Red Sea north to the Sea of Tiberias. a. But a careful look shows that Numbers 13:2 dealt mainly with the number of spies to send (12) and how they should be chosen (one from each tribe). We use cookies to let us know when you visit our websites, how you interact with us, to enrich your user experience, and to customize your relationship with our website. The length of the Ghor from Ezion-geber to Kadesh is a hundred miles. The Hebrew word translated “explain” comes from the ideas “to dig deeply” or “to mine.” Moses will mine out the riches of God’s truth to the people, and prepare them to enter in. It is sobering to consider how easily, how quickly, and how completely, God sees through our excuses. DEUTERONOMY 1:16. Salem Media Group. God had told them that the land was good. Verses 1-8. These are the words which Moses spoke to all Israel on this side of the Jordan in the wilderness, in the plain opposite Suph, between Paran, Tophel, Laban, Hazeroth, and Dizahab. Article Images Copyright © 2021 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. It was time to move on in faith and take the land of promise. We often feel confident in our excuses because other people can’t really challenge them – but God sees right through them. For the Christian today, it is important to spend some time under the law as a tutor (Galatians 3:24-25), so we know the holy character of God and our need for a Savior. 28. the cities are great, and walled up to heaven--an Oriental metaphor, meaning very high. Copyright © 2021, Bible Study Tools. It is called by the Arabs El Tih, "the wandering." When tempted by Satan to short-cut the cross by bowing down to worship the devil, Jesus answered Satan from Deuteronomy 6:13: You shall fear the Lord your God and serve Him. They brought back word to us: Significantly, Moses didn’t mention the evil report of the unbelieving spies (Numbers 13:28-29). Notice that Moses was commanding the people (i.e., their leaders) to take responsibility (they choose) for the community along with himself (Moses appoints). b. These be the words which Moses spake unto all Israel --The mental condition of the people generally in that infantine age of the Church, and the greater number of them being of young or tender years, rendered it expedient to repeat the laws and counsels which God had given. You have dwelt long enough at this mountain: Simply, God told Israel to move on. Hazeroth--is a different place from that at which the Israelites encamped after leaving "the desert of Sinai.". Deuteronomy 1:1-46. To help Moses bear the burden, God directed him to appoint seventy elders to assist him in bearing up under the pressure of leading the nation. Unless they did not believe Him, there was no reason to take a look at the enemies and see if God was somehow up to the challenge. ii. Yet when ten of the twelve spies came back with a report filled with fear and unbelief, the nation believed them and refused to believe God’s promised and enter in. Choose wise, understanding, and knowledgeable men from among your tribes, and I will make them heads over you.’ And you answered me and said, ‘The thing which you have told us to do is good.’ So I took the heads of your tribes, wise and knowledgeable men, and made them heads over you, leaders of thousands, leaders of hundreds, leaders of fifties, leaders of tens, and officers for your tribes. 1-2 These are the sermons Moses preached to all Israel when they were east of the Jordan River in the Arabah Wilderness, opposite Suph, in the vicinity of Paran, Tophel, Laban, Hazeroth, and Dizahab. You shall not show partiality in judgment; you shall hear the small as well as the great; you shall not be afraid in any man’s presence, for the judgment is God’s. c. These are the words which Moses spoke to all Israel: At this pivotal point in Israel’s history – on the threshold of the Promised Land, and ready to adopt a true national identity, Moses spoke to Israel in this book of Deuteronomy. We have sinned against the LORD; we will go up and fight: After hearing the consequences of their rejection of God, Israel had a change of heart. The Book of Deuteronomy (literally "second law" from Greek deuteros + nomos) is the fifth book of the Jewish Torah, where it is called Devarim (Heb. It is a good land which the LORD our God is giving us: It was enough that the nation of Israel had the report from the godly spies, Joshua and Caleb. 34-36. the Lord heard the voice of your words, and was wroth--In consequence of this aggravated offense (unbelief followed by open rebellion), the Israelites were doomed, in the righteous judgment of God, to a life of wandering in that dreary wilderness till the whole adult generation had disappeared by death. These cookies are strictly necessary to provide you with services available through our website and to use some of its features. This could give a person a wilderness kind of relationship with God, but could never bring them into the Promised Land kind of relationship with God. and said, We will send men before us, and they shall search us out the land--The proposal to despatch spies emanated from the people through unbelief; but Moses, believing them sincere, gave his cordial assent to this measure, and God on being consulted issue proved disastrous to them, only through their own sin and folly. Red Sea--This command they disregarded, and, determined to force an onward passage in spite of the earnest remonstrances of Moses, they attempted to cross the heights then occupied by the combined forces of the Amorites and Amalekites (compare Numbers 14:43 ), but were repulsed with great loss. A parable is told about God speaking. But God never intended the Christian to live their spiritual life at Mount Sinai. 2 Normally it takes only eleven days to travel from Mount Sinai # 1:2 Hebrew Horeb, another name for Sinai; also in 1:6, 19. to Kadesh-barnea, going by way of Mount Seir. It was the fortieth year in the eleventh month of the year on the first day of the month. While the high tablelands of Moab were "cultivated fields," the Jordan valley, at the foot of the mountains where Israel was encamped, was a part of the great desert plain, little more inviting than the desert of Arabia. The victory was ready as soon as Israel was ready to receive it in faith. Encourage him, for he shall cause Israel to inherit it. But how different their condition who suffer in situations where God is with them from the feelings of those who are conscious that they are in a position directly opposed to the divine will! These be the words which Moses spake unto all Israel--The mental condition of the people generally in that infantine age of the Church, and the greater number of them being of young or tender years, rendered it expedient to repeat the laws and counsels which God had given. iv. And everyone of you came near to me and said, “Let us send men before us”: As Moses remembered this suggestion, he looked back with regret. Deuteronomy 1 - These are the words that Moses spoke to all Israel beyond the Jordan in the wilderness, in the Arabah opposite Suph, between Paran and Tophel, Laban, Hazeroth, and Dizahab. It would therefore be appropriate to interpret this phrase as meaning that we should love the Lord our God with all of those things with which God has “gifted” us—our talents and treasures and strength and friends, etc., etc., … Accordingly, to furnish a recapitulation of the leading branches of their faith and duty was among the last public services which Moses rendered to Israel. 2 (It takes eleven days to go from Horeb to Kadesh Barnea by the Mount Seir road.) You would not go up, but rebelled… and you murmured in your tents… you did not believe the LORD your God: God had done nothing but show Himself faithful to Israel. Deuteronomy 1:5 states that “Moses undertook to expound this law” to the people while encamped on the plains of Moab, east of the Jordan River. ... Echad also means ‘first’ in many parts of scripture (eg Gen 8:5,13), but I’m not sure we should push for that translation, unless we stress the meaning of having first place, or number one priority. Instead, it was unbelief (though certainly, unbelief is sin). (Read Deuteronomy 1:9-18) Moses reminds the people of the happy constitution of their government, which might make them all safe and easy, if it was not their own fault. Deuteronomy 1:21, NASB: "See, the LORD your God has placed the land before you; go up, take possession, just as the LORD, the God of your fathers, has spoken to you. Click to enable/disable Google reCaptcha. Moses then instructed the elders in principles of righteous leadership, and thus relieved himself of many burdens. You can check these in your browser security settings. Now it came to pass in the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first day of the month, that Moses spoke to the children of Israel according to all that the LORD had given him as commandments to them, after he had killed Sihon king of the Amorites, who dwelt in Heshbon, and Og king of Bashan, who dwelt at Ashtaroth in Edrei. 3 “And I spoke to you at that time, saying: ‘I alone am not able to bear you. The Israelites already far exceeded that number, being at the last census above six hundred thousand ( Numbers 26:51 ). . This was because it took forty years for the generation of unbelief – those who were adults when Israel left Egypt – it took forty years for that generation to die out in the wilderness, and for a generation of faith and trust in God to arise in place after them. On this side of the Jordan in the land of Moab, Moses began to explain this law, saying. . Turn and take your journey, and go to the mountains of the Amorites, to all the neighboring places in the plain, in the mountains and in the lowland, in the South and on the seacoast, to the land of the Canaanites and to Lebanon, as far as the great river, the River Euphrates. to the land of the Canaanites, and unto Lebanon--that is, Phoenicia, the country of Sidon, and the coast of the Mediterranean--from the Philistines to Lebanon. From reading only Numbers 13:2 it might seem that this plan to send spies into Canaan originated with God, not the people. Abbreviation: Deut. There was great reason for his dwelling on this dark passage in their history, as it was their unbelief that excluded them from the privilege of entering the promised land ( Hebrews 3:19 ); and that unbelief was a marvellous exhibition of human perversity, considering the miracles which God had wrought in their favor, especially in the daily manifestations they had of His presence among them as their leader and protector. KING JAMES VERSION (KJV) TRANSLATION, MEANING, CONTEXT. Do not fear or be discouraged: This encouragement was important because this was the critical moment for Israel. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. i. . Despite the fact we have seen that God’s word is true, we will not trust Him for great things in the future. Moses begins the recitation of all that befell Israel during forty years in the wilderness—The children of Israel are commanded to go into and possess Canaan—Judges and rulers are chosen to assist Moses—Israel’s spies bring an evil report—The adults of Israel will perish—The Amorites defeat the armies of Israel. That is the selfish demand of a short-sighted child, like the child who thinks mommy doesn’t love him because he can’t have all the candy he wants. Click to enable/disable _gid - Google Analytics Cookie. The command given them was to march straight to Canaan, and possess it [ Deuteronomy 1:7 ]. i. Galatians 4 and Hebrews 12 symbolically identify Mount Sinai with the Old Covenant of works and law. People often experience distress even while in the way of duty. The case that is too hard for you, bring to me, and I will hear it.’ And I commanded you at that time all the things which you should do.”. It was the exact word in the mouth of the ten fearful spies when they began to give an evil testimony to Israel (Numbers 13:28). The Command to Leave Horeb. The LORD your God, who goes before you, He will fight for you, according to all He did for you in Egypt before your eyes, and in the wilderness where you saw how the LORD your God carried you, as a man carries his son, in all the way that you went until you came to this place.’ Yet, for all that, you did not believe the LORD your God, who went in the way before you to search out a place for you to pitch your tents, to show you the way you should go, in the fire by night and in the cloud by day.”. Otherwise you will be prompted again when opening a new browser window or new a tab. The locale is indicated by the names of the most prominent places around it. Verses 26-40. Deuteronomy 1:6, KJV: "The LORD our God spake unto us in Horeb, saying, Ye have dwelt long enough in this mount:" c. Even you shall not go in there: Even Moses himself would not enter the Promised Land. (2 Peter 1:12). “The LORD our God spoke to us in Horeb, saying: ‘You have dwelt long enough at this mountain. 3 But forty years after the Israelites left Egypt, on the first day of the eleventh month, # 1:3 Hebrew In the fortieth year, on the first day of the eleventh month. “And everyone of you came near to me and said, ‘Let us send men before us, and let them search out the land for us, and bring back word to us of the way by which we should go up, and of the cities into which we shall come.’ The plan pleased me well; so I took twelve of your men, one man from each tribe.”. To get what Deuteronomy 1:16 means based on its source text, scroll down or follow these links for the original scriptural meaning , biblical context and relative popularity. Christians today also need to be persuaded of the love of God. However, the Numbers 10 account does not give us the details recorded here. He called on them to specifically remember God’s past faithfulness and consider that He was able to give them victory in the land of Canaan. Deuteronomy 1:5 "On this side Jordan, in the land of Moab, began Moses to declare this law, saying," Moses explains the “law” that God had already given them in the Books of Genesis through Numbers. i. Moses’ heart was heavy because he knew that he would not enter the Promised Land of Canaan with Israel. This is the Jordan valley from where you can see Suph. But we know that it was several years afterwards that Moses betrayed an unhappy spirit of distrust at the waters of strife ( Psalms 106:32 Psalms 106:33 ). c. After he had killed Sihon king of the Amorites… and Og king of Bashan: Israel’s great fear when they first came to Kadesh Barnea and the opportunity to enter the Promised Land was that they would be crushed by the military prowess of the Canaanites. Moses’ heart was passionate because he knew that if this new generation – a generation of faith, unlike the generation which perished in the wilderness – if this new generation did not obey the Law of God, then God’s covenant would work against them and curse them. As the children had not been partakers of the sinful outbreak, they were spared to obtain the privilege which their unbelieving parents had forfeited. e. Moses spoke to all Israel… in the wilderness: Deuteronomy is also a book of note, because it was a useful book of reminder and preparation for Jesus. So you remained in Kadesh many days, according to the days that you spent there.”. But this mention of the time was made to show that the great number of years spent in travelling from Horeb to the plain of Moab was not owing to the length of the way, but to a very different cause; namely, banishment for their apostasy and frequent rebellions. 22-33. ye came . Nevertheless: In this context, this is a haunting word. i. The Lord our God spake unto us in Horeb, saying, Ye have dwelt long enough in this mount--Horeb was the general name of a mountainous district; literally, "the parched" or "burnt region," whereas Sinai was the name appropriated to a particular peak About a year had been spent among the recesses of that wild solitude, in laying the foundation, under the immediate direction of God, of a new and peculiar community, as to its social, political, and, above all, religious character; and when this purpose had been accomplished, they were ordered to break up their encampment in Horeb. The name Deuteronomy means “second law.”. This is a terrible testimony. Then we came to Kadesh Barnea. 2. Tophel--identified as Tafyle or Tafeilah, lying between Bozrah and Kerak. (Romans 5:8) The death of Jesus for guilty sinners is the ultimate demonstration of God’s love; He can do nothing greater than what He has already done in Jesus. of who in that day had no knowledge between good and evil--All ancient versions read "to-day" instead of "that day"; and the sense is--"your children who now know," or "who know not as yet good or evil." All Israel — Namely, by the heads or elders of the several tribes, who were to communicate these discourses to all the people.. DEUTERONOMY 1 Other translations - next - notes - discussion - Deuteronomy - BM Home - Full Page Deuteronomy Chapter 1. Only Joshua could do that – and the Hebrew name Joshua exactly corresponds to the name Jesus. If you do not want that we track your visit to our site you can disable tracking in your browser here: We also use different external services like Google Webfonts, Google Maps, and external Video providers. 1. . God therefore saw through their shallow repentance. 1. I spake unto you at that time, saying, I am not able to bear you myself alone--a little before their arrival in Horeb. c. Turn and take your journey… See, I have set the land before you: Though it would be a challenge, God had set the Promised Land before Israel – and Moses here remembered when He spoke to them at Sinai and told them to move on and take the land. Many believers are hindered in their walk with God because they are not genuinely persuaded of the love of God for them. We should not think any less of it. Changes will take effect once you reload the page. We never outgrow our need to be reminded, as Peter said, I will not be negligent to remind you always of these things, though you know and are established in the present truth. God answered their unbelieving excuse by saying, “You will be killed, and your children will possess the land.”, i. But from Kadesh Barnea (the threshold of the Promised Land) back to Kadesh Barnea (back to the threshold of the Promised Land) took forty years. But the New Testament encourages us in similar words to Deuteronomy 31:6. Some of these places are unknown to us. MOSES' SPEECH AT THE END OF THE FORTIETH YEAR. iii. Israel’s sin could be covered through atoning sacrifice; but their unbelief and doubt of God’s love for them made them unable to trust God. Unbelief and lack of trust is the real enemy. Deuteronomy 1:1-46 . Was angry, and took an oath: In response to Israel’s unbelief and lack of trust in God’s love, God swore an oath (Psalm 95:11) that the adult generation which came out of Egypt would not inherit the Promised Land, but would die in the desolate wilderness instead. The only exceptions mentioned are Caleb and Joshua, who was to be Moses' successor. They shall not require payment from anyone among their own people, because the LORD’s time for canceling debts has been proclaimed. 37. i. God’s word was true on that point. mount Seir--the mountainous country of Edom. And the plan pleased me well: Moses must have had regret as he remembered this. 28:18–20), for Jesus is with us (Matt. God's ways are not as man's ways [ Isaiah 55:8 Isaiah 55:9 ]. Click to enable/disable _gat_* - Google Analytics Cookie. d. Joshua… he shall cause Israel to inherit it: As great as Moses was (and truly, he was one of the giants of the Bible), he could not and would not lead Israel into the Promised Land. He owns the fulfilment of God's promise to Abraham, and prays for the further accomplishment of it. A General Summary. Abraham was told ( Genesis 15:5 Genesis 15:6 ) to look to the stars, and though they "appear" innumerable, yet those seen by the naked eye amount, in reality, to no more than three thousand ten in both hemispheres. 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