READ THE BIBLE IN 2022: This past week, February 27 through March 5, we read Deuteronomy 1 - 20. Except for Moses, the original generation of the Exodus is deceased. Moses’ final task is to retell and explain the Law of God to the current generation and to prepare them to enter the Promised Land. Therefore, while it is a long book, the events in Deuteronomy happen in a short period. Key words include chosen and covenant. The Israelites are a people chosen (elected/ predestined) by God, because of His unmerited love for them and the covenant (Ex 32:13) He made to the patriarchs (7:6-8). This past week, God stated five times that He chose them (Dt 4:37, 7:6 and 7, 10:15, and 14:2). Covenant is used 27 times in this book of the Bible, including 14 times this past week. For instance, Moses calls the Ten Commandments a covenant (4:13). They are part of the Law of Moses, a term of reference for the five books of Moses and the Mosaic Covenant, a conditional covenant with God that Israel agreed to in Exodus 19:8, and comes with blessings for obedience or curses for disobedience (11:26-29). This week (March 6-12) read Deuteronomy 21 through Joshua 8.