- Devarim-Hebrew for Deuteronomy.
- Means “The Word”.
Deut.1: 41-45“Then you answered and said to me, ‘We have sinned against YHWH, we will go up and fight, according to all that YHWH our Elohim commanded us.’ And you girded on every man his weapons of war, and went forward to go up into the hill-country.42 And YHWH said to me, ‘Say to them, “Go not up, neither fight; for I am not among you; lest you be smitten before your enemies.”’43 “So I spoke to you, and you listened not; but you rebelled against the commandment of Yahweh, and were presumptuous, and went up into the hill-country.44 And the Amorites, that dwelt in that hill-country, came out against you, and chased you, as bees do, and beat you down in Seir, even to Hormah.45 And you returned and wept before Yahweh; but Yahweh listened not to your voice, nor gave ear to you.”• Going into His Land without His direction is disastrous.
- After attempting to do this on their own, and being soundly defeated, they returned to Yahweh and wept before Him. But He would not listen to their voice. After all, why should He listen to their voice when they had refused to listen to His Voice?
- Do we expect Yahweh to jump at our every prayer?
- What right do we have to expect such a thing?
- Is He not the Master and we His servants?
- Shouldn’t we be the ones that jump when He speaks?
- To be sure we need to act upon His commandments in a timely manner so that it does not hinder the flow of His blessings.
- Moshe also reminds them of the different kings (people groups) that they defeated and which ones that they were not to harass. These are found in chapters two and three.
The Cycle of Hardness of Heart.
Deut.1:32 “Yet in this thing you did not believe Yahweh your Elohim.”• Yahweh had Moshe speak these words to instruct us in righteousness. Hebrew.3:19 And so we see that they were not able to enter because of unbelief.
- What caused them to not be able to enter into the Land?
- Scripture teaches us it was because
- of their unbelief.
Hebrews.4:6 Since therefore it remains for some to enter it, and those who formerly had good news preached to them failed to enter because of disobedience.• It is the mind of man that controls his actions.
- As he thinks in his heart, so is he.
- If a person refuses to believe what YAhweh has said (shema His Voice), then the resulting action will naturally be disobedience.
- Unbelief will always result in
- Disobedience will always result in more unbelief.
- This cycle can only be broken in one way – true repentance.
- When a person truly repents of his unbelieving Torah-breaking disobedience, then he will begin to believe what YHWH has spoken and the result will be Torah-keeping (obedience).
- This is also a cycle, a good cycle. As unbelief results in disobedience, likewise true belief in Him results in obedience to Him.
- This, of course, results in more belief, which results in more
- Which cycle are you in, the cycle of hardening or the cycle of brokenness (obedience)?
1Co.10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.
- The example that was recorded for our instruction is an example of what not to do.
- In that previous generation they did not believe Yahweh, nor obey His Voice.
- We are not to follow that example.
- We are to hear and obey His Voice.
- It is only in this way that we will be able to enter into the Land and occupy it.
- “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.”
- Are there ways in which you are aware of that you are not living in obedience to Him?
- Are you one of those who looks for ways to get out of doing His commandments?
- Who seeks to find Scriptures so that you do not have to obey His Voice?
James.1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.