Deuteronomy 10 (English Standard Version)
New Tablets of Stone
1“At that time the LORD said to me, ‘Cut for yourself two tablets of stone like the first, and come up to me on the mountain and make an ark of wood. 2And I will write on the tablets the words that were on the first tablets that you broke, and you shall put them in the ark.’
3So I made an ark of acacia wood, and cut two tablets of stone like the first, and went up the mountain with the two tablets in my hand. 4And he wrote on the tablets, in the same writing as before, the Ten Commandments that the LORD had spoken to you on the mountain out of the midst of the fire on the day of the assembly. And the LORD gave them to me. 5Then I turned and came down from the mountain and put the tablets in the ark that I had made. And there they are, as the LORD commanded me.”
Getting right with God after a time of rebellion must always begin and center on God’s word. In the days of Josiah, King of Judah, repentance and revival came to the people of God when they focused on God’s word again (2 Kings 22:8-23:25).
Why are there ten commandments?
Mel Brooks (snicker, snicker . . .) explains, HERE, from his movie History of the World, Part I.
6(The people of Israel journeyed from Beeroth Bene-jaakan to Moserah. There Aaron died, and there he was buried. And his son Eleazar ministered as priest in his place. 7 From there they journeyed to Gudgodah, and from Gudgodah to Jotbathah, a land with brooks of water. 8At that time the LORD set apart the tribe of Levi to carry the ark of the covenant of the LORD to stand before the LORD to minister to him and to bless in his name, to this day. 9 Therefore Levi has no portion or inheritance with his brothers. The LORD is his inheritance, as the LORD your God said to him.)
Getting right with God after a time of rebellion must always have a focus on the priestly ministry of Jesus on our behalf. This work of Jesus is shown in His atonement for our sin at the cross, on His intercession for us in heaven, and on the blessing that He brings to us from heaven.
10 “I myself stayed on the mountain, as at the first time, forty days and forty nights, and the LORD listened to me that time also. The LORD was unwilling to destroy you. 11 And the LORD said to me, ‘Arise, go on your journey at the head of the people, so that they may go in and possess the land, which I swore to their fathers to give them.’
Getting right with God after a time of rebellion must always come to a place of progress again. It does no good to come back to the word, come through God’s priesthood in Jesus, and then remain stuck in the same place. God wants us to move on with Him, and when we are walking right with God again, we will go in and possess the land.
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Finding that good balance
Can we be like the Israelites at this moment — a people with every confidence in our God, but with no illusions about ourselves . . .
It isn’t easy, but it is simple: there is only one God, and we owe him our obedience to his moral will which he has made unmistakably clear. (See verses 12-13.)
Circumcise Your Heart
12“And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, 13and to keep the commandments and statutes of the LORD, which I am commanding you today for your good?
–from New International Biblical Commentary: Deuteronomy
by Christopher Wright
To fear the Lord your God is to have a basic respect and reverence for the covenant Lord that permeates all other attitudes ( see 5:29 and 6:13). To walk in all his ways, as the imitation of God, is perhaps the phrase in the Hebrew Bible that most nearly summarizes what we mean by “Old Testament ethics” (see 5:33 and 8:6). To love him is to have and express covenant loyalty and obedience flowing out of gratitude (see 6:5 and 11:1). To serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul is virtually identical to “loving” God, but with the added metaphor of bonded service to the one who has bought and therefore owns the people (see 6:13 and 10:30). To observe the Lord’s commands is to give careful, conscientious, and constant attention to the terms and stipulations of the covenant relationship (see 7:11 and 11:1).
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14Behold, to the LORD your God belong heaven and the heaven of heavens, the earth with all that is in it. 15Yet the LORD set his heart in love on your fathers and chose their offspring after them, you above all peoples, as you are this day. 16Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no longer stubborn. 17For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God, who is not partial and takes no bribe. 18 He executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the sojourner, giving him food and clothing. 19 Love the sojourner, therefore, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt.
Deuteronomy 10:18-19 (NIV)
He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the alien, giving him food and clothing. And you are to love those who are aliens, for you yourselves were aliens in Egypt.
Whenever I get one of those email forwards which rant about immigrants, I copy the verses above and send “To All.” And I write them on Facebook posts I get sent which demean immigrants. I am not sure that I have made many friends that way, but I do feel I can present them all a truth to consider. After all, my grandparents were immigrants. And the Lord obviously has a place in his heart for us to be kind to those who are making hard transitions.
20 You shall fear the LORD your God. You shall serve him and hold fast to him, and by his name you shall swear. 21 He is your praise.
He is your God, who has done for you these great and terrifying things that your eyes have seen. 22Your fathers went down to Egypt seventy persons, and now the LORD your God has made you as numerous as the stars of heaven.
Verse 21 of this hymn says, “He is your praise.” I have sung this hymn of praise countless times — in the car, in the shower, on walks, when I am rejoicing and when I am in tears, alone and with a congregation, at my wedding and (I have asked) at my funeral — and I find it never loses its appeal. HERE is “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of Creation” is sung here by Fernando Ortega.
English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.