Dating the book of judges
They are not just idle words for you—they are your life.
By them you will live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to possess.” (Deuteronomy -47) Brief Summary: The Israelites are commanded to remember four things: God’s faithfulness, God’s holiness, God’s blessings, and God’s warnings.
The foremost among them is the necessity of keeping perfectly the Mosaic Law and the impossibility of doing so.
Key Verses: “Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the LORD your God that I give you.” (Deuteronomy 4:2) “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.
The Lord names love as the reason that He brought Israel out of Egypt “with a mighty hand” and redeemed them (Deuteronomy 7:7-9).
What a wonderful thing to be free from the bondage of sin and loved by an all-powerful God!
This portion of the book ends with a clear choice set before Israel: “I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing.” God’s desire for His people is found in what He recommends: “choose life” ().
In the final chapters, Moses encourages the people; commissions his replacement, Joshua; records a song; and gives a final blessing to each of the tribes of Israel.