I'm on a journey to read through the Bible in chronological order. Taking it one day at a time, I will read based on a list I found on the internet and blog about what happened, thoughts provoked, emotions conjured, etc. Enjoy!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Day seventy-two: Deuteronomy 5-7

Moses reminds Israel of the Ten Commandments. He makes it clear that these are not covenants with their parents or relatives long ago, but with them also. What God put into place years before their existence is still in effect and should be obeyed.

He's giving them a kind of Promised Land for Dummies. Even though these people have heard this message over and over again, he knows that they still need the annotated version once more before they enter Canaan. He tells them to love God and to write these commandments on their hearts. My favorite part of this reading is chapter 6:10-12 "10 When the LORD your God brings you into the land he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you—a land with large, flourishing cities you did not build, 11 houses filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide, wells you did not dig, and vineyards and olive groves you did not plant—then when you eat and are satisfied, 12 be careful that you do not forget the LORD, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery." I love that he makes it quite clear that what they are blessed with is totally given to them by no strength of their own.

He is also telling them this as a pep-talk for the lands they have still yet to conquer. Moses tells them to not be afraid or hesitant--God will give the land over to them and they must be confident that they have been given everything they need to take the land. It's a lesson in blind faith, one that i have yet to master or even get right most of the time. It's so hard to walk out on a limb not knowing if it will hold, but that is exactly what God is asking them to do. He has already given them their enemies, they just have to go out and trust in that...tough stuff.

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