Think of collecting excerpts from the greatest sermons of Bishop Sheen, Billy Graham, and Pope John Paul II. What a powerful book that would be! Deuteronomy has collected some of the greatest sermons over hundreds of years so as to motivate God's people to obey Him and thereby enter the promised land. These great exhortations were put in the context of the eve of Moses' death. The great Moses, the liberator of the people from Egypt, was dying at the age of 120. These were his dying words. How dramatic! Yet the people continued to disobey the Lord. Even Moses could only see, but not enter, the promised land (32:52).

Key verse    "I call heaven and earth today to witness against you: I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Choose life." —30:19
Command verse    "Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone! Therefore, you shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength." —6:4-5
Promise verse    "A Prophet like me will the Lord, your God, raise up for you from among your own kinsmen; to Him you shall listen." —18:15
Difficult verse    "You may indeed view the land at a distance, but you shall not enter that land which I am giving to the Israelites." —32:52
Surprise verse    "Is there anyone who is afraid and weakhearted? Let him return home, lest he make his fellows as fainthearted as himself." —20:8
Prayer: Jesus, I need much more than motivation; I need salvation. I need You.