Traditionally, the book of Deuteronomy was read orally to the people of Israel during the Feast of Tabernacles. There was a command to read it every seven years so each generation would be versed in the laws of the land. But what is the significance for Christians? You may be surprised to learn that while being tempted by Satan, Jesus countered Satan’s insinuations with the phrase, “It is written.” Then Jesus proceeded to quote from the book of Deuteronomy as his authoritative source for setting priorities and determining what was true.
Deuteronomy was a summarization and recapitulation of all the salient point of God’s law – his way of living. It was given to the people and recorded just before they passed over the Jordan into their new promised land. Jesus, the disciples, and apostles all cited the book of Deuteronomy as rock-solid evidence of God’s expectations. It was this book of the law that provided instructions in determining right from wrong.
Christians would find their spiritual life reinvigorated by knowing the teachings in Deuteronomy and how they applied to life in Jesus’ time. And still today it provides us with a target to help us do what is right and thus avoid sin. It also provides wisdom to help us know the mind of God on matters spiritual or mundane. Learn more about the New testament writers and how they used the book of Deuteronomy to preach the gospel message.
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It is God’s spirit that leads us into all truth as we read his word.