ISRAELITES JOURNEY THROUGH THE DESERT
MOSES GIVES FINAL GUIDANCE, LAWS & PROPHECIES
BEFORE HIS DEATH IN HEBREW CALENDAR YEAR 2488
AND PRIOR TO CHILDREN OF ISRAEL ENTERING THE PROMISED LAND
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Table Of Contents
1. Moses speaks to the children of Israel after they spend 40 years in the desert
He recounts events that led them to this moment
2. Details about Israelites journey through the desert
3. More details about Israelites journey through the desert
4. Follow G-d’s commandments without adding or diminishing from them.
Must not create an image of G-d
Moses tells what will happen if the Israelites provoke G-d
Moses separates 3 cities for involuntary murderers
5. Moses says that at Mount Sinai G-d made a new covenant with the Israelites
Moses retells the 10 commandments
G-d was pleased when Israelites asked Moses to represent them because they feared G-d
6. Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our G-d; the Lord is one.
7. Moses tells Israelites to kill inhabitants of Promised Land, not intermarry, to avoid idol worship
Moses tells Israelites why G-d has chosen them from all the people on earth
Observe G-d’s commendments: “You shall be blessed above all peoples“
Moses tells Israelites that they will destroy all enemies: “You shall not fear them”
8. Moses tells Israelites: “G-d afflicted you and then fed you manna, which you did not know”
You shall know in your heart, that just as a man chastises his son, so does G-d chastise you
If you forget G-d and worship idols, I bear witness that you will surely perish
9. Moses tells Israelites that G-d will drive out Anakim (giants) out of the land of Israel
Moses tells Israelites that G-d grants them this land because of their forefathers
Moses retells the story about Israelites making the golden calf while Moses was on Mt. Sinai
10. Moses retells how G-d allowed him to create a second set of tablets
Aaron dies and Eleazar his son becomes the kohen.
G-d chooses the tribe of Levi to serve Him and bless in His name.
What does G-d demand of you? Only to fear Him, to walk in all His ways and to love Him
To worship the Lord, your G-d, with all your heart and soul, and keep the commandments
11. Moses recounts the miracles that G-d has shown to Israelites
Keep the commandments so that you may prolong your days on the promised land
If you worship idols, then you will perish from the land
And you shall set these words of Mine upon your heart and upon your soul…
Moses describes boundaries of the promised land
A blessing and a curse
12. Do not worship idols, you shall destroy idol worshipping places in your new land
You may only bring offerings, sacrifices and vows to the Temple
You may eat meat, but not blood
Donations that go to the Temple must be eaten there
13. Be careful to do everything I command you. You shall neither add to it, nor subtract from it.
If a prophet leads you to worship idols, he should be put to death.
If your brother, sister, wife, child or friend leads you to worship idols, this person should be stoned.
If a city goes astray and people there worship idols, they should be killed and the city destroyed.
14. You are a holy people to the Lord, your G-d.
You shall neither cut yourselves nor make any baldness between your eyes for the dead.
You shall not eat any abomination.
Here are the animals, water creatures and birds that you may and may not eat.
You shall eat before the Lord, your G-d, in the place He chooses to establish His Name therein.
A portion of your crop must go to the Levites.
15. Every seven years you must release loans that are owed to you by other Jews
Follow G-d’s commandments and you will rule over other nations and will not borrow from them
Do not close your hand to a needy Jew in your land
Every seven years you must release Hebrew slaves unless they don’t want to leave
Every firstborn of your flock shall be sanctified to G-d. When eating it, do not eat blood.
16. Festival of Passover
Festival of Shavuot
Festival of Sukkot
On festivals, every male shall appear before G-d
You shall set up judges and law enforcement. You shall pursue justice.
You shall not plant trees near the altar of the Lord.
17. Animals for sacrifices must not have blemishes
Idolworshippers among you should be stoned to death, but not by word of just one witness
If you can’t make judgement then it must be made by the kohen judge in the Temple
Disobeying the kohen judge is punishable by death
Israelite king can’t be a foreigner, can’t aquire riches, and must read the Torah daily
18. Kohanim will not own land but everyone will bring set dues to them
You must not have soothsayers, sorcerers, necromancers, etc – this is an abomination to G-d
G-d will give people prophets after Moses.
G-d does not appear to the people directly, so that they wouldn’t die.
False prophets should be killed
19. Create 6 cities for those committing involuntary manslaughter to hide
Those committing murder may not hide in these cities
Bearer of false testimony shall be punished by what he plotted for the other person
Life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.
20. When you go to battle, don’t be afraid for G-d is with you
If a man has built a new house, planted a vineyard, or got engaged, he is excused from battle
When you approach a city to wage war, you shall first propose peace
You shall utterly destroy Hittities, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivvites and Jebusites
When besieging a city, don’t cut down fruit trees
21. What to do if a corpse is found at it is not known who slayed him
What to do if you want to marry a woman from the captive cities
If the firstborn is from a less desired wife, he should get a double share
If a rebellious son doesn’t obey his parents then he should be stoned
A hanged man shouldn't remain overnight - this is a blasphemy of G-d
22. You shall not see your brother's ox or sheep straying, and ignore them
Crossdressing is an abomination to G-d
If you find a nest, don’t take the mother bird
When building a roof, build a guard rail
You shall not sow your vineyard with a mixed variety of species
You shall not plow with an ox and a donkey together
You shall not wear a mixture of wool and linen together
You shall make yourself twisted threads, on the four corners of your garment
Rules about marital relations
23. An Ammonite or Moabite shall not enter the assembly of the Lord
You shall not despise Edomites and Egyptians
When a camp goes against enemies, use restrooms and keep the camp clean and holy
Don’t return a runaway slave, and don’t oppress him
You shall not pay interest to your brother
When you make a vow to the Lord, your G-d, you shall not delay in paying it,
for the Lord, your G-d, will demand it of you, and it will be a sin for you.
You may eat grapes from your neighbor’s vineyard but don’t collect any in a vessel
24. Don’t take millstones for collateral
Kidnapping is punishable by death
Treat tzara’ath according to instructions given to Levite priests
Remember what the Lord, your G-d, did to Miriam on the way, when you went out of Egypt
When you lend your fellow [Jew] any item, you shall not enter his home to take his security
You shall not withhold wages of a poor worker
Fathers should not be put to death because of sons, and vice versa
You shall not pervert the judgment of a stranger or an orphan
You shall not take a widow's garment as security [for a loan].
When collecting harvest, leave some of it for the poor
25. A judge shall deliver lashes fairly
You shall not keep two different weights
Remember what Amalek did to you. Obliterate Amalek from beneath the heavens.
26. When you come to the Promised Land, you shall give the first of your harvest to G-d
You shall recall the exodus from Egypt
In the third year you shall give a tithe to the Levite, the stranger, the orphan, and the widow
You have selected the Lord this day to be your G-d,
and the Lord has selected you to be His treasured people
27. When you come to the Promised Land, set up huge stones and write the entire Torah on them.
And you shall build an altar to the Lord out of whole stones.
When you cross the Jordan, the following shall stand upon Mount Gerizim to bless the people:
Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Joseph, and Benjamin.
And the following shall stand upon Mount Ebal for the curse:
Reuben, Gad, Asher, Zebulun, Dan, and Naftali.
12 curses given by the Levites
REWARD FOR FOLLOWING G-D’s COMMANDMENTS
PUNISHMENT FOR NOT FOLLOWING G-D’s COMMANDMENTS
The Lord will bring upon you a nation from afar, and they will besiege you
The Lord will bring diseases, and you will remain few in number
The Lord will scatter you among the nations. Your life will be in suspense.
These are the words of the covenant, which the Lord commanded Moses to make
with the children of Israel in the land of Moab, besides the covenant he made with them in Horeb.
29. Moses recalls Exodus from Egypt
Those who secretly plan to sin will be cursed and obliterated from the heavens
A future generation of your descendants will be shoked by how destitute the land is after G-d’s fury
The hidden things belong to the Lord, our G-d,
but the revealed things apply to us and to our children forever:
that we must fulfill all the words of this Torah.
When you return to G-d, He will once again gather you from all the nations
G-d’s commandments are in your heart
I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. You shall choose life.
31. Moses is 120 years old. He assigns Joshua as the leader to cross Jordan.
Moses writes the Torah, and commands priests to read it to the nation every 7 years on Succoth
G-d appears in a pillar of cloud and says that the nation will violate the covenant
and many evils and troubles will befall them.
G-d commands Moses to teach Israelites a song which bears witness against Israelites
Moses commands Levites to place the Torah along side the ark of the covenant.
Evil will befall you at the end of days, because you did evil in the eyes of the Lord
32. Moses tells Israelites the song about their relationship with G-d, both in the past and in the future
Torah is your life
G-d tells Moses to go to Mount Nebo and die there, looking at the Land of Canaan.
G-d doesn’t let Moses enter the land because Moses failed Him at the waters of Merivath Kadesh.
33. Moses blesses Children of Israel before his death
Blessing for Reuben
Blessing for Judah
Blessing for Levi
Blessing for Benjamin
Blessing for Joseph & his sons
Blessing for Zebulun & Issachar
Blessing for Gad
Blessing for Dan
Blessing for Naftali
Blessing for Asher
Blessing for the Nation
34. Moses dies and is buried by G-d. Joshua becomes the new leader.