Today’s reading begins with Moses instructing the people of Israel to be obedient to God’s commands and concludes with a restating of the Ten Commandments.
I’m not quite sure how to approach to today’s reading from a blogging standpoint, but I thought that there were several verses that struck me as significant in Moses’ address to the people of Israel. I thought I would share them. As has been the case with all verses cited in this series of blog posts for my read through of the Bible, the verses are taken from the English Standard Version (ESV) of the Bible:
Only take care, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. Make them known to your children and your children’s children. Deuteronomy 4:9
For the LORD your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God. Deuteronomy 4:24
But from there you will seek the LORD your God and you will find him, if you search after Him with all your heart and with all your soul. Deuteronomy 4:29
For the LORD your God is a merciful God. He will not leave you or destroy you or forget the covenant with your fathers that He swore to them. Deuteronomy 4:31
Know therefore today, and lay it to your heart, that the LORD is God in heaven above and on earth beneath; there is no other. Deuteronomy 4:39
Moses knew the heartache that Israel would face if they disobeyed the LORD. From the point of his disobedience in the waters of Meribah until his death, Moses had to live with the regret and the consequences of disobedience to the LORD. To me, this address to Israel highlights that pain as he tries to reinforce with Israel how crucial it would be for them to obey the LORD.