It happened again. Just going through material read so many times before and boom- something new.
Last year when we did B90X, I had an ambivalent reaction to Moses’ death at the end of Deuteronomy. The man worked really hard for God. I know he was called specifically for his work, but think about what he had before he left Egypt for his second 40 years of life to be a shepherd in the wilderness he would eventually wander in. He put up with a ton of carp from a whole pile of rebellious people. He even talked the Lord out of killing the whole lot of them one time (Num 14).
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Saints, Friends, Countrymen~
As the end of the Torah rolled around a bit of sadness overcame me. The end of a forty year era was done. The end of Moses ministry to the people was done. The end of his event-filled 120 years was complete. There has been, nor ever will be a man like Moses. One can see now why is so revered in the Jewish Faith. “Moses and the Prophets,” they say. He embodied many attributes of Father. He was patient with the people, though at times wondered why he had to lead this group of rebellious and stiff-necked people. He interceded on their behalf for Father not to wipe them off the face of the earth. Moses stayed faithful to the wandering Hebrews, he never quit or left them on the side of the road. Yet in the end, even Father’s most favored man on the planet at the time had to deal with the result of his decisions and disobedience. Moses was not allowed to enter the place he vowed to lead the people towards. His forty years of education and training– lead to forty years of training with Father– which lead to his forty years of service– ending with looking at the place of promise.
Did any of you stop to ponder the choices for why which tribes were chosen to be on Mt. Gerazim and Mt. Ebal during the recitation of the blessings and curses? The two tribes from which the two positive spies surfaced, the priests, “Praise,” the youngest son from whom the first king came, the favored one of Jacob, and the laboring servant were all on the Mt. of Blessing. There are many reasons why the others on the Mt. of Curses side. See if you can come up with more than what I have listed.
Am I loving reading through Deuteronomy! The thing that is striking me differently is the emphasis on repetitiveness. Moses says the same thing over and over. When he was preaching this he must have been doing it ‘no note style’ and forget what he said earlier and said it again. I was captured today with the following:
1. The number of times he tells us to teach our children, do not forget, to be carful to observe the all the commands, to love the LORD your God, reminders that the LORD brought them out of Egypt, and that He was delivering them in to promised land.
2. The use of the word ‘awesome’ six times in Deut.
3. 10:14-22 should be a song, it is sooo great. It needs to be composed so that we sing it over and over and over again to get it imbedded in our spirits. 17- ” For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, …” 22- “He is your praise; he is your God, who performed for you those great and awesome wonders you saw with your own eyes.”
4. I love the list in chapter 11 they saw. His majesty, his mighty hand, outstretched arm, signs he performed, things he did in the heart of Egypt, what he did to the Egyptian army, how he overwhelmed.
5. Anyone have any idea why the blessings were proclaimed on Mount Gerizim and the curses on Mount Ebal?
6. I wonder how many sons would be rebellious today if all the men of his town could stone them to death for disobeying? Good deterrent?
7. I love the way Father wants us to honor each other and provide equity in situations. He is always looking to have folks respect each other and to look out for the dignity in folks. Good lessons.