Monday, March 02, 2009

Day 5/Chapter 5

I’m up a little later than usual, but I’m up. It has been energizing to start each day with God’s Word. I can’t think of any better way to be “transformed by the renewing of your minds” than this. I’m now sitting down and preparing for the meat and potatoes of Deuteronomy. This should be interesting and good stuff.

Chapter 5 observations
- There continues to be a constant call from God to remember Egypt. Why is that? That was a bad experience for the Israelites. Why would they want to remember?
- We begin with a rehashing of the 10 Commandments (vv.7-21) that are found in Exodus chapter 20.
- The Commandments can be divided up into two categories: Those dealing with God (vv.7-15) and those dealing with neighbor (vv.16-21). Seeing them like this helps us understand how Jesus was able to sum them up when He said, “Love God and love your neighbor as yourself.”
- The following verses give more detail in regards to how Moses received the Commandments and the people’s initial response. Things started well (v.27).
- “That there hearts would be inclined,” (v.29) is an interesting statement. The 10 Commandments weren’t just a list of “do’s” and “don’ts” to be followed outwardly, but obedience to them was to come from the heart. The heart being the will/spirit of a person.
- “Walk” (v.33) is used in Hebrew as an idiom for one’s way of life. It’s very similar to what John says in 1 John 1:7. In Deuteronomy the Israelites are encouraged to live life with God.

I’ve been thinking on the importance of the Israelites remembering Egypt. Why did God want them, and remind them so many times, to not forget about their time in Egypt? When we have bad experiences we want to put them behind us and move on. We don’t want to be reminded of them. That’s an individual thing though, this is a whole nation. God asks a whole nation to not forget their slavery and oppression in Egypt. What is God up to? Why the constant reminders? Do they have to look back to move ahead? Can’t they just forget about those painful memories and move on? Is there something more to this?

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