III. Imitate me: Paul knew he followed Jesus, so he did not hesitate to tell the Corinthian Christians to imitate his walk with the Lord. But not in the sight of God! Our gracious Father, thank you for this simple picture and for its truth to our hearts today. Grand Rapids: Wm. The first noteworthy thing about this land is that it is a land that needs to be possessed. THE LORD SENDS QUAIL--Numbers 11:4-14, 31-34. On New Year's Eve we feel that we have passed a point of no return. In these days of extensive air travel we are frequently aware of this point of no return, for by its very nature air travel stresses the importance of this point beyond which there is no turning back. i. Again, on New Year's Eve, we feel as we never do at any other time, though perhaps it is something we ought to feel every single day of the year. But Egypt, fit emblem here as elsewhere of the world of nature in distinction from the world of grace, though of course deriving its all ultimately from the Giver of all good things, yet directly and immediately owed its riches and plenty to human ingenuity and capital. Each year is a land of hills and valleys with hidden springs of water available. In the book of Deuteronomy we discover just such a word, an anticipation of the feeling that we experience on this last Sunday of the year. But their disobedience would undoubtedly be their ruin, Deuteronomy 11:16,17. Then, you must understand the principles involved in possessing the great heritage of promise. 3. On New Year's Eve we realize more than at any other time in our lives that we can never go back in time. Life has its hills (thank God for them), but it also has its valleys, the low places, sometimes very dark and forbidding. 11 But the land you are about to cross the river and take for your own is a land of mountains and valleys; it drinks water that rains from the sky. The world pays no attention to mites. Keep the commands and be blessed (11:13-25) 10. Explanation of ceremonial laws (12:1 to 16:17) a. Idols to be destroyed (12:1-3) b. But this is the way of defeat. Now the end of a year is that kind of point in time. A blessing or a curse (11:26-32) G. Additional laws explained (21: to 26:19) 1. And, IV. Deuteronomy 11:8 - 'You shall therefore keep every commandment which I am commanding you today, so that you may be strong and go in and possess the land into which you are about to cross to possess it; on StudyLight.org Our Lord taught that in the story of the widow's mites. Subsequent biblical information reveals that the “holy day” Sabbath was made known at Sinai (Nehemiah 9:14; cf. There are many blessings but they need to be laid hold of, they need to be captured. The commentary is based upon the author's own translation, and gives evidence of his extensive knowledge of the ancient Near East, of the writings of others, and of literary and form criticism; Hamilton, Victor P. The Book of Genesis, Chapters 18--50. He says, "For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, flowing forth in valleys and hills." Israel could have walked through the land of promise and seen it from end to end, but never once lived in it, never taken up residence there. He directs them what means to use that they might keep in mind the law of God, Deuteronomy 11:18-21. Now we come to the greatest truth of all. There are great possibilities in store for each of us in the coming year, without question. Deuteronomy 11:10-12 10 The land you are entering to take up ownership isn't like Egypt, the land you left, where you had to plant your own seed and water it yourselves as in a vegetable garden. You may not see anything that is taking place, but God sees and God knows. - The Egyptians, as genuine heathen, were so thoroughly conscious of this peculiar characteristic of their land, which made its fertility far more dependent upon the labour of human hands than upon the rain of heaven or divine providence, that Herodotus (ii. Wateredst it with thy foot.âAn allusion either to the necessity of carrying the water or to the custom of turning the water into little channels with the foot, as it flowed through the garden. (Deuteronomy 11:10-12 RSV). Deuteronomy Chapter 11. We have never been to this place in time or in our lives before. We must learn to live in the present tense, for, instead, we live either in the past tense, or in the future tense. Deuteronomy 18:15-19 The Prophet Like Unto Moses To these mechanical appliances allusion is made in Deuteronomy 11:10. They had no maps, no charts of the region they covered, and they could never know what lay over the next hill, what perils might be theirs or what broad vistas of enchanting scenery would open before them. Or, even if they are pleasant, life tends to be monotonous in a valley. I attend your church only once in a while, but I want you to thank them for me." Moses recalled something of their history, including their wilderness years—years spent wandering because of their unfaithfulness to (Deuteronomy 8:7 RSV). Offerings and sacrifices to be made at specified place (12:4-16) The second thing you will notice about this land is that it is a land of varied experience. Introduction. Life is built like that in so many ways. May the wonderful truth that God is deeply concerned about your life in the new year lay hold of your heart and move you to possess your possessions, to move in and lay hold of what God has for you. 4); but at Beni-Hassan there is a representation of two men carrying a water-vessel upon a pole on their shoulders, which they fill from a draw-well or pond, and then carry to the field (cf. So many creature-comforts are provided -- even when life becomes utterly unbearable, there are tranquilizers! Much of Deuteronomy, up to this point, has rehearsed again and again the same admonitions. For permission to use this content, please review "If only I could be here, if only I could be there, if only I had done this." Canaan a good land and a gift from God (11:10-12) 9. In each instance, Yahweh responded by giving them what they needed –– deliverance at the Red Sea –– sweet water at Marah–– manna And then he went on to explain: "You see, I have been a Christian for only a little while and I still have a very suspicious mind. Such is this time to us, as we come to the close of an old year and the beginning of a new. As we stand here at the threshold of a new year, looking out to the land to be possessed, we pray, our heavenly Father, that thou will teach us to live in the present all through the year, not in the past, nor in the future, but remembering that everything that happens, whether it be failure or success, is under thy divine scrutiny, feeling the force of thy solicitude for us. Possessing what God has to give never comes by uncrucified self-effort, religious activity, or pious deeds. Torah reading, Haftarah, links to audio and commentary. I am not meant to be anyone else; God does not expect me to be anyone else. Hence, it was a land on which, so long as God's people were faithful and consequently prosperous, "the eyes of God" would always be: i. e., He would supply at each successive season (compare Deuteronomy 11:14-15) the useful conditions of productiveness. THE BRONZE SERPENT--Numbers 21:4-9. Try that in the new year. Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.a. Jarchi is more particular; "the land of Egypt had need to "have water brought from the Nile with thy foot; he seems to have understood the phrase to signify carrying water on foot from the Nile to the place where it was wanted; but the custom still in use in Egypt, when they water their fields, plantations, or gardens, will give us a clear understanding of this phrase; as a late traveller informs us (f), the water is drawn out of the river (Nile) by instruments, and lodged in capacious cisterns; when plants require to be refreshed, they strike out the plugs that are fixed in the bottoms of the cisterns, and then the water gushing out, is conducted from one rill to another by the gardener, who is always ready as occasion requires to stop and divert the torrent by turning the earth against it "with his foot", and opening at the same time with his mattock a new trench to receive it: and to the same purpose another learned person (g) has observed, that at other times (than the flowing of the Nile) they are obliged to have recourse to art, and to raise the water out of the river and some deep pits by the help of machines, which water is afterwards directed in its course by channels cut in the ground, which convey the water to those places where it is wanted; and when one part of the ground is sufficiently watered, they then stop that channel, by thrusting some earth into the entrance of it "with their foot", and then also "with their foot" open a passage into the next channel, and so on: and Philo the Jew (h) speaks of a machine with which they used to water fields, and was worked with the feet by going up the several steps within, which gave motion to it. is not as the land of Egypt, from whence ye came out; either the whole land of Egypt, or that part of it, Rameses, in which Israel dwelt, and which was the best of it, as Jarchi observes, and yet Canaan exceeded that; though the design of this passage is not so much to set forth the superior excellency and fertility of the land of Canaan to that of Egypt, which was certainly a very fruitful country; see Genesis 13:10 but to observe some things in which they differed, whereby they both became fruitful, and in which Canaan had the advantage: where thou sowedst thy seed, and wateredst it with thy foot, as a garden of herbs; as a gardener when he has sowed his seed, or planted his plants, waters them that they may grow, by carrying his water pot from bed to bed, which requires much labour and toil. If they want to open up another ditch they simply kick the dam out of the way. (Deuteronomy 11:12 RSV). It enjoyed no rain worth speaking of, but drew its water supply from the annum overflowing of the Nile. 11 But the land you are crossing the Jordan to take possession of is … In this volume, James Robson provides a foundational analysis of the Hebrew text of Deuteronomy 1–11. "Lord, you have ninety and nine here in the fold; why not be content with these?" That is the first thing. 10 The land you are entering to take over is not like the land of Egypt, from which you have come, where you planted your seed and irrigated it by foot as in a vegetable garden. Deuteronomy 8:1-11 Remember the Lord Your God. It will be no surprise to you who know the Bible well to discover that in its completeness the Bible has indeed a word for this very hour, and more than one. 111-2). (Note: Upon the ancient monuments we find not only the draw-well with the long rope, which is now called Shaduf, depicted in various ways (see Wilkinson, i. p. 35, ii. Message transcript and recording © 1964 by Ray Stedman Ministries, owner of sole copyright by assignment from the author. 5:16. He will roar like a lion. I cannot leave him alone." They have so many more abilities and talents than I. If we were in some other circumstance then we could do what God wants, but not now. If you do not know what that means, then my counsel to you is, study this great principle, study these things until you understand them. There must also be an intelligent application of knowledge before the passing of time can be called living. Niebuhr, Reise, i. "They shall walk after the LORD. The widow's mite, Jesus said, was worth more than all that was cast in (Luke 21:2-4), for God does not see as we see; he does not look at the outward things. (e) See also Vansleb's Relation of a Voyage to Egypt, p. 213. who speaks of large rains in Egypt. Curriculum~Numbers~Deuteronomy: CLOUD and FIRE--Numbers 9:15-23. Matthew 11 provides an interesting example of Christ's thankfulness and praise. ling. Hengstenberg, Egypt and the Books of Moses, pp. We thank you for this. Egypt and Canaan are distinguished in this and the following verses, by certain of their most remarkable physical traits. 1 "The whole commandment that I command you today v you shall be careful to do, that you may live and multiply, and go in and possess the land that the Lord swore to give to your fathers. In both the valleys and the hills! (Hos 11:10-12) The roar of God calls Israel back. But to the degree that every passing year is a mirror of our whole life, this land is also symbolic of the new year to us. If you have no urgent desire to lay hold of more, my counsel to you, as we are standing at the verge of a new year, is, pray that God will awaken in you a hunger and a thirst. At this point some may wonder if there is not some word in Scripture that can help us here. BALAAM--Numbers 22-24. And the one who is in the place of obscurity and insignificance is oftentimes the one most cared for and most beloved in the eyes of God. Do you sometimes feel that your life is of very little significance? This last week a man said to me, "I want to thank you for what you have done for me and for what you have meant in my life. And, you know, when I come to your church and someone smiles at me, or speaks a warm word to me, or greets me, and remembers who I am, that proves to me that Christianity is real. This is not an individual promise of longevity but a cultural promise of stability to a society which honors the Law of God (cf. And it is possible to drift through an entire year and never live in it. There is many a student who is simply passing through his courses, but his courses are not passing through him, because he is unwilling to possess them through diligence and application. Then, the third thing is that this is a land of divine concern: "...a land which the Lord your God cares for; the eyes of the Lord your God are always upon it, from the beginning of the year to the end of the year." Text Commentaries by C. H. Spurgeon Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892), often known today as the Prince of Preachers, began his pastorate at London's New That may he a rather strange expression, but if you have ever watched a farmer out in his field tending his irrigation ditches, you know what he means. He knew the Corinthian Christians needed examples, and he was willing to be such an example.i. 34, and described more minutely at v. 37, the construction of which was entirely different (see my Archaeology, ii. In Christ's Name, Amen. To supply the want of it the river Nile overflowed once a year, which not only moistened the earth, but left mud or slime upon it, which made it fruitful; but this was not sufficient, for what through the river not overflowing enough sometimes, and so as to reach some places, and through the heat of the sun hardening the earth again, it was found necessary to cut canals from it, and by water from thence to water it, as a gardener waters his seed and plants; and it is to this watering that respect is here had, not to the overflowing of the Nile, for that was before the seed was sown; but to the watering of it out of the canals, which was done after it was sown; the former was without any trouble of theirs, the latter with much labour; the manner in which it is done is expressed by the phrase "with thy foot", which the Targum explains "by thyself", by their own labour and industry. So I am taking the occasion now to thank you for having let the life of Jesus Christ shine through you. The hills are those high places of courage and understanding and fellowship, places of far vision, places of invigorating atmosphere. The inhabitants of Egypt probably watered "with the foot" in two ways, namely, by means of tread-wheels working sets of pumps, and by means of artificial channels connected with reservoirs, and opened, turned, or closed by the feet. Two million, yes, but two mites, nothing! Read on 31 July 2021 (22 Av 5781) in the Diaspora. You will be a blessing to those around. (d) By making gutters for the water to come out of the Nile river to water the land. If you feel discouraged, defeated, or insignificant, I suggest that you remind yourself, "I am myself and I am meant to be myself. Israel was facing a situation which combined both of the concepts that we have already mentioned. Sr. Helmut Theilicke says we think differently on New Year's Eve than at any other time, for then we see time as it really is -- not as a clock with a round face where the hands come back to the same point again and again, but as a flowing river which passes a single point and never returns. There are many blessings but they need to be laid hold of, they need to be captured. What a picture this is of the supply of the Holy Spirit that is available in the high places where we need God's guidance, God's correction of our vision, God's focus, and in the low places where we need his refreshment, his comfort and his vigor. "It is a land," Moses said, "of hills and valleys, which drinks water by the rain from heaven." Instead, I am going to live the life that God gave me to live, in the circumstances in which he has placed me, knowing that it is as necessary to the total program of God that his life be manifest in my humanity as much as in the life of the greatest saint who ever lived." Concludes all with solemnly charging them to choose which they would have, the blessing or the curse, Deuteronomy … MOSES DIES--Deuteronomy 34 III. Deuteronomy 11:10-12 10 The land you are entering to take over is not like the land of Egypt, from which you have come, where you planted your seed and irrigated it by foot as in a vegetable garden. Read Hebrews 11. Website © 2021 by Ray Stedman Ministries. 11:21 with Deut. Most of us feel a bit of excitement, perhaps a bit of fear, a feeling of weakness as we come into a new year. 149), the identity of which with the ἕλιξ described by Philo as ὑδρηλὸν ὄργανον (de confus. So the Egyptians watered their fields from the Nile river and its overflow, by the little dams they built and kicked aside with their feet. Farmers build dams of little piles of earth in the small ditches running out through the fields, and kick them into place. Matthew 11:1-30. "It is a land that God cares for, a land that the eyes of the Lord your God are upon from the beginning of the year unto the end.". As Major Ian Thomas says, "We say 'Ebenezer, hitherto hath the Lord helped me,' or 'Maranatha, the Lord cometh,' but what we need to discover is the glory of the forgotten tense, the present tense, that God is the eternal 'I am,' the eternal present tense, and that he is adequate for every human need right now.". Then the third thing about possessing is that you must apply these principles in the present moment. Have you learned that yet? (Deuteronomy 11:10-12) The Israel Bible elucidates the uniqueness of the land featured repeatedly in the Book of Devarim, a land where God’s presence is fully manifest, and where our relationship with Him is more profound and more complete. The land of Canaan yielded no support to such godless self-exaltation, for it was "a land of mountains and valleys, and drank water of the rain of heaven" (ל before מטר, to denote the external cause; see Ewald, 217, d.); i.e., it received its watering, the main condition of all fertility, from the rain, by the way of the rain, and therefore through the providential care of God. 13) represents them as saying, "The Greeks, with their dependence upon the gods, might be disappointed in their brightest hopes and suffer dreadfully from famine." Now I am perfectly aware that the Bible uses this land of Canaan as a symbolic description for us of the Spirit-filled life, the land of promise in which God expects his people to live. Canaan as a mountainous country (compare Deuteronomy 3:25 note) was well watered, but by the rains of heaven, on which it absolutely depended for its crops. He says, "In Egypt you sowed your seed and watered it with your feet." This only lasts about a hundred days; but is rendered available for agricultural purposes throughout the year by an elaborate and costly system of tanks, canals, forcing machines, etc. It is an unknown land, yet to be explored, but there are certain great features of it that can be known to us in advance, just as Moses reminded Israel in the eleventh chapter of Deuteronomy, beginning with verse ten: "For the land which you are entering to take possession of is not like the land of Egypt, from which you have come, where you sowed your seed and watered it with your feet, like a garden of vegetables; but the land which you are going over to possess is a land of hills and valleys, which drinks water by the rain from heaven, a land which the Lord your God cares for; the eyes of the Lord your God are always upon it, from the beginning of the year to the end of the year." There is so little that I can do." Deuteronomy 11 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary is one of the most respected interdenominational commentaries ever written. Man toils to grow food with irrigation, but God blesses obedience with rainfall, giving rain in due season. The people are exhorted to obedience from a consideration of God's goodness to their fathers in Egypt, Deu 11:1-4, and what he did in the wilderness, Deu 11:5, and the judgment on Dathan and Abiram, Deu 11:6, and from the mercies of God in general, Deu 11:7-9.A comparative description of Egypt and Canaan, Deu 11:10-12. The people are exhorted to obedience from a consideration of God's goodness to their fathers in Egypt, Deuteronomy 11:1-4, and what he did in the wilderness, Deuteronomy 11:5, and the judgment on Dathan and Abiram, Deuteronomy 11:6, and from the mercies of God in general, Deuteronomy 11:7-9.A comparative description of Egypt and Canaan, Deuteronomy 11:10-12. Paul simply did what he told his young associate Timothy to do: Be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity (1 Timothy 4:12).ii. The remarkable thing about the Bible is how many "insignificant" characters appear there in the most strategic places -- how men and women have done single, isolated deeds of kindness and by them affected and changed the whole course of human history. When He roars, then His sons shall come trembling from the west; they shall come trembling like a bird from Egypt, like a dove from the land of Assyria. deu 11:0. Back in Chapter 8, Verse 7, Moses describes this land further. 12 It is a land the Lord your God cares for; the eyes of the Lord your God are continually on it from the beginning of the year to its end. And, IV. 12 It is a land the LORD your God cares for; the eyes of the LORD your God are continually on it from the beginning of the year to its end. The expression, "with thy foot," probably refers to the large pumping wheels still in use there, which are worked by the feet, and over which a long endless rope passes with pails attached, for drawing up the water (cf. That is the story of the ninety and nine is it not? We always think that it is possible to obey God in some other situation, but not in the one in which we are right now. May our study of Sefer Devarim contribute to our own deeper love for Hashem and the Land of Israel. (1 Corinthians 2:9b KJV). Do you ever get the "if onlies"? I only summarize that which we have mentioned many other times: Possession must begin first with a desire to possess. Absolutely indispensable! It is the half-way mark; you have gone so far that there is no point in going back. Israel could have walked through the land of promise and seen it from end to end, but never once lived in it, never taken up residence there. However, the journey was difficult, and the people complained (Exodus 14; 15:22-27; 16; 17:1-7). Jesus said, "If anyone thirst let him come unto me ... out of his innermost being shall flow rivers of living water," ( John 7:37-38). Anyone who has ever taken a journey knows that in the process you inevitably reach a place that is called the point of no return. (h) De Confusione Ling p. 325. In Egypt rain seldom fell, especially in some places it was very rare, though that there was none at all is a vulgar mistake; See Gill on Zechariah 14:18 (e). 8. Concludes all with solemnly charging them to choose which they would have, the blessing or the curse, Deuteronomy … Unfortunately, there are some here who well understand the principles of victory but who do not enjoy them in experience because they do not apply them in the moment in which they live, the present moment. They were standing at the edge of the Promised Land, just across the Jordan river, and they could not go back into the howling wilderness behind them. When we apply that, then we will discover that we are possessing what God has for us to possess. Before them stretched a land of promise, unexplored. For the land, whither thou goest in to possess it, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament. New International Commentary on the Old Testament. Now the promise for this land of the coming year is for both hills and valleys, but with each there is the promise of an abundant supply of water -- springs of water fed by rain from heaven. We need each other. 410) cannot possibly be called in question; provided, that is to say, we do not confound this ἕλιξ with the Archimedean water-screw mentioned by Diod. 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