Deuteronomy: The "Catechism" of the Old Testament
Alternating with our study of Christian doctrine outlined in the New City Catechism, we are currently studying the book of Deuteronomy. Described by some commentators as "the catechism of the Old Testament," this important book of the Bible provides a soul-searching explanation of the ten commandments. Remember what God has done and said, Moses explains to the survivors of the wilderness wanderings, in order that you can take possession of the promised land, and live under the blessing of God's holy ("a consuming fire") presence.
In our approach to this book (every other Sunday) we will usually study a chapter at a time. Our focus will be on the primary emphasis of each chapter relative to the book's collective function as an explanation and reminder of 'the ten words of God'. As a "compassionate and gracious God," he purposes to maintain a covenant relationship with Israel.
By working through the Old Testament's most systematic presentation of life in the presence of God, we hope to develop a depth of appreciation for both his holiness and his compassion,which we might not otherwise be able to maintain.