Study Guide

Book of Deuteronomy Chapter 11

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Chapter 11

Obey or Beware

  • Time for some more remembering what the Lord did.
  • The Promised Land is not like Egypt. In the Promised Land, there's rain. That's a huge deal, since the Egyptians depended on the Nile for water. And water meant life.
  • Of course, the writers link weather patterns with God. If the people disobey, God will withhold rain from them.
  • Looking for a recap of 6:6-9? You've come to the right place. Yeah, we know. Deuteronomy is a bit redundant, but it definitely helps us remember the stuff.
  • If the people obey the "entire commandment," God will drive out the other nations. Moses even gives us pretty specific parameters of the land they'll have (22-25).
  • Deuteronomy believes in The Doctrine of the Two Ways, and it's pretty clearly stated here: Those who obey God are blessed and those who don't are cursed. These verses foreshadow 27:11 where half of the tribes stand on Mt. Gerizim to pronounce blessings, and half stand on Mt. Ebal to pronounce curses (26-31). 
  • Interested in learning more about The Doctrine of the Two Ways? Wander on over to "Theological Point of View." Just don't get lost in the wilderness for 40 years.

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