I like the heading this week. It rhymes. Go ahead. Read it again, out loud this time.

I’m a poet and know it (simple things make me happy).

Yesterday we closed the door on Numbers and took our first steps into Deuteronomy. Here’s a couple Deuto-factos to make YOU happy:

  • The Pentateuch is the first five books of the Bible, of which Deuteronomy is the fifth and final.
  • Deuteronomy means “second law” and is Moses’ refresher course on God’s commands (just to make sure the obstinate Israelites didn’t forget the way things needed to roll).
  • Moses is the assumed author for most of Deuteronomy. However, the last part covers his death and burial, which he didn’t write (duh). Joshua probably covered that part. A few other authors may have written some of the narrative, in between Moses’ delivery of the “second law” speeches.
  • Moses’ speeches were delivered as the Israelites stood on the border of Canaan, ready to enter the promised land.
  • Not only were the Israelites probably eager to hear from their aged leader Moses, Moses probably felt equally eager, knowing he wouldn’t be entering Canaan along with the rest of the raucous crew (Numbers 20:12). This would be his last hurrah.

There you have it. This weeks reading, coming right up:

  • Day 71 (Monday): Deuteronomy 3-4
  • Day 72: Deuteronomy 5-7
  • Day 73: Deuteronomy 8-10
  • Day 74: Deuteronomy 11-13
  • Day 75: Deuteronomy 14-16
  • Day 76: Deuteronomy 17-20
  • Day 77: Deuteronomy 21-23