The Bible in a Year: Day 52 (Deuteronomy 9-13)

Deuteronomy 9:1-6 — In reading this passage I can’t help be be comforted by the sheer gratuitousness and justice of God. He provides victory for Israel in battle and he provides land for them, not according to their righteousness, but because of the covenant he made with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and because of wickedness of the nations inhabiting the land.

Deuteronomy 10:1-5 — Interesting to note how Moses is to put the two tablets in the wooden ark. Noah put animals in a wooden ark by twos. The animals on the ark were for the propagation of life. So were the tablets.

Deuteronomy 10:12-22 — Again, we see the connection between the LORD as Creator, Elector, and Redeemer and the way in which this is to elicit the response of love, devotion, and obedience as well as kind treatment of your neighbor.

Deuteronomy 11 — This chapter is really an expanded Shema that also highlights the blessings for obedience and the consequences of disobedience. Good stuff!

Deuteronomy 12 — Verses 4 & 31 seem to form an inclusio. At the beginning of the section and at the end of it Israel is told that they “should not do so” (i.e., worship/serve) like the nations, hence no blood (which got me thinking about why blood was forbidden—God says because the life is in it—so what? Well, all life belongs to God; he gives it and to him it returns [cf. Ecc. 12:7]), no high places, present your offerings at the sacred place of God’s choosing, etc. But this also sets up the connection between God’s Name and the place where he chooses for his Name to dwell. Since the LORD is unique then his place of worship must be unique. The pagan nations had plenty of high places to worship their gods. There was nothing unique or special about it. The LORD on the other hand would choose one place to be worshiped ritually.

Deuteronomy 13 — Note that the identifying mark of a false prophet is not being inaccurate in predicting the future (like many today think), but leading people away from God. And on this criteria we can identify plenty of false prophets on Christian television. For as much as some people rail against secular television and all the harm it does, I wonder if they’ve watched Christian programming and seen the fleecing that goes on there. This chapter also carries on the total devotion theme. God is the most important relationship anyone can have. God is above brothers, sisters, mothers, or fathers. I wrote a post some months back connecting Deuteronomy 13:6-10 with Matthew 10:34-39. I believe Jesus was conscious of this connection.

B”H

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