The word Deuteronomy means “second law.” Do you remember when the Law was first given? What happened to the original tablets? Why? This book is a historical review of Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers – with the benefit of hind-sight. Moses is able to give the Law a second time in the context of the story of the last 40 years.
Remember the 12 spies? Ten said no and two said “go.” Imagine how Joshua and Caleb felt as they entered the promised land. Though they were ready 40 years earlier, they have remained faithful and focused on the promise! A result not even Moses shared.
What do you pick up about Moses’ attitude regarding his journeys? The outcome of being denied access to the Beautiful Land? How can “the humblest man on the earth” be denied the promise of the promised land?
I love these verses:
“All these died in faith, without receiving the promises, but having seen them and having welcomed them from a distance, and having confessed that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. For those who say such things make it clear that they are seeking a country of their own. And indeed if they had been thinking of that country from which they went out, they would have had opportunity to return. But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; for He has prepared a city for them.” – Hebrews 11:13-16