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Deuteronomy 1 [Read]
Deuteronomy 2 [Read]
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Moses recapitulated God’s commandments to the Israelites in the book of Deuteronomy. After leading these rebellious people for 40 years (Dt 9:24), Moses, the elderly faithful servant of God, left his last words to those he raised and shepherded in the wilderness. What would we say if we were put in that situation?
In the first three chapters of the book, Moses reiterated the major events of the years in the wilderness. In the last five chapters, he repeated the warnings and blessings to the Israelites. For the rest of the book, he recapitulated the laws and commandments received from God. This is obviously a very important book to the Jews, for the authors of NT cited this book more than any other book of the Pentateuch. That tells us that these authors, ones who lived in the age of grace just as we do, still put great emphasis on these laws. We are indeed saved by grace through faith (Eph 2:8), but that does not mean we may ignore God’s commandments. Apostle Paul said it well: “What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! Don't you know that when you offer yourselves to someone to obey him as slaves, you are slaves to the one whom you obey-- whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness?” (Rom 6:15-16).
Although it’s a book to recapitulate the laws and the commandments, Moses did point out the essence of obeying them. The difference between this and the other books of Pentateuch is that Moses repeatedly reminded the Israelites to “love the LORD your God” (6:5, 1:1,13, 13:3, 30:6), and the context of these passages is always to obey God’s commandments. In other words, Moses in his last words wanted the people to know how important it is to love God. And such love cannot just be lip-service, but must be shown in their daily lives. Jesus said “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. He who does not love me will not obey my teaching” (John 14:23-24). Obeying God’s commandments is not being legalistic, but a genuine manifestation of a person’s transformation by God’s salvation.
As we read the book of Deuteronomy this time, I pray that all of us will keep this understanding in mind. Let us truly love and obey God’s commandments, for this is the best way to show our love for God.
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