An Issue Even In Deuteronomy?
Deuteronomy is a much more important and powerful book than most people realize. It is the book that Jesus quoted exclusively to Satan to defeat Him when Satan tried to tempt the Lord.
Deuteronomy 27 -30
The Lord divided the tribes upon two hills, Ebal and Gerizim. He had those on the mounts speak "with a loud voice".
Those on Gerizim read aloud the BLESSINGS that would result from obeying the Lord.
Those on Ebal shouted the CURSES and the results of those curses should Israel disobey the Lord.
Notice how carefully the instructions are given:
And Moses with the elders of Israel commanded the people, saying,
Keep ALL the commandments which I command you this day.
It was very important to heed ALL of the commandments, since they would reap directly from them.
And thou shalt write upon them ALL the words of this law,
And thou shalt write upon the stones all the words of this law very plainly.
Deu 27:3, 8
They were to write down ALL the WORDS very PLAINLY. Understandable, since they would be judged by them (John 12:48). These chapters are the very plain words which they had to write and then read aloud.
Deu 28:1And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do *ALL* his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:
Read those blessings and curses.
If they got ONE wrong, it could result in disaster
and death both individually and nationally.
The individual WORDS were absolutely VITAL.
They were given a choice:
Deu 28:15 But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee:
Look at this one: Deu 28:14 And thou shalt not go aside from *ANY* of the *WORDS* which I command thee this day, to the right hand, or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them.
If they went aside from ANY of the WORDS, the curses would be applied. They were not to follow just the "general idea" but ALL the WORDS. Not only that, but they had to WRITE them first. There is NO margin of error in the WORDS of these chapters in Deuteronomy. If what they WROTE had ANY spurious words, it was potentially less than worthless. These are the words that became part of the book of Deuteronomy.
Deu 28:58 If thou wilt not observe to do *ALL* the *WORDS* of this law that are written in this book, that thou mayest fear this glorious and fearful name, THE LORD THY GOD;
For the NIV-ASV-RSV-ETC advocates who missed it, God reiterates:
Deut 29:29 The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.
Not the genre of the text, nor the message or teachings,
but ALL the WORDS.
For the NKJV-NASV-New Sco-TR advocates who still refuse to read the PLAIN WORDS, Joshua gave a similar account when he came to the same mountains. Josh 8:31-35 As Moses the servant of the LORD commanded the children of Israel, as it is WRITTEN in the book of the law of Moses, an altar of whole stones, over which no man hath lift up any iron: and they offered thereon burnt offerings unto the LORD, and sacrificed peace offerings. 32 And he WROTE there upon the stones a COPY of the law of Moses, which he wrote in the presence of the children of Israel. 33 And all Israel, and their elders, and officers, and their judges, stood on this side the ark and on that side before the priests the Levites, which bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD, as well the stranger, as he that was born among them; half of them over against mount Gerizim, and half of them over against mount Ebal; as Moses the servant of the LORD had commanded before, that they should bless the people of Israel. 34 And afterward he read *ALL* the *WORDS* of the law, the blessings and cursings, *according* to *ALL* that IS *WRITTEN in the book of the law. 35 There was *NOT A WORD* of all that Moses commanded, which Joshua read not before all the congregation of Israel, with the women, and the little ones, and the strangers that were conversant among them.
Two things can be seen here.
1. The INDIVIDUAL WORDS are absolutely vital. The WORDS in Deuteronomy were indeed part of the law - God's inspired word. They are the pure words which they hollered on the mounts and they are the pure words we can read today.
2. The true COPY that Joshua made was PERFECT down to the individual WORDS. Even though he read from his COPY, which was according to the law of Moses, it included ALL that was WRITTEN in Moses' law and NOT A WORD was missing or wrong.
For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is NOT HIDDEN from thee [as in the original autographs today], neither is it far off [as in the ancient manuscripts today]. It is not in heaven, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it? Neither is it beyond the sea [as in the Greek & Hebrew today], that thou shouldest say, Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it? But the WORD is VERY NIGH unto thee [as in a King James Bible today!], in thy mouth, and in thy HEART, that thou mayest do it.
Now, read how the account concludes!
King James Authorized Bible - The King of Books!
Above article written by Teno Groppi