As I have said before on the book of Genesis, “Every book in the Bible has a divine theme and purpose that helps every believer to understand their faith-walk. Each book is there so that we can learn to apply the words and revelations that are contained within each of them; whereby the bible as a whole becomes a living word to each person. Both on a personal level as well as part of a grander level where we are a corporate body as we understand these themes.
Scripture is not only written for the time in which it was written, but it is also applicable and prophetic to every generation that will hear its revelations that are placed within its pages by the Spirit of God.”
Therefore, the book of Deuteronomy is no exception; once you understand who it was written to and why, then you can understand how it can be applicable for today. The name “Deuteronomy” comes from the Greek translation the Septuagint; which means “the second law”. There is no second law given, therefore the title is more of a misnomer and it was meant to show a repetition of the law or a second giving of the law given to Moses. The title Deuteronomy almost contradicts the purpose of this book.
Like all five of Moses’ writings, there is no original title, but it is called in the Hebrew: “Elleh hadebarim”, which comes from the first words this book starts with; elleh hadebarim means, “These are the words”. It is important to remember that this book is written to a new generation, many of this generation was either too young to really remember the bondage in Egypt or they were born in the wilderness; Now forty years after departing Egypt and Moses coming down from the mountain with the commandments of God, they are finally preparing to enter a new land under new leadership.
Things were about to change drastically: The visible presence of the Lord, the manna or the bread from heaven would cease. Everything that was familiar to this people was changing; therefore, Moses is letting the people know a very important fact.
“The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law. (Deu 29:29)”
The one thing that will not change, is the Lord and his word to his people. No matter what land they are in, no matter who is in leadership, no matter what problem they will be faced with and no matter what generation that is being raised up! The Lord’s word does not change, yes there are somethings that God has not yet revealed, but what he has revealed will never be out dated and it will be applicable to every generation. The people will know that “these are the words”!
“Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets. (Amos 3:7)”
Deuteronomy doesn’t teach that God doesn’t reveal his secrets, but rather God decides when to reveal them; from before the beginning, The Lord has had a plan for his creation and he slowly reveals that plan. His will and his plan never changes, but he does expand on the revelation around them; his plan and his will are progressively being revealed or worked out. But until he adds to them, he has already revealed more than enough for us to know what God expects from us and we can guide our lives through what is already revealed; therefore, if you want to know what God’s will and plan is, then “these are the words”.
“When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? And he said unto them, it is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. (Acts 1:6-7)”
The disciples knew the promises given to Israel about the restoration of the kingdom from the Lord God. Jesus doesn’t say the kingdom won’t someday be restored, but he does say it’s still a secret. According to Amos 3:7, there will most likely be a day when this secret will be revealed; some of that secret may have been revealed through the writings of Paul and John’s Revelation. But one thing for sure, until that day comes; any promises or revelations given by the Lord are still available for this present generation.
We can take the whole bible as a progressive revelation of God’s will to his people, therefore if you feel you need a word from God, then “these are the words”. No matter your problem, “these are the words.” No matter who our leadership becomes, “these are the words.” From one generation to the next generation, “These are the words.” Or, should I say it in Hebrew: elleh hadebarim.