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The Covenant Renewed in Moab
In 1406 BC the Forty Years of wandering in the wilderness are over:
Aaron died 1st Av 1406 BC buried on Mt. Hor
Moses gave his instructions in Moab
Moses died 7th Adar 1406 BC buried – the same day as his birth.
- Forty is the symbolic number of “Time for a Change”: A few examples:
- It rained 40 days and 40 nights during the great worldwide flood
- The Spies return from Caanan after 40 days of spying out the land of Canaan
- Saul ruled for 40 years
- David ruled for 40 years
- Solomon ruled for 40 years
- The Hebrews wandered in the wilderness 40 years
- Jesus was tempted in the wilderness 40 days
- Jesus shows Himself 40 days after his resurrection until His ascension
Deuteronomy 29:1 These are the words of the covenant which the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) commanded Moses to make with the children of Israel in the land of Moab, besides the covenant which He made with them in Horeb.
Deuteronomy 29:2 Now Moses called all Israel and said to them: “You have seen all that the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) did before your eyes in the land of Egypt, to Pharaoh and to all his servants and to all his land—
Deuteronomy 29:3 the great trials which your eyes have seen, the signs, and those great wonders.
Deuteronomy 29:4 Yet the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) has not given you a heart to perceive (understand or know) and eyes to see and ears to hear, to this very day.
- Forty years later, they have been witnesses to unimaginable miracles, and they still don’t “get it!”
Deuteronomy 29:5 And I have led you forty years in the wilderness. Your clothes have not worn out on you, and your sandals have not worn out on your feet.
- God miraculously brought the Hebrews through the wilderness for forty years without their clothes wearing out.
- In scripture, a man’s body is compared to a tent, a temporal body as fragile as fabric and which will someday wear out.
- Man is a spiritual being clothed in a temporary tent. We are “nomads”, taking our tents wherever we go.
- Can God lead us many years through this wilderness called life and preserve our tents so that they do not wear out prematurely?
- Does not God hold the very breath of our bodies in His hand?
- Consider the outcome of the last King of Babylon:
- Daniel 5:23 And you have lifted yourself up against the Lord of heaven. They have brought the vessels of His house before you, and you and your lords, your wives and your concubines, have drunk wine from them. And you have praised the gods of silver and gold, bronze and iron, wood and stone, which do not see or hear or know; and the God who holds your breath in His hand and owns all your ways, you have not glorified…30 That very night Belshazzar, king of the Chaldeans, was slain.
- Job 12:10 In whose hand is the life of every living thing, And the breath of all mankind?
- Consider the outcome of the last King of Babylon:
- God is a rewarder of those who seek Him earnestly and He listens to outrageous requests. My prayer is that God will keep my tent from wearing out as I commit my life to serving Him.
Deuteronomy 29:6 You have not eaten bread, nor have you drunk wine or similar drink, that you may know that I am the Lord your God (Yᵊhōvâ ‘ĕlōhîm).
Deuteronomy 29:7 And when you came to this place, Sihon king of Heshbon and Og king of Bashan came out against us to battle, and we conquered them.
1407 BC Last Giant on Earth dies, King Og.
Deuteronomy 29:8 We took their land and gave it as an inheritance to the Reubenites, to the Gadites, and to half the tribe of Manasseh.
Deuteronomy 29:9 Therefore keep the words of this covenant, and do them, that you may prosper in all that you do.
Deuteronomy 29:10 “All of you stand today before the Lord your God (Yᵊhōvâ ‘ĕlōhîm): your leaders and your tribes and your elders and your officers, all the men of Israel,
Deuteronomy 29:11 your little ones and your wives—also the stranger who is in your camp, from the one who cuts your wood to the one who draws your water—
Deuteronomy 29:12 that you may enter into covenant with the Lord your God (Yᵊhōvâ ‘ĕlōhîm), and into His oath, which the Lord your God (Yᵊhōvâ ‘ĕlōhîm) makes with you today,
- God institutes a covenant with the Hebrews
Deuteronomy 29:13 that He may establish you today as a people for Himself, and that He may be God (ĕlōhîm) to you, just as He has spoken to you, and just as He has sworn to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
Deuteronomy 29:14 “I make this covenant and this oath, not with you alone,
Deuteronomy 29:15 but with him who stands here with us today before the Lord our God (Yᵊhōvâ ‘ĕlōhîm), as well as with him who is not here with us today
Deuteronomy 29:16 [for you know that we dwelt in the land of Egypt and that we came through the nations which you passed by,
Deuteronomy 29:17 and you saw their abominations (detestable things) and their idols which were among them—wood and stone and silver and gold];
Deuteronomy 29:18 so that there may not be among you man or woman or family or tribe, whose heart turns away today from the Lord our God (Yᵊhōvâ ‘ĕlōhîm), to go and serve the gods (‘ĕlōhîm) of these nations, and that there may not be among you a root bearing bitterness or wormwood;
Deuteronomy 29:19 and so it may not happen, when he hears the words of this curse, that he blesses himself in his heart, saying, ‘I shall have peace, even though I follow the dictates of my heart’ (walk in the stubbornness or imagination)—as though the drunkard could be included with the sober.
Deuteronomy 29:20 “The Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) would not spare him; for then the anger of the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) and His jealousy would burn against that man, and every curse that is written in this book would settle on him, and the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) would blot out his name from under heaven.
Deuteronomy 29:21 And the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) would separate him from all the tribes of Israel for adversity, according to all the curses of the covenant that are written in this Book of the Law,
Deuteronomy 29:22 so that the coming generation of your children who rise up after you, and the foreigner who comes from a far land, would say, when they see the plagues of that land and the sicknesses which the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) has laid on it:
Deuteronomy 29:23 ‘The whole land is brimstone, salt, and burning; it is not sown, nor does it bear, nor does any grass grow there, like the overthrow of Sodom and Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboiim, which the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) overthrew in His anger and His wrath.’
Deuteronomy 29:24 All nations would say, ‘Why has the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) done so to this land? What does the heat of this great anger mean?’
Deuteronomy 29:25 Then people would say: ‘Because they have forsaken the covenant of the Lord God (Yᵊhōvâ ‘ĕlōhîm) of their fathers, which He made with them when He brought them out of the land of Egypt;
Deuteronomy 29:26 for they went and served other gods (‘ĕlōhîm) and worshiped them, gods (‘ĕlōhîm) that they did not know and that He had not given to them.
- Isaiah 44:6 “Thus says the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ), the King of Israel, Redeemer, the Lord of hosts (Yᵊhōvâ ṣāḇā’): ‘I am the First and I am the Last; Besides Me there is no God (‘ĕlōhîm).
8 Is there a God (‘ĕlôha ie Son of God) besides Me? Indeed there is no other Rock; I know not one.’ ” ”
[‘ĕlôha is the singular form of ‘ĕlōhîm: ‘ĕlōhîm is the triune Godhead. ‘ĕlôha is the Son of God: the First and the Last. The Rock also is the Son of God: See Topic: Jesus as a Rock and a Stone]
- Revelation 2:8 “‘These things says the First and the Last, who was dead, and came to life:
- Revelation 22:13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.”
Deuteronomy 29:27 Then the anger of the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) was aroused against this land, to bring on it every curse that is written in this book.
Deuteronomy 29:28 And the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) uprooted them from their land in anger, in wrath, and in great indignation, and cast them into another land, as it is this day.’
Deuteronomy 29:29 “The secret things belong to the Lord our God (Yᵊhōvâ ‘ĕlōhîm), but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.
- “The secret things” include the mystery of the Grace Age church for the Gentiles and with Jewish exceptions (because the Jews are blinded in part) as described by Paul.
- God reveals that which He wishes to reveal – to those whom He chooses to reveal it to.
- “The secret things” are things hidden in the “darkness”, a place that man cannot see unless God sheds light on it.
- Consider Cyrus:
- Isaiah 45:1 “Thus says the Lord to His anointed, To Cyrus, (Cyrus did not know God…but God knew Cyrus!) … 3 I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden riches of secret places, That you may know that I, the Lord, Who call you by your name, Am the God of Israel.
- Cyrus conquered Babylon because he saw something no other conqueror had seen. See: Daniel Chapter Five
- Consider Cyrus:
- What secret/hidden thing could change your life for the better? Would you see it? Do you have eyes to see and ears to hear?