ISSL Reflections March 27 2022 Deuteronomy 8:1–11 Post 3

VII.
There can be little doubt this passage is about “commandments.” After all, we read,

“This entire commandment that I command you today … whether or not you would keep his commandments…. Therefore keep the commandments of the Lord your God … do not forget the Lord your God, by failing to keep his commandments, his ordinances, and his statutes …
(vv 1, 2, 6, 11)

So, that is settled. But what else is this passage about? As you read it and spend time with it, what else impresses you?

VIII.
Deuteronomy 8:1-11 (New Revised Standard Version)

This entire commandment that I command you today you must diligently observe, so that you may live and increase, and go in and occupy the land that the Lord promised on oath to your ancestors. Remember the long way that the Lord your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, in order to humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commandments. He humbled you by letting you hunger, then by feeding you with manna, with which neither you nor your ancestors were acquainted, in order to make you understand that one does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. The clothes on your back did not wear out and your feet did not swell these forty years. Know then in your heart that as a parent disciplines a child so the Lord your God disciplines you. Therefore keep the commandments of the Lord your God, by walking in his ways and by fearing him. For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land with flowing streams, with springs and underground waters welling up in valleys and hills, a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive trees and honey, a land where you may eat bread without scarcity, where you will lack nothing, a land whose stones are iron and from whose hills you may mine copper. You shall eat your fill and bless the Lord your God for the good land that he has given you.

Take care that you do not forget the Lord your God, by failing to keep his commandments, his ordinances, and his statutes, which I am commanding you today.

IX.
What else do you notice?

I see the good land that has been promised is connected to “diligently” observing the commandment.
I also notice mention of “the long way” God has led them, their need to be humble, the necessity to know “what was in your heart,” and the need to “understand that one does not live by bread alone.”

And then, “do not forget the Lord your God.”

As you read this once more, consider what ways this might help you take deeper notice of things in your journey with God.

charles
{ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est}


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