Pastor Trent Casto of Covenant Naples Church has been preaching through the book of Deuteronomy, one chapter a week. (That announcement is probably enough to send some of you scurrying, but that would be a mistake as it would be ‘judging a book by its cover’, so to speak. Pun intended).
I have been, like some of you, a serious Bible student for about the last twenty years, and although I realize that I still have very much more to learn, I feel I have a pretty good grip on the scriptures. However, hearing Pastor Casto teach and explain the contents of the Book of Deuteronomy, I now realize that I haven’t scratched the surface. Listening to pastor Casto, I have worn out several pens and filled pages with notes – and I use what I have learned, daily.
Let me also say that I am not learning just for the sake of learning. I am learning to gain understanding, and hopefully for gaining wisdom to live this life.
More to the point, I am realizing that what is written in the book of Deuteronomy is not just a series of farewell messages by Moses. Moses exhorts the new generation of Israelites to live as his obedient people in the promised land. It explains the covenant relationship of God with His people in the terms of a Suzerain King with his vassal subjects. (Later on this page, see Pastor Casto’s message “God’s Covenant People”, and learn why this matters.)
Deuteronomy tells how God’s people dealt not only with hardship, testing, and doubt, but also with promise, hope, and trust. The message of Deuteronomy can be summed up this way: devote yourself wholeheartedly to God. In the book, Moses commands his readers to “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength” (6:5). He challenged the people to faithfully obey the Lord and reject all forms of idolatry. He called on the new generation to formally renew the earlier covenant with God that their parents had broken.
You can gain insights about Moses, and the Israelites and invaluable principles for life, conduct and more.
Above all, the Book of Deuteronomy is the ‘Breathed Word of God’. The Book of Deuteronomy is prophetic in ways the ‘average reader’ might never expect.
Summarily, chapters 29 through 32 pronounce the blessing and curses that would fall upon the Israelites from obedience or disobedience to God and His Covenant Word. Remember, these Words are deeply and profoundly prophetic:
You will realize that what God has pronounced is true, not only for the Israelites in those days, but His Word remains true for Israel throughout all the ages. This Word also applies to all Christians of all ages, and yes, even to all people of all nations.
We, in America, and others around the globe, are now under ‘the curse of a broken treaty’, and sadly, Christians in America have the false understanding that, as Christians, they will be protected from the devastating effects of this broken treaty. Although our salvation is secure, we will suffer through the curses as outlined in chapter 28 of Deuteronomy. These are the Last Days.
Anyone who will argue and say, “that was meant only for the Israelites in those days”, I can only humbly say that you have a limited view and a limited understanding of prophetic scriptures. I entreat you to listen to Pastor Trent Casto’s message: God’s Covenant People.
We, as Christians, having been made aware that we are living in a time of great apostasy, in these last days as described in scriptures, have a great responsibility to patiently endure these days to the end and to preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching (2 Timothy 4:2), saying, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation. (Acts 2:40).
Dear friends, as we enter the Christmas season 2022, I pray and wish peace, joy and good tidings. Enjoy these holy days. But you must prepare yourself and use these days to good advantage.
His return is near and there will be no second chances to escape the coming wrath. Let’s prepare for action, now!
Your Brother and Friend,