Archive for November 19th, 2014

Deuteronomy 5

Deuteronomy 5 has Moses recalling what happened when God gave them the 10 Commandments.  “Hear, O Israel, the statutes and the rules that I speak in your hearing today, and you shall learn them and be careful to do them”.  God gave His people a list of commandments they were to obey.  He delivered them through Moses.  And now Moses is reminding them that “The Lord our God made a covenant….Not with our fathers….but with us, who are all of us here alive today”.  It is about the relationship with God and the direction He gave for how they were to live.

Moses again reminds them that it is about obedience.  Good things happen with obedience as then God is “showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments”.  We can debate whether or not the 10 Commandments are still valid today.  Many seem to believe that since Jesus came and ushered in the new law that the old law has passed away.  But obedience is still the foundation of our relationship with God.  Walking as a Christ Follower still requires that we walk in obedience to God’s Word and the Spirit’s leading.  It isn’t a ticket to do whatever we want.

God was clear with His expectations as “he wrote them on two tablets of stone and gave them to me”.  Moses goes through the 10 Commandments one by one here again.  He recalls the story of how he stood between God and the people and how he spent 40 days on the mountain receiving God’s direction and commandments.  And he reminds them of the reality of what happened – that they had seen God’s glory and greatness.  “This day we have seen God speak with man and man still live”.  This was a first – to see God and live.

The people then had the same challenge as we do today – they struggled to obey.  God makes it clear that we need to focus and keep our minds on walking in obedience to Him.  “Oh that they had such a mind as this always, to fear me and to keep all my commandments, that it might go well with them and with their descendants forever”.  We tend to turn obedience on an off, somewhat depending on how life is going.  If things are going well we let down our guard and let our minds and hearts wander.  We need to stay the course and stay focused on walking with Him!

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