Today’s Reading: Deuteronomy 5:1-21, Deuteronomy 12, 13, 14
We are still reading the specific Laws in the Law of Moses, these last 5 days looking at the laws found in the book of Deuteronomy. Many of these laws we have read before. In Deuteronomy we have Moses addressing the children of Israel before he dies. He is reminding them to keep the laws God had given 40 years earlier at Mount Sinai.
Highlights of today’s reading: The 10 commandments, warnings against idolatry and false prophets, clean and unclean animals, tithing.
In Deuteronomy 14:22-29 he commands them to “tithe the increase of their grain that the field produces year by year”. What were they to do with this tithe?
Today’s Reading: Exodus 19, 20, Exodus 23:20-33, Exodus 24
Highlights of Today’s Reading: 3 months after the Exodus the children of Israel arrive at Mount Sinai. God appears on the mountain in an awesome, fearful scene of thunder, lightening, and earthquakes. The 10 commandments are given and the people promise to keep God’s law. Moses will spend 40 days on the mountain receiving the law and commandments.
God is making a covenant with the children of Israel. God wants to bless them but from the beginning it is clear that this is a conditional relationship. Exodus 19:5 “Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me…”
The holiness and power of God are on display at Mount Sinai. When you think of God, do you think of images like these?