In the final book of the Torah, Deuteronomy, Moses gives a final speech to the people of Israel before they enter the Promised Land. Here, in this final speech, Moses pleads with the people to be different than those who came before them. He promises them that if they listen to God, love God, and love one another, they will receive all of the blessings that God has promised.
Moses dies at the end of Deuteronomy, but the speech he gives in this book serves as an exclamation point for the Torah and sets the scene for how the nation of Israel will go on to carry out God’s ultimate plan – the salvation of all mankind.
- Moses addressed his words to “all Israel” at least twelve times. This phrase emphasized the nation’s unity, initiated by their covenant with God at Mount Sinai and forged in the wilderness.
- Unlike the unconditional covenant God made with Abraham, the covenant between Yahweh and Israel was bilateral—a two-way street. God would keep His promise to bless the nation if the people remained faithful.
- The adult Israelites were too young to have participated in the first covenant ceremony at Mount Sinai. Therefore, Moses reviewed the Law at the doorstep to the Promised Land, urging this new generation to re-covenant with Yahweh, to recommit themselves to His ways.
- Our relationship with God is to be marked by faithfulness, loyalty, love, and devotion. Think of an ideal marriage—that’s the picture of how God wants us to cling to Him (Ephesians 5:28–32).
Talk About It:
- Any “ah-ha” thoughts from the video?
- What are areas in your life do you have a hard time remaining faithful to Jesus?
- Have you heard the word Shemah before? What does it mean
- Are we being obedient and following God’s desire for our life? Why or why not?
- God promises to transform our hearts, are you letting Him?
The Bible Project: The Torah Series