Deuteronomy 27-28 Nov 2009
The material with law in the Old Testament often puzzles the contemporary reader.
Some can be shocking:
If you notice among the captives a beautiful woman and are attracted to her, you may take her as your wife.
Some seem unrealistic:
However, there should be no poor among you, for in the land the LORD your God is giving you to possess as your inheritance, he will richly bless you.
Some just seem plain weird and quite irrelevant:
Do not cook a young goat in its mother's milk.
And some verses of course are much used and abused:
Walk in all the way that the LORD your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess.
But there are some verses we recognise as profound and echoed in the New Testament:
The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children for ever, that we may follow all the words of this law.
These may be some of the reasons why reading Deuteronomy presents specific challenges and also potential discouragement for Christians. Even worse, Christians sometimes speak of the Old Testament as being largely irrelevant and cite Deuteronomy as proof. Non-Christians also often take verses like those above as reasons for rejecting the 'Old Testament God' or for rejecting Christianity altogether.
And yet, at the end of the Pentateuch, Deuteronomy stands as an important pillar in understanding the Old Testament and is a landmark in the history of salvation, at an important point in the relationship between Israel and God.
In fact, for every generation of Christians, Deuteronomy has great blessing for the Christian in understanding God's character, His holiness, His mercy, love, justice and His patience with a sinful people. So many of the concepts for how God relates to His people are found here in Deuteronomy that it would be a tragedy for Christians not to know how to read it.
For the Old Testament instalment of WW 2009, Word Works brings you the 2nd of its workshops on the genre of the Pentateuch: Deuteronomy.
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