The Successor, the Scripture, and the Song, Pastor Adam Kohlstrom

“If Jesus rose from the dead, then you have to accept all that he said; if he didn’t rise from the dead, then why worry about any of what he said? The issue on which everything hangs is not whether or not you like his teaching but whether or not he rose from the dead.” -Timothy Keller

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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