March 8

Deuteronomy 5-7

 

The Laws that Govern the Future          Deuteronomy 4:44-26:19, cont’d.

 

Deuteronomy 4:44-12:32  Laws Concerning God, cont’d.

 

Deuteronomy 5:1-30-God gave the “statutes and the ordinances” for the welfare of the people.  They are to “learn them and observe them carefully”.  Their obedience to the 10 Commandments is to be based on the fact that the LORD is their God.

Deuteronomy 5:7-21-The 10 Commandments.

 

For an explanation of the meaning of each of the 10 Commandments see:

David Guzik :: Study Guide for Deuteronomy 5

https://www.blueletterbible.org/Comm/guzik_david/StudyGuide_Deu/Deu_5.cfm?a=158007

 

Deuteronomy 5:31-33-God tells Moses that He is going to give him "all the commandments and the statutes and the judgments which you shall teach them...".  If they will keep God’s laws…it will be well with them in the land.

Deuteronomy 6:1-3-They are to teach each following generation about God and His laws.

Deuteronomy 6:4-5-This is the “Shema” (In Hebrew, “Shema” is the first word in the verse and means “Hear”)…which became Judaism’s basic confession of faith.  Rabbinic tradition taught that originally the Shema consisted only of verse 4, but was later expanded to include vv. 5-9, 11:13-21, and Numbers 15:37-41.  According to rabbinic law the Shema was to be recited morning and evening (v. 7).  Verse 4 should be understood to mean, “The LORD is our God, the LORD alone.”  The following verses in Deuteronomy lay stress to the exclusivity of worship that the Jews were to give to Him (and no other god).  But not only is their worship to be exclusive to Him…it is to be inclusive of every facet of their lives…there is nothing left out.  They are to worship God with everything that they are and have…”you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.”

 

For more insight into the Shema see:

https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Judaism/shema.html

http://www.aish.com/jl/m/pb/48954656.html

 

In 1945, Rabbi Eliezer Silver was sent to Europe to help reclaim Jewish children who had been hidden during the Holocaust with non-Jewish families. How was he able to discover the Jewish children? He would go to gatherings of children and loudly proclaim Shema Yisrael – "Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One."

Then he would look at the faces of the children for those with tears in their eyes – those children whose distant memory of being Jewish was their mothers putting them to bed each night and saying the Shema with them.

Shema Yisrael – "Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One" – is perhaps the most famous of all Jewish sayings.

The Shema is a declaration of faith, a pledge of allegiance to One God. It is said upon arising in the morning and upon going to sleep at night. It is said when praising God and when beseeching Him. It is the first prayer that a Jewish child is taught to say. It is the last words a Jew says prior to death.

(http://www.aish.com/jl/m/pb/48954656.html)

 

Deuteronomy 6:6-9-They are to always have the Law of God on their minds.  To help them do this they are to: 1.-teach them to your children; 2.-wear them on their body (as an article of clothing); 3.-attach them to their house.

Deuteronomy 6:10-25-The intent of these things was to provide them with a constant reminder of God’s Law wherever they went.  To keep them from forgetting about God and from worshipping other gods.

Deuteronomy 7:1-26-The command to utterly destroy the people living in the land (7 nations).  They were to make no covenant with them, show no favor to them, do not intermarry with them.  They are to destroy their places of worship.

 

7:5 pillars…Asherim. Pillars were associated with Baal worship and Asherim were images of Asherah, the mother of 70 gods, including Baal.

The Ryrie Study Bible, Deuteronomy 7:5, footnote, p. 283

 

Deuteronomy 7:6-9-They are to be a holy people to the LORD...a people for His own possession.  This relationship is not based on who they are, or what they have done.  The initiation of this relationship is based purely on act of God’s loving choice and the security of this relationship is based on His faithful character.

Deuteronomy 7:10-God's punishment for not keeping His commands.

Deuteronomy 7:11-24-God's blessings for keeping His commands.

 

Prayer: Lord, it is so easy to get distracted by things of this world.  Not to intentionally worship them.  But, without even perceiving it, to allow possessions, or people, or ambition, or accomplishments to become so important…that they begin to dictate my life.  And that is worship.  I give them priority.  I bow to their demands.  Please help me to always be aware of You…and to worship You, and You, alone.  Don’t let me allow anything else to subtly work its way into my life…that would distract me from You.

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