On Deuteronomy

Deuteronomy is the best book of the Old Testament.

Some thoughts,

My OT professor, Roger Cotton, once told his class the following.

“The heart of the Old Testament (Tanakh) is the law. And the heart of the law is Deuteronomy. If we understand Deuteronomy, we will understand why the prophets rebuked Israel and the nations,” we will understand why David sang, we will understand why Israel responded the way she did to Jericho, Ai, Egypt, the Amorites, and the Amalekites. We will understand also why God used Assyria, Babylon, Persia, and the Greeks.

My best friend once said “if you want to understand the blessings [of God through obedience] and the curses [that God allows through disobedience], you need intimate knowledge of Deuteronomy.”

The church does not understand grace to an extent, because the church does not understand the work of obedience, and the standards of the law. The law is our schoolmaster to bring us to Christ.

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