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Deuteronomy 31:14-29: The LORD gives Moses final instructions and foretells that Israel will become unfaithful. Moses charges the Levitical priests with custodial responsibility for the book of God’s Law.
The Lord’s Last Instructions to Moses
14 Then the Lord said to Moses, “You do not have much longer to live. Call Joshua and bring him to the Tent, so that I may give him his instructions.” Moses and Joshua went to the Tent, 15 and the Lord appeared to them there in a pillar of cloud that stood by the door of the Tent.
16 The Lord said to Moses, “You will soon die, and after your death the people will become unfaithful to me and break the covenant that I made with them. They will abandon me and worship the pagan gods of the land they are about to enter. 17 When that happens, I will become angry with them; I will abandon them, and they will be destroyed. Many terrible disasters will come upon them, and then they will realize that these things are happening to them because I, their God, am no longer with them. 18 And I will refuse to help them then, because they have done evil and worshiped other gods.
19 “Now, write down this song. Teach it to the people of Israel, so that it will stand as evidence against them. 20 I will take them into this rich and fertile land, as I promised their ancestors. There they will have all the food they want, and they will live comfortably. But they will turn away and worship other gods. They will reject me and break my covenant, 21 and many terrible disasters will come on them. But this song will still be sung, and it will stand as evidence against them. Even now, before I take them into the land that I promised to give them, I know what they are thinking.”
22 That same day Moses wrote down the song and taught it to the people of Israel.
23 Then the Lord spoke to Joshua son of Nun and told him, “Be confident and determined. You will lead the people of Israel into the land that I promised them, and I will be with you.”
24 Moses wrote God’s Law in a book, taking care not to leave out anything. 25 When he finished, he said to the levitical priests, who were in charge of the Lord’s Covenant Box, 26 “Take this book of God’s Law and place it beside the Covenant Box of the Lord your God, so that it will remain there as a witness against his people. 27 I know how stubborn and rebellious they are. They have rebelled against the Lord during my lifetime, and they will rebel even more after I am dead. 28 Assemble all your tribal leaders and officials before me, so that I can tell them these things; I will call heaven and earth to be my witnesses against them. 29 I know that after my death the people will become wicked and reject what I have taught them. And in time to come they will meet with disaster, because they will have made the Lord angry by doing what he has forbidden.”
Today’s Key Verse: Deuteronomy 31:26
[Moses said to the priests:] “Take this book of God’s Law and place it beside the Covenant Box of the LORD your God, so that it will remain there as a witness against his people.”
How is Israel’s future described in verses 16-21? What do these verses teach you about God? (The song mentioned in verse 19 will be part of the readings the next two days.) In verse 23, what assurance is given to Joshua? (Similar assurance is given in Joshua 1:5-9.) In what ways do you experience the assurance of God’s faithfulness?
Almighty God, you are faithful and true, and you always do what is right and fair. May I obey your teachings each day and remember to praise you and speak of your greatness. Amen.
Deuteronomy 31:30—32:27: Moses recites a song to all the people of Israel.