Deuteronomy 29 Commentary
The chapter recounts the two occasions when the LORD gave regulations: at Horeb and in the plains of Moab. Chief among them is the command to serve the LORD and him alone. Israel is no stranger to the many signs and wonders of the LORD, starting from Egypt to this very point. Reference is made to the signs in Egypt against Pharaoh.
Yes, these are signs or symbols. They show us something about the nature of Jehovah God. They show the LORD’S mighty while at the same time they show us the nothingness of the many gods of other nations, Egypt included.
The LORD’S care over His peoples is underlined. For now Moses explains that the suffering, pain and difficulties that Israel experienced were for a purpose. The LORD wanted to be known as the provider, after cutting off Israel’s natural supplies by isolation in the wilderness.
These lines may help you appreciate the times when the LORD has cut off support from under your feet – when your best effort to stand has helped your falling. When human wisdom fails, the LORD becomes the only wisdom we can acknowledge. A time when human intelligence fails you is a time when you pray for direction. You no longer want to be intelligent. These moments help us get back to the LORD. Israel’s suffering wasn’t purposeless.
Idolatry is always a possibility even today – probably even a greater danger than we think. Science and technology, careers, sports and entertainment, even ministry itself can all distract us from the LORD of creation. The saint is warned not to have gods apart from the LORD.
The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law. Deuteronomy 29 verse 29.
Chapter 29 closes with verse 29. When read within the context of the few chapters preceding it, this famous verse becomes even more relevant. What the scripture records for us is for us to obey and draw life from there. The other things are secrets for the LORD. It’s a choice a man makes to either live in confusion over unsearchable things of life, or find life’s meaning within the law as given. The simplicity of the gospel is that it can be understood by all, regardless of academic achievement or body makeup.
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