Why Is Deuteronomy the Favorite Book of Jesus? Daniel Block Explains
Like every volume in our NIVAC series, Daniel Block's commentary Deuteronomy helps readers access the original message in a way that helps them apply it to their own situation.
Block believes his commentary is unique because he's been wrestling with two important questions: Why is Deuteronomy the favorite book of Jesus? Why does its message underly so much of the New Testament? The answer, Block says, is "in the gospel that Moses preaches all the way through the book."
Block explains that this book is not primarily laws, but a set of potent sermons designed to shape God's people. In fact, here we consider Block's insistance that the book of Deuteronomy is a theological manifesto on par with the gospel…
Deuteronomy: A Theological Manifesto Like the Gospel of John
Maybe it's because I'm a green preacher and haven't taught on the Old Testament often, but applying Deuteronomy to 21st century living is a head scratcher. Yet Daniel Block's commentary on Deuteronomy (NIVAC) manages to do just that, apply it to everyday life in a way that stays true to the book's original purpose.
And the way he does that is by insisting that the book of Deuteronomy is a theological manifesto on par with the gospel of John.
A theological manifesto? And in comparison with John's gospel? An interesting comparison, I know, but one that's helped me better understand the purpose and scope of Deuteronomy. And one that will surely help me preach it far better than I have in the past.
Here is how Block explains his comparison: