Read 66.) Deuteronomy 29:1 thru 31:29. As we come to the end of Moses’ life and ministry, we read of amazing things. From the first verses of chapter 29, we learn of Israel’s spiritual deafness and blindness for the previous 40 years. God had redeemed them for His own, but they were in desperate need of His Holy Spirit in order to ‘see’ and ‘hear’. We are no different, or any better. We must see and hear, but it can only come by God’s Spirit. And, again, in verse 9, is the promise of blessing and prosperity; but beginning with verse 19, it goes back to the curses, and speaks to The 5th and 6th Prophecies concerning Israel. Those are the prophecies of Israel’s unfaithfulness, and of Israel’s destruction and removal from the Promised Land. See how these 2, and The 7th and Final Prophecy, are the prominent theme of these closing passages of Moses’ writings and life.
Beginning in chapter 30, we see this Final Prophecy. What is it about? We begin with a very brief and quick review. First, Israel will be blessed. This is the prophecy of their going in and taking the Promised Land. Next, comes the curses, but these will be preceded by Israel’s unfaithfulness and their breaking of the covenant with God. Then, will come all the curses that we have read of unto them as a nation. This was to result in their destruction and removal from out of the land. However, this is not where Israel’s, or God’s Story, is going to end! Beginning at verse 2, we read, “and when…,” and verse 3 begins, “then….” When Israel repents and turns back to God wholeheartedly, then God will act on their behalf, and this will result in their restoration back into the Promised Land. That is The 7th and Final Prophecy concerning Israel. The giving of 7 Promises and Prophecies, and the history of the fulfillment of six of them, is the record of the Hebrew Bible, our Old Testament. The 4 Gospel accounts of the New Testament is the record of the fulfillment of the Promise of Messiah, completing the fulfillment of all 7 promises and prophecies by God. Verse 6 is the promise of Israel’s ultimate salvation, commencing the 1,000 year Millennial Kingdom, when Jesus Returns for the second time, at the very end of the Tribulation. The chapter ends, with verses 11 thru 20, with another urgent plea to remain faithful unto the Lord and to obey Him. Where will this go? Chapter 31 tells us.
Chapter 31 leaves us with no doubt or question. The first 4 prophecies were land, descendants, Messiah and captivity. Descendants and captivity have been fulfilled. The land was about to be taken. This would only leave Messiah. But, with these chapters, we learn of 3 new prophecies. Israel will be 5.) unfaithful, 6.) be removed, but ultimately 7.) restored. Verses 16 thru 20 cement these. It is God who tells Moses what is going to be happening next, and it is the Hebrew Bible record of Israel’s actual history, ending with the prophet, Malachi, for all of the next 1,000 years! As from Exodus 2:11, we have been reading a first-hand, eye-witness account; so here, from verses 9 & 24, we are told that he is the writer of all the contents of these books, as well. It’s what the Book is all about!
Harold F Crowell