After what seems like forever, I have finally finished Deuteronomy. Deuteronomy is the fifth book in the Bible. The meaning of its name is “second.” Basically, the book of Deuteronomy is the story of the Israelites messing up, but God still showing compassion and giving them a second chance.
It took me a ridiculously long time to finish this book because every time the Israelites messed up, God would renew the covenant, and he would repeat all the laws the Israelites had to follow. These laws would go on for multiple pages. I feel like the book was more law reciting than an actual story. But I got through it, and here’s what I took away from it:
If we love God with all our heart, and follow his rules, God will keep his promise and always love us, blessing us and keeping us safe (Deuteronomy 6:4-5 and 7:12-16). He also says that if we forget about God and worship someone else, we will perish (Deuteronomy 8:19-20). The rest of the book is God renewing the covenant and continuing his promise.
My favorite verse out of the whole book is Deuteronomy 31:7-8. “Be strong and courageous, for you shall go with this people into the land that the Lord has sworn to their fathers to give them, and you shall put them in possession of it. It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” God encouraging me to be strong and brave, and that he will always be with me is very comforting.
The book ends with Moses dying and Joshua taking his place. The Israelites are ready to enter the promise land. They begin to settle in, and the book ends.
This book was tough to get through, but the overall message of the book was worth it. God will always love us and be with us; he wants us to be brave and confident in him. I’m excited to read the next book, Joshua.