October 6, 2019
In Deuteronomy, Moses gives a series of messages to the people before they are to enter into the promised land. We hear Moses repeat the law handed down from God – the ten words – the decalogue – the ten commandments. Like the sheet music to a song they’ve forgotten, he reminds the people what God has asked of them, that they would continue to be in relationship with the God of their ancestors. That’s right this is a new group – a new assembly – the ancestors of those ones who lived in slavery in Egypt – they wandered for 40 years in the desert, and heard these commandments before, but they were frustrated or forgetful, and rebelled. Now these, their children, the next generation, are getting ready to go into a new place – yes that already has people in it – that worship other gods, that live differently. Could this be a primer on living as God’s people in a new place, a contrast community in a new culture? Could be. But more than that it is a reminder of God’s promise to be their God, and encouragement to hold true to the deep relationship snd salvation God offers.