Deuteronomy is Not Weird
Awkward Interactions about Deuteronomy
There’s so much to learn from this book, brimming with grace and calling us to hear the Lord.
The other day someone told me that “God’s Grace in Deuteronomy” was a strange theme for a conference. I thought they were strange. I repeated it to my husband to confirm my suspicion that I was not the weird one. But he didn’t agree with me. “Taylor, Deuteronomy is a weird topic. I mean how many women’s retreats are themed on Deuteronomy?” He had a point. I’d never heard of one. But given what’s there, there should be! There’s so much to learn from this book, brimming with grace and calling us to hear the Lord.
In another conversation, after telling a woman about the theme of the conference, she replied, “How do you talk about God’s grace from Deuteronomy?” I’m not sure if it was a statement or a question, but I pretended it was a question. (I probably do that too often come to think of it.) Sentences proceeded from my mouth attempting to string together God’s saving work in the exodus, his loyal love, the law, the need for a new heart Moses talked about, the connection to Ezekiel, the new covenant, the work of Jesus, and transforming grace. But my words weren’t very cohesive; there was a little awkward silence for a few seconds after that. I realized that I, too, am going to be able to answer that question a lot better after October 7-8th.
Sneak Peaks at Deuteronomy
Moses knows these people. He knows their hearts ... but he also knows the character of their God.
As the conference draws closer (18 days, but who’s counting?), I’ve been thinking more about Deuteronomy. Moses’ final sermon reminds the people of their relationship with the covenant God. Moses knows these people. He knows their hearts and how they are going to ultimately disobey, but he also knows the character of their God. He sees the grace. Oh, how my heart needs this very same message!
As you anticipate the conference, here are two tools to consider. They will whet your appetite for our conference on the fifth book of the Bible.
The Bible Project Video
The Bible Project is a great resource when you’re considering how to understand a book of the Bible. The team is comprised of professors from Western seminary, illustrators, film makers, and generally people who love Jesus and the Bible. They have multiple series you can explore, but one pertinent to us is their Torah series, which covers the first five books of the Bible (called the Torah in Hebrew). Here’s their video on Deuteronomy.
The Theology of Deuteronomy for Preachers – A Talk to Get You Ready
When I asked Mary what we should tell women to do to prepare for the conference, this is what she recommended. And I love it. Gary Millar gives a lecture on the book of Deuteronomy. He helps you understand the structure and opens your eyes to how this book is about God’s covenant and his love. We see how it is pointing us to Jesus who will be our provision and hope. Listen to it while you’re fixing dinner one night—I did.
Books are beginning to be ordered for the conference- theology-woven-into-Christian-life books written by brilliant women, training books, books to help you teach a book of the Bible, Bible studies themselves, children’s books (that you’ll want to read too, trust me). They’re coming!