About Jesus Steve Sweetman
Like The First Ones (ch. 10:1 - 11)
In this chapter Moses
recalls the time he broke the original tablets where upon God had
written the Ten Commandments. Out
of anger, after seeing
Note verses 6 through 9
are in brackets. Most Bible
scholars believe the first five books of the Bible were written by
Moses, but edited by someone else, years, perhaps centuries later.
Many Bible teachers think Ezra the scribe, who wrote the book of
Ezra, was the editor, but that can't be certain.
Verses 6 through 9 are a departure of the train of Moses'
thought. It appears these
words were edited into the text at a later date, and that is why these
verses are surrounded by brackets.
Note in verse 10 that
Moses said that it was not God's will for Him to destroy
The Lord (ch. 10:12 - 22)
There are a few things
that God requires of Israel
as seen in verse 12 and 13.
Verse 14 tells us that
all the heavens, even the highest heaven, and everything in it and in
the earth belongs to God. This
is because He created all things. The
New Testament says that satan is prince of this world, and that is true,
but being prince does not mean he owns the world.
God only owns the world.
Note the term
"highest heavens". There
are a couple of ways of understanding the word heaven in the Bible.
The most common is that place where God lives.
The apostle Paul speaks of three heavens.
Many people believe that the third heaven is where God lives.
The first heaven is the sky above us, and the second heaven is
the universe. In Genesis 1
we see the word heavens used in relation to the sky and universe.
Verse 15 clearly states
the reason for God choosing Abraham and his descendents to be special.
It is a sovereign act of God's choice.
He chose to set His affections on Abraham and Israel. He loved Abraham.
There was something in the heart of God that just wanted to bless
Abraham over others.
In verse 16 Moses tells
Moses states how awesome
God is in verse 17. He ends
this verse by saying that God "shows no partiality", and He
does not accept bribes. Other
gods and priests of pagan gods did show partiality and accept bribes,
but not the God of Israel.
You might ask, "did
God not show partiality by making Israel
as special nation"? I
would say no because He had precise reasons for choosing Israel. They were to be priests to
the rest of the nations on earth. They
were to show other nations how to live before the Lord.
Yes, His choice to choose Abraham and Israel
was based on His affection for them, as stated above, there was a
rational reason behind the affection and His choice.
God calls who He wants.
He is God. He can do
whatever He wants. But, when it comes to showing justice or mercy, God
is not partial. The same rules apply to all men in all places.
In verses 17 through 19
Moses states that God loves the fatherless, the widows, the aliens.
These are all people who find themselves in a not so good
situation. God loves the
downtrodden, and so should we. Christians,
and the church, should show love to the downtrodden.
This is not only Old Testament teaching but New Testament
teaching as well. This is
the way Jesus lived, and we should live the same way.
This chapter ends by
Moses stating that when