20 September 2016

Recalling Historic Moments

Recalling Historic Moments
Text: Deuteronomy 1

Rev. Dr. Charles Tan

Message Notes


1. At the Outset of the Journey to Canaan

a) Addressing the children of Israel
b) Discussing some basic issues

2. The size of the nation of Israel

a) As the stars of heaven in multitude   (Deuteronomy 1:10)
b) With the possibility of greater growth (1000 times)   (Deuteronomy 1:11)

3. Some basic problems

a) Leadership issues
i) Moses as the sole leader   (Deuteronomy 1:12)
ii) The need for more leaders   (Deuteronomy 1:13)
b) Basic Leadership qualities noted
i) Wise
ii) Understanding
iii) Knowledgeable
c) Agreement of the children of Israel   (Deuteronomy 1:14)

4. Some leaders appointed (Basic organisation-leadership structure)

a) Heads of tribes
b) Wise and knowledgeable
c) Appointment of heads   (Deuteronomy 1:15)
i) Leaders of thousands
ii) Leaders of hundreds
iii) Leaders of fifties
iv) Leaders of tens

5. Some functions

a) To hear cases between brethren   (Deuteronomy 1:16)
b) To judge
i) Between a man and his brother
ii) Between an Israelite and a stranger

6. How the judges should function as commanded   (Deuteronomy 1:18)

a) No partiality   (Deuteronomy 1:17)
b) Hear the small and the great   (Deuteronomy 1:17)
c) No fear of any one   (Deuteronomy 1:17)

7. Recourse to Moses

a) If the case is too hard
b) It will be referred to Moses   (Deuteronomy 1:17)