Epistles of Thomas

March 30, 2009

Deuteronomy 4-6

Filed under: Old Testament — Thomas @ 22:21
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Moses states the purpose and effect of the Law: “I have taught you decrees and laws as the Lord my God commanded me, so that you may follow them in the land you are entering to take possession of it. Observe them carefully, for this will show your wisdom and understanding to the nations, who will hear about all these decrees and say, ‘Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.’ What other nation is so great as to have their gods near them the way the Lord our God is near us whenever we pray to him? And what other nation is so great as to have such righteous decrees and laws as this body of laws I am setting before you today?” (4:5-8). He then warns them from straying and previews what will happen in the future when they sin and are exiled but return due to God’s goodness.

Deut 4:40, 5:33 and 6:2 emphasise that they should obey God’s commands so that “you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess.” Between these two occurrences we again find the Ten Commandments, which we first met in Exodus 20. Deut 6:4-5 is a critical section: “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” This is the basis of the first part of the “greatest commandment” that Jews acknowledge and Jesus proclaimed.


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