Turn and Take Your Journey
Pastor Tony Chute
Overview: The Book of Deuteronomy is both a historical narrative and collection of final speeches by Moses as Israel prepares to enter the Promised Land. In the first chapter, Moses announces that the time has come to leave Mount Horeb and begin the journey to Palestine in order to fulfill God’s promise to the patriarchs. Moses recounts God’s faithfulness in multiplying the people of Israel, consequently requiring various levels of leadership to guide them. Despite the promise of God and encouragement from their leaders, the people of Israel refused to go forward, thus incurring the wrath of God and resulting in decades of wilderness wanderings. Moses then recalls how Israel made their way to the present location, cooperating with others when they could and conquering those who opposed them. Their experiences together, both good and bad, heightened their desire to enter the Promised Land, thereby providing a pattern of bonding for the church to follow.