In what sense is the Bible “the word of God”? Certainly, the Bible was written by humans. However, there are a number of times when the human authors were citing the words of God himself. Sometimes these are called oracles or sayings of God. This series of books portray humans interacting with God. God wants them to do something and then the humans react. The Bible contains words about God and words of God himself spoken to humans. Thus, we can say that the Bible is the inspired words of God in human terms.
“You shall put these words of mine in your heart and soul. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and fix them as an emblem on your forehead. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise. Write them upon the doorposts of your house and on your gates, so that your days and the days of your children may be multiplied in the land that Yahweh swore to your ancestors to give them, as long as the heavens are above the earth.”
This is a repetition of what was in chapter 6 of this book. There is a continual use of putting these words into your heart and soul. You need to put these words on your hands and your foreheads. Teach your children. Think about these when you are at home or away, as you lay down and as you get up. Put them on your doorposts and gates. You will have a long life as long as you follow Yahweh’s words, as long as there is a heaven and earth.
“If you will diligently observe all this entire commandment that I am commanding you, loving Yahweh your God, walking in all his ways, and holding fast to him, then Yahweh will drive out all these nations before you. You will dispossess nations larger and mightier than yourselves. Every place on which you set foot shall be yours. Your territory shall extend from the wilderness to the Lebanon, and from the River, the river Euphrates, to the Western Sea. No one shall be able to stand against you. Yahweh your God will put the fear and dread of you on all the land on which you set foot, as he promised you.”
This is like chapter 4 of this book. If you walk with Yahweh, he will drive out all the nations before you. Your land will be from Lebanon and the Euphrates River to the Mediterranean River. This is a big area. No one will defeat you anywhere that you set foot, because Yahweh has put fear and dread into their hearts.
“See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse. The blessing comes if you obey the commandments of Yahweh your God that I am commanding you today. The curse comes if you do not obey the commandments of Yahweh your God, but turn aside from the way that I am commanding you today, to follow other gods that you have not known.”
There will a curse or a blessing depending on whether you follow Yahweh or false gods. The two way path appears again. With Yahweh, you get a blessing. Without Yahweh, and with others gods, you will get a curse.
“When Yahweh your God has brought you into the land that you are entering to occupy, you shall set the blessing on Mount Gerizim and the curse on Mount Ebal. As you know, they are beyond the Jordan, some distance to the west, in the land of the Canaanites who live in the Arabah, opposite Gilgal, beside the oak of Moreh.”
Mount Gerizim was about 2855 feet high in Ephraim, near Shechem. Many of the Samaritans built a temple there that rivaled Jerusalem. They believed that it was here that Abraham sacrificed Isaac and that Jacob built an altar. Even today Gerizim is still to the Samaritans what Jerusalem is to the Jews and Mecca to the Muslims. Mount Ebal, on the other side of this valley in Samaria, was to be cursed. There is no explanation why. The oak of Moreh was where Abraham first landed in his trip from Ur.
“When you cross the Jordan to go in to occupy the land that Yahweh your God giving you, and when you occupy it and live in it, you must diligently observe all the statutes and ordinances that I am setting before you today.”
Very clearly, when you get to the new land, you must obey diligently all the statutes and ordinances of Yahweh, given through Moses.