Deuteronomy 1:1-5 (JDV)
Deuteronomy 1:1 These are the words Moses said to all Israel across the Jordan in the open country,1 in the Arabah opposite Suph, between Paran and Tophel, Laban, Hazeroth, and Di-zahab.
Deuteronomy 1:2 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir.
Deuteronomy 1:4 This was after he had defeated King Sihon of the Amorites, who lived in Heshbon, and King Og of Bashan, who lived in Ashtaroth, at Edrei.
Deuteronomy 1:5 Across the Jordan in the land of Moab, Moses began to explain this instruction,4 and this is what he said:
why we are in Deuteronomy
We are camping out across the Jordon in the open country. We know the promised land is out there, but we have been striving for it for decades, and it still seems a distant dream. It is not that we don’t know what God wants. We have heard from him, and we know what he wants. It’s just that we have tried a few times and failed. We want to possess the land that God has promised us, but we have found out that simply striving in our own power will not cut it.
So, here we are again in Deuteronomy. We’re not going to hear many new things. But perhaps this time the truth will stick, and we will be able to make it over.
Lord, encourage us this day to rededicate ourselves to possess all that you have planned for us.