Application of Deuteronomy 1) Since we are under the new covenant of grace, what is our relationship to the blessings and curses set forth in Deuteronomy? Read Hebrews 8-10.
2) What kind of allegiance does God call for from Israel? Do you think He expects anything less form the church, the body of the Lord Jesus Christ? Do you think grace allows to continue in sin and disobedience without any consequences or chastening from the father?
3) What have you learned regarding the long-suffering of God and His gracious ways with His covenant people?
4) How does a follower of God demonstrate his love for the Lord?
Deuteronomy Themes of Application
Moses reviewed the mighty acts of God whereby he liberated Israel from slavery in Egypt. He recounted how God had helped them and how the people had disobeyed.
Be reviewing God’s promises and mighty acts in history, we can learn about his character. We come to know God more intimately through understanding how he has acted in the past. We can also avoid mistakes in our own lives through learning from Israel’s past failures.
God reviewed his laws for the people. The legal contract between God and his people had to be renewed by the new generation about to enter the Promised Land.
Commitment to God and his truth cannot be taken for granted. Each generation and each person must respond afresh to God’s call for obedience.
God’s faithful and patient love is portrayed more often than his punishment. God shows his love by being faithful to his people and his promise. In response, God desires love from the heart, not merely a legalistic keeping of his law.
God’s love forms the foundation for our trust in him. We trust him because he loves us. Because God love us, we should maintain maintain justice and respect.
God reminded his people that in order to ratify his covenant, they must choose the path of obedience. A personal decision to obey would bring benefits to their lives; rebellion would bring severe calamity.
Our choices make a difference. Choosing to follow God benefits us and improves our relationships with others. Choosing to abandon God’s ways brings harm to ourselves and others.
God commanded the Israelites to teach their children his ways. They were to use ritual, instruction, and memorization to make sure their children understood God’s principles and passed them on to the next generation.
Quality teaching for our children must be a priority. It is important to pass on God’s truth to future generations in our traditions. But God desires that his truth be in our hearts and minds and not merely in our traditions.