The Successor, the Scripture, and the Song, Pastor Adam Kohlstrom
March 9, 2014
The Successor, the Scripture, and the Song
The Gospel According to Moses | Deuteronomy 31:1-32:47
What is a favorite song of yours and why? Have you ever used a song to help you learn or remember something important?
"Success without a successor is failure" (Warren Webster). What truth do you think Webster was trying to communicate? Why do you think it was so important that Moses establish a successor (31:14-15)? As Moses handed leadership off to his successor, multiple times he commanded Joshua and the people to be “strong and courageous” (31:6, 7, 23) and not to fear (31:6, 8) Why do you think Moses repeated this so often? When are you most likely to “lose your nerve and fear”?
31:10-13. For whom, why, and when was the Torah publicly read? How do you think this relates to the commands of 6:1-10; 11:18-21; and 32:46-47? How do you think we should apply this principle today?
31:19-22. Moses’ song (32:1-43) was meant to remind disobedient Israel of why the Lord was just in bringing judgment against her. Read together what the Lord had done for Israel (32:10-14) and her response (32:15-18). When and how do you and I act the same way toward the Lord?
32:15. Why does Israel (“Jeshurun”) abandon God? How is this similar to the warnings in 6:10-12; 8:11-18? What warning might there be for us today? Despite the successor, the Scripture (Torah), and the song – all meant to encourage obedience (31:12-13; 32:46-47) – Moses predicts Israel’s ultimate disobedience (31:16, 20, 27, 29). In the same way, Paul tells us that God’s law is a grace that reveals our disobedience and our need (Romans 3:20-26). Recognizing that salvation is by God’s grace and not by our obedience, what should be our response (Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 3:27-28)? Spend some time together praising God for His grace – for His many warnings against disobedience and yet His grace to forgive when we do disobey.
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