Deuteronomy 11 Commentary
Verse 8 gives us the reason why Moses is highlighting key events. The nation needs encouragement to move into Canaan. They had seen how the LORD defeated the powerful Egyptian army at the Red sea. The current challenge should be nothing!
The saint does well to stand still and reflect on the many deliverances of the LORD and use the testimony to overcome doubt. Now we can see why the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart. Israel needed a testimony for the battles ahead. Some battles that saints face are for purposes of creating a stronger faith for bigger challenges ahead.
We have a very rare glimpse of life in Egypt during this time. They watered the crops using a technology that involved use of their feet. Canaan would be different. The rainfall pattern is such that agricultural activity could be sustained throughout the year without irrigation. This unique climatic environment is a special gift to Israel. If Israel obeys, the LORD would sustain this climate for them.
Israel is warned to watch for enticement by foreign gods. Similarly, the Christian walk exists in the midst of temptations and one needs to watch their walk. Israel needed to be wary of enticement. The word ‘enticement’ suggests active factors operating in opposition to the godly purposes of the LORD. There is a world out there constantly tempting saints to derail and follow other gods.
Verse 26 is important for Israel as it defined what constituted a blessing. There is also a mention of a curse. A curse operates in the absence of a blessing. A blessing is God’s special gift to man. The chapter has given us an example of a good climate for Israel as a special blessing. Look around your life. Check on all the good things that nature has provided. They are a blessing from the LORD to enrich your experiences.
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