Kitchen Table Theology

158 Bible Overview: Deuteronomy

June 18, 2023 Pastor Jeff Cranston Episode 158
Kitchen Table Theology
158 Bible Overview: Deuteronomy
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Are you curious about the relevance of the Old Testament book of Deuteronomy in our modern lives?

Unraveling the layers of Deuteronomy, hosts Tiffany Coker and Pastor Jeff Cranston shed light on Moses' prophetic words, which foreshadowed Jesus' ultimate sacrifice on the cross.  They explore the importance of remembering God, recognizing the significance of obedience preceding blessing, and fostering a loving relationship with God through Christ. Hosts also discuss how striving to keep the Mosaic Law perfectly is an impossible task without the intervention of Christ.

Don't miss this opportunity to uncover the timeless truths within the book of Deuteronomy and discover how they can impact and resonate with our lives today.

[00:04 - 09:30] Exploring Deuteronomy: Reflecting on Forgotten Truths and Harvard's Evolution

  • Pastor Jeff Cranston expresses a personal affinity for Deuteronomy, considering it one of their favorite books
  • The statement is made that truth and principle can be forgotten over time, prompting reflection and discussion
  • Personal examples are shared to illustrate how truths and principles learned in the past can fade from memory without consistent reinforcement
  • The historical context of Harvard's founding is explained, highlighting the need for trained clergy in the new colonies
  • The evolution of Harvard's identity and departure from its original mission is discussed, emphasizing the potential forgetting of truth and principle over time

[09:31 - 18:19] Deuteronomy: Reminding Israel of God's Law, Power, and Promises

  • Moses wrote the book of Deuteronomy to remind the new generation of Israelites about God's law, power, and past deeds before they entered the promised land.
  • The name "Deuteronomy" comes from two Greek words meaning "second law," emphasizing that it is a review and reminder of the previous books of the Pentateuch
  • Chapters 1-4 recap God's faithfulness, holiness, blessings, and warnings. Chapters 5-26 repeat the laws and commandments, promising blessings for obedience and curses for disobedience
  • Chapters 27-34 focus on readiness for the future, with a theme of blessing and cursing. Moses commissions Joshua, records a song, blesses the tribes, and experiences his own death on Mount Nebo
  • Important verses include Deuteronomy 4:2, emphasizing the importance of keeping God's commands without adding or subtracting from them, and Deuteronomy 6, which instructs parents to train their children in the ways of the Lord
  • The book of Deuteronomy holds great importance for the second generation of Israelites as they prepare to enter the promised land under the leadership of Joshua, marking a significant transition for the entire nation

  • [18:20 - 27:44] The Theological Tapestry of Deuteronomy
  • Israel's selection as a special people foreshadows Christ's choosing of believers
  • Reflecting on God's past acts provides hope for the future
  • Blessings flow from obedience and faithfulness to God
  • Moses passed the mantle to Joshua as he prophesied the coming of the Messiah and the Great Commission


"A great way to keep going forward is to take some time to look back and see what God has done." - Pastor Jeff Cranston


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