Read 47.) Deuteronomy 4:44 thru 8:20. As 1:1 thru 4:40 was Moses’ first farewell address to Israel, so, with 4:44, we commence a second farewell address. Deuteronomy chapter 5 contains its own wealth and richness. In it, we have the second giving of The 10 Commandments of the Lord from Sinai, which had been first delivered in Exodus 20, forty years before. That first time, it was proclaimed unto Israel by God, Himself, says 5:22 and Exodus 20:1. Verse 29 is sad, in that God already knew, and foretold unto Moses, that Israel would stray from Him; and is that 5th prophecy concerning Israel‘s next 1,000 years of recorded history in the Bible. Then, in chapter 6, we have some of the most important words of scripture, and what is called The First and Greatest Commandment, in the Shema of verses 4 and 5. The name for the verse, the Shema, is from the first word of the command, meaning ‘Hear’. It is ‘Listen‘. It is ‘pay particularly close attention’! Love the Lord with all your heart, soul and strength! And, with verses 6 thru 9, we are to always be about the Lord, as Prov.3:5+6 express… ‘In all your ways, acknowledge Him‘! The entire rest of chapter 6 follows in that vein for strong emphasis. And, it in no way stops there….
Continuing this farewell address in chapter 7, Moses stresses, in verse 2, that which was an either/or threat or curse found in Numbers 33:55+56. Recall the things we read here, as they comprise the future prophetic course of the nation, proving the existence of this One, True and Living God, as well as the Bible being a faithful record, and God’s Word. Note this too: There is a true Prosperity Gospel in the Bible, but it is not in the New Testament covenant, and it is not for Christian believers today! The real prosperity promises were given by God unto Israel only, and we find them plainly with 7:11 thru 26. God promised Israel wealth, health and victory in battle, IF they would be faithful unto Him! These are not promises unto us today… sorry! Finally, with chapter 8, we have this incredible expression about how we do not live on food alone, but by God’s every Word. He gives us our food, and life! We, in turn, must remember Him, fear Him, and love Him. We express all this by obeying and revering Him. Verse 18 holds a great thought, it is God who gives you the ability to produce any wealth at all! Chapter 8 ends on a hard note, however, and is directly related to the 5th and the 6th prophecies concerning Israel. Israel will forget the Lord, and Israel will follow other gods… and, that will result in Israel being destroyed of the Lord. This, too, is part of what the Book is all about!
Harold F Crowell