Passing the Torch (Deuteronomy 31-34)

Moses has completed his expounding of the law to the people in a series of sermons. In his final sermon he declared that Israel was going to fail at keeping the law but that their hope would not be lost even in their disobedience. Once the people failed, God would circumcise their hearts and they would love the Lord with all their heart and soul. Further, the Lord would restore the fortunes of the people and have mercy on them. All of these things were pointing to the restoration that would be initiated when Jesus came. God would cut people’s hearts by sacrificing his own Son so that all the world could be gathered to him. With his sermons to the people of Israel complete, Moses must now pass the torch to his successor who will lead the people into the promised land. These are the final words of Moses.

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