Israel’s forty years in the wilderness finally come to a conclusion. Moses gives Israel a final “pep” talk (Deut. 1-8).
First, he reviews how Israel has responded to God’s leadership in the past:
Secondly, Moses encourages Israel to step out in faith, and God grants Israel victory over the opposing tribes east of the Jordan.
Forty years in the wilderness have taught Israel a thing or two about themselves and God. They have learned that God does what He promises, “He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it” (1 Thess. 5:24). They have also learned not to rely upon what they see and feel but to trust in the Living God, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6).
A different Israel faces the land of Canaan from the Israel that faced them forty years before. This generation has never been in slavery, never expected men to take care of all their needs, and never lived in fear of evil masters. This generation has seen manna in the desert, water from the Rock, and fire fall from heaven. This generation has heard the voice of God, seen the power of God, and been taught the Word of God. This Israel has a big view of God, which is the only way to face the enemy!
What does Moses’ review of the past forty years reveal about the people as a whole?
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