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Deuteronomy 31 [Read]
Deuteronomy 32 [Read]
Luke 1:1-23 [Read]
One of my favorite Bible verses is Dt 29:29 “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever”. It laid out the proper attitude God’s people should have towards the Word of God. Interestingly, what follows that verse seems to give a best illustration of what this verse means.
As we saw yesterday, Moses gave his final exhortation by passionately calling the Israelites to choose life over death (30:19). You would think that the people must be moved by the call, and they should decide to become holy henceforth. Not so! Right after that, God wanted Moses to write a song “so that it may witness for me against them” (31:19), because “I know what they are disposed to do, even before I bring them into the land I promised them on oath” (31:21). The song in Dt 32 revealed the future rebellion of the Israelites and, as a result, God would scatter them among the nations (32:26).
Why didn’t God stop them from rebellion? Wasn’t God supposed to be watching over them? How are we to understand such seemingly contradictory things? Paul has revealed part of the secret for us in Romans: “because of their transgression, salvation has come to the Gentiles to make Israel envious” (Rom 11:11). So I see. There was a grander plan, and our mind was too limited to fathom. No wonder Paul broke into doxology after this “oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!” (Rom 11:33). Indeed, who would have thought that God’s giving them over to rebellion and sins was for his salvation to come unto the Gentiles a thousand years later?
After this example, you may still have other questions. And it’s fine to have them. But we should at least have the humility to accept “the secret things belong to the Lord our God”. Someone once said: “if God’s mind is small enough for us to figure out, then he is not big enough for us to believe in him”. We need not and should not claim to completely understand why God did what he did, but we have been told to follow all the words of this revealed law which belong to us and to our children forever. That’s what we should focus on for the rest of our life.
Keep on reading. The end of Pentateuch is in sight. Talk to you tomorrow.