Monday, February 28, 2011

New Year: Dt 25-27 for Feb 28

Israel is reminded in Dt 25-27 to do everything they've been charged to do.

The things that cultures overlook in their self-assessments are not always the same. One of things we almost all are subject to overlooking is the practice of overlooking. Here Israel is reminded, again, at the end of our section (Dt 27:26) that overlooking will not be overlooked.

There is another way this is stressed in the previous chapter. In the West, because we're so accustomed to relative measurements, we think of our love for God as the greatest love we must have. It does not disturb us if other loves are not as great. Yet, looking at 26:16, what does Moses say about the other commands? That God says that they are to do them ... how? "with all your heart and with all your soul." This is the same attribute that Moses (and the Lord) uses to describe how our love for God should be!

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