Module 9: From the Wilderness to the Promised Land
Having commissioned Israel to its Calling as God's missionary people, and declared that He would dwell among them, in this module we explore the journey from Sinai to the Promised Land. The journey that should have taken less than 40 days took 40 years. After renewing the Covenant in the plains of Moab, the new generation under a new leader begin to possess the promised inheritance. The book of Deuteronomy becomes foundational to understand God's dealings with His people in the subsequent history books.
With the foundations laid at Sinai, the people are ready to possess the land God was giving them. But sadly, murmuring, rebellion and unbelief caused this first generation to fail. As you study this book, you will be saddened by the attitudes and failures of the people to take God at His word, and you will be challenged as you reflect on how easy it is for you to follow in their steps.
In Deuteronomy you come to the last of the Law Books, meet the second generation who are about to take the Land, and Moses, who is about to die! You discover how Deuteronomy is about renewing the covenant with the new generation. In this book you explore a working model of how to distinguish between which Old Testament laws are directly applicable to the Christian believer today, and which are not relevant today, but are still the Word of God and have contemporary significance. You also explore the relevance of the Law of Moses to the various domains of society in our Twenty First Century world.
There is much for you to discover in this book where Israel finally possess the land. Not only will your studies enable you to follow Joshua battle by battle, become familiar with pertinent geography, tribal allotments and the cities of refuge, you will also make application from the examples of leadership, as well as explore further the character and nature of God, specifically in his grace, justice and holiness.