Appreciating What God has Done for the People

Deuteronomy 29:1-8

Moses rounds out the portion by reminding the people of all God has done for them. He recounts the plagues and miracles in Egypt, the wonders which they have witnessed in the desert. He reminds the people that for forty years in the desert, their clothes and shoes have not worn out and they have not eaten bread nor drunk strong wine. God smote the kings who advanced towards them in the place where they now stand, and the land was awarded to the tribes of Reuben, Gad and half of Manasseh. Therefore, Moses tells the people, they should be sure to follow God’s commandments.


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What do you think not eating bread or drinking strong wine have to do with knowing God?

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  • Damian Sco

    Going you own way rather than God's way I think is the point. Teaching that just like leaven (to make bread) is synonymous with sin and strong drink tends to make one go one's own way more easily since one becomes full of oneself was a necessary teaching to learn. HE was teaching His children how to travel according to His ways and not Their own ways so that the covenant between them would remain strong and inviolate and that the Chosen would truly be the light to the Goyim as we were called to be. Not sinless per se, but not dependent on sin to lead the way.

  • Drinking strong wine will fudle the mind and prevent clear thinking. Eating bread reminds of unreflecting, thoughtless receiving the miracles of HaShem in the desert. Adonai must be served with a clear mind and a grateful heart.

  • I agree with most of you. To add on why not eating bread we would know that Yahweh is HaShem is because He sustained them in the wilderness for those forty years just like He sustained Yeshua those forty days and forty nights without food, in the wilderness. Hence He (Yeshua) said at the end of the testing that "man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of Yahweh."

  • Jayne

    This is reminiscent of Jesus’ 40 days in the wilderness. 40 represents a period of mourning and or preparation. Jesus resisted Satan when Satan tempted Him to turn the stones into bread.

  • Magda

    I tend to agree with Herman that it was as a reminder that G-d provided all we needed – referring to the manna and quails in the wilderness. The reference to the lack of strong wine (in the wilderness) ‘lema-an tay-doo’ (so that you will know) that I am Adonai your Elohim (v5), may be an indication to the clearness of senses in the wilderness for lack of distractions and because of total dependence on G-d as Provider. ?? Thanks and Shabbat Shalom.

    • You make a good point about sobriety confirming the people’s experiences were genuine and fully realized. Thanks for sharing!

  • Linda

    a clear mind, obedience.
    you have your verse number wrong..

  • Herman

    Not eating bread and drinking strong wine reminds of the way we went in the desert. G’d provides all we need. vs 6 says : “so that you would know that I am HaShem, your G’d.”

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