Deuteronomy 5 Commentary

Deuteronomy 5 Commentary: The 10 Commandments repeated.

It was not with our ancestors that the Lord made this covenant, but with us, with all of us who are alive here today. Verse 3.

Needless to mention, but Moses takes the trouble to emphasize the point that the LORD interacts with each generation in the present. The reality of the LORD’S presence is each generation’s special gift. So we find the LORD repeating the blessing to each generation that comes. The saint does well to reflect on this fact with expectation. The LORD speaks to each generation in the present tense.

So even here the LORD is speaking to a different generation. The 10 commandments are rehearsed to a generation that didn’t experience Horeb. An easy pick from here is an increased emphasis on the worship of the one true God of Horeb. Look at the 10 commandments again. It is top-heavy. The first set of commands relate to an exclusive relationship with Israel’s God. The second and last section is descriptive in nature – describing what it means to worship the LORD exclusively. It manifests the true colors of the relationship with God.

Moses reflects on people’s fear at Horeb. It is good that people have a healthy fear of the LORD here, but this fear has introduced layers of reporting between Israel and God. The LORD wants every single one of them to experience glory but they instead ask for an ambassador. So for now Moses will hear and explain to them. It wasn’t God’s initial plan. It represents failure.

So we have the sanctuary system setup to have a kind-of physical representation of the presence of God. It isn’t a very good start.

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Published by Joseph Malekani

Joseph Malekani is a born-again Christian with a strong PAOG/Baptist background. He is heavily involved in student ministry with ZAFES – an IFES movement with focus on student ministry in Zambia. He is married to Audrey and they have two lovely children.

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