May 7, 2019: Day 10 – Deuteronomy 10

We find Moses and the 10 Commandments part 2 and God's command  to make an ark in order to store them.  That is all done and God relents and does not destroy the Israelites.  Then we have the story of the death of Aaron and the special place that the Levites hold in the history of the people of God as those who were tasked with carrying the 10 Commandments.  It is interesting that in the Hebrew instead of commandments the word is actually word.  So it would be the 10 words which the Lord gave to Moses, and here we see that the Lord is actually the one who writes them on the tablets. If you look at vs.12 you hear a pretty familiar verse which states: What does the Lord require of you?  We see that same questions posed in Micah 6:8 which is called the Micah mandate, but the answer given there is a bit different from the one given here, but not entirely.  Micah tells us what the Lord requires us to: do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with God.  In Deuteronomy we hear: fear the Lord your God, walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the commandments of the Lord your God. I also love the part that reminds us in vs.19 that we are to "love the stranger".   What a message for us today.  Love the stranger, do justice, love kindness, walk humbly, fear the Lord.  If we could only do that...
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