Deuteronomy Chapter 1
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3 And it came to pass in the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first day of the month, that Moses spake unto the children of Israel, according unto all that the LORD had given him in commandment unto them;
7 Turn you, and take your journey, and go to the mount of the Amorites, and unto all the places nigh thereunto, in the plain, in the hills, and in the vale, and in the south, and by the sea side, to the land of the Canaanites, and unto Lebanon, unto the great river, the river Euphrates.
15 So I took the chief of your tribes, wise men, and known, and made them heads over you, captains over thousands, and captains over hundreds, and captains over fifties, and captains over tens, and officers among your tribes.
17 Ye shall not respect persons in judgment; but ye shall hear the small as well as the great; ye shall not be afraid of the face of man; for the judgment is God's: and the cause that is too hard for you, bring it unto me, and I will hear it.
19 And when we departed from Horeb, we went through all that great and terrible wilderness, which ye saw by the way of the mountain of the Amorites, as the LORD our God commanded us; and we came to Kadeshbarnea.
22 And ye came near unto me every one of you, and said, We will send men before us, and they shall search us out the land, and bring us word again by what way we must go up, and into what cities we shall come.
28 Whither shall we go up? our brethren have discouraged our heart, saying, The people is greater and taller than we; the cities are great and walled up to heaven; and moreover we have seen the sons of the Anakims there.
39 Moreover your little ones, which ye said should be a prey, and your children, which in that day had no knowledge between good and evil, they shall go in thither, and unto them will I give it, and they shall possess it.
41 Then ye answered and said unto me, We have sinned against the LORD, we will go up and fight, according to all that the LORD our God commanded us. And when ye had girded on every man his weapons of war, ye were ready to go up into the hill.
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Matthew Henry's Deuteronomy Chapter 1 Bible commentary...
This book repeats much of the history and of the laws contained in the three foregoing books: Moses delivered it to Israel a little before his death, both by word of mouth, that it might affect, and by writing, that it might abide. The men of that generation to which the law was first given were all dead, and a new generation was sprung up, to whom God would have it repeated by Moses himself, now they were going to possess the land of Canaan. The wonderful love of God to his church is set forth in this book; how he ever preserved his church for his own mercies sake, and would still have his name called upon among them. Such are the general outlines of this book, the whole of which shows Moses' love for Israel, and marks him an eminent type of the Lord Jesus Christ. Let us apply the exhortations and persuasions to our own consciences, to excite our minds to a believing, grateful obedience to the commands of God.The words Moses spake to Israel in the plains of Moab, The promise of Canaan. (1-8) Judges provided for the people. (9-18) Of the sending the spies-God's anger for their unbelief and disobedience. (19-46)1-8 Moses spake to the people all the Lord had given him in commandment. Horeb was but eleven days distant from Kadesh-barnea. This was to remind them that their own bad conduct had occasioned their tedious wanderings; that they might the more readily understand the advantages of obedience. They must now go forward. Though God brings his people into trouble and affliction, he knows when they have been tried long enough. When God commands us to go forward in our Christian course, he sets the heavenly Canaan before us for our encouragement.
9-18 Moses reminds the people of the happy constitution of their government, which might make them all safe and easy, if it was not their own fault. He owns the fulfilment of God's promise to Abraham, and prays for the further accomplishment of it. We are not straitened in the power and goodness of God; why should we be straitened in our own faith and hope? Good laws were given to the Israelites, and good men were to see to the execution of them, which showed God's goodness to them, and the care of Moses.
19-46 Moses reminds the Israelites of their march from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea, through that great and terrible wilderness. He shows how near they were to a happy settlement in Canaan. It will aggravate the eternal ruin of hypocrites, that they were not far from the kingdom of God. As if it were not enough that they were sure of their God before them, they would send men before them. Never any looked into the Holy Land, but they must own it to be a good land. And was there any cause to distrust this God? An unbelieving heart was at the bottom of all this. All disobedience to God's laws, and distrust of his power and goodness, flow from disbelief of his word, as all true obedience springs from faith. It is profitable for us to divide our past lives into distinct periods; to give thanks to God for the mercies we have received in each, to confess and seek the forgiveness of all the sins we can remember; and thus to renew our acceptance of God's salvation, and our surrender of ourselves to his service. Our own plans seldom avail to good purpose; while courage in the exercise of faith, and in the path of duty, enables the believer to follow the Lord fully, to disregard all that opposes, to triumph over all opposition, and to take firm hold upon the promised blessings.
Mas's Deuteronomy Chapter 1 comment on 2/07/2013, 4:05am...
Thatís our perception as human beings in our limitations. But God is above all and knows all. The Bible here is just telling this round, but no one knows how did those people get that land.
God knew the practices of those people, their practices were bad in Godís sovereign sight. God knew they were getting worse and worse, so He took the resolve to remove them from that land. But not before they reached unacceptable levels, Genesis 15:16.
And that is not because He liked Israel and disliked those people. But because of their misdeeds. God does not choose people; ďÖGod is no respecter of persons: But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.ĒActs 10:34-35.
The proof is that Israel himself got corrupt in the course of time and ultimately suffered same consequences. Because there is no preference with God.
We judge about what we know, unfortunately we donít know all. So letís listen to God who knows everything.
God bless you.
Sincere's Deuteronomy Chapter 1 comment on 2/06/2013, 9:17pm...
This is so pathetic. How can God or anyone else condone a landless group going into a land already possessed? Sounds like something some landless people made up to justify pillage.
Annie's Deuteronomy Chapter 1 comment on 1/08/2013, 4:33pm...
Thank god for the welfare for my kids.
Anonymous's Deuteronomy Chapter 1 comment about verse 2 on 1/07/2013, 5:21am...
The journey of eleven days took forty years! God, help.
Ty Tucker's Deuteronomy Chapter 1 comment on 11/19/2012, 4:02pm...
Wow, I love all the response here. God is so awesome, knowing and having revelation of his will and divine purpose. It's all about self surrender of all of our will to his purpose.
BTW's Deuteronomy Chapter 1 comment on 9/01/2012, 12:55am...
My question is why is there so much violence and hatred in gods commandments. Why doesn't god just come forth and wipe them out. Why doesn't he just appear himself? Doesn't make sense to me.
Chris's Deuteronomy Chapter 1 comment on 8/15/2012, 4:33am...
To summarize Deuteronomy in one sentence, Trust and obey GOD.
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