Day 43 Glogger Sandra Weiler Deuteronomy 1:1 - 4:49
February 11, 2021, 10:20 PM

Day 43              Deuteronomy 1:1 – 4:49  Sandra Weiler, glogger

In the first chapter of Deuteronomy, Moses provides a wonderfully descriptive sentence echoing back to the promise made to Abraham  “The Lord your God has increased your numbers so that today you are as many as the stars in the sky” (1:10). The imagery is so cool; to look up into the clear night sky full of stars will be different for me now.  Doesn’t it remind you of the language in our ‘Star Wars’ Eucharistic prayer C?

With God’s blessing Moses elects trusted leaders to assist in resolving conflict.   The system was theocratic – God is in charge and judgement belongs to him - but we are to judge each other fairly in order to live under God’s governance. 

 When we see injustice, we feel a sense of indignation followed by a need for righteousness.  It is ok to seek justice or, in other words, ‘to make right’.  But as we seek personal justice we need to remember that God is the judge of all men.   The concept of justice and forgiveness can be a struggle between heart and mind.   

Moses seizes opportunities to teach the younger generation the Laws of worship and obedience so they can be protected from breaking the Sinai covenant with God.  Moses recalls the history of the previous generation, as well as his own experience to demonstrate the consequence of turning against God and rebelling against the laws and commandments. 

The warning applies to our generation too.  We may have turned against God or one another.  We are all sinners however the warning, if we heed it, calls us to be more faithful.   

Some powerful thoughts are packed into 3 verses towards the end of our reading that I am just going to list out because of how beautiful and powerful the concepts are.   Moses warns about future generations becoming corrupt or provoking the anger of God. 

He says (4:29) that if you seek the Lord, you will find him if you seek him with your heart and soul.  

We have to want God in our lives; seek him out and have no others before him. 

(30) When you are in distress you will return to the Lord and obey him. 

We must listen and act upon what we hear by responding to God’s grace in obeying the decrees and commands.   The exciting message is that we can return to God if -or should I say- when we fail the Lord.    Again and again, he calls us to return. 

(31) The Lord your God is a merciful God, he will not abandon or destroy you or forget the covenant with your ancestors, which he confirmed to them by oath.

We are blessed to know that my God is always there.   He is with this current generation through the fulfillment of his Law through the death of his Son. 

Wow, powerful imagery and thoughts were packed into a few verses that we can find meaning in our lives today.    

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