Nov. 19. More Closing Thoughts

Deut. 4:1-43

In continuing his summation of the events leading up to their entrance to the Promised Land, Moses reiterated the importance of obeying God’s commands. “You shall not add to the word which I command you, nor take from it…” He also reminded them of the necessity of teaching those commands to their children.

Moses also reminded the Israelites of God’s dislike of idol worship as that of Baal of Peor and other gods. They were not to worship any carved image of any man, animal or inanimate thing, including the sun, moon or stars. God is the true God. No idol god is capable of performing the great things that they had seen in their deliverance from Egypt and sojourn in the wilderness. He warned them of the consequences of such idolatry.

The children of Israel were a special chosen group of people. Moses pointed out the many blessings that they had enjoyed within their covenant relationship with God. However, if they were to turn from Him, His wrath would come upon them. We know that on many occasions, they did turn from God and were severely punished. When they repented, He took them back and blessed them.