As a church we’re spending time in the Old Testament book Deuteronomy at the moment. Though written thousands of years ago, the book of Deuteronomy is nearly unmatched in its relevance for the affluent Western church of today living in a wealthy, ‘smorgasbord-of-things-to-worship’ world. At its heart, Deuteronomy records the covenantal relationship between God and His people. Perched on the edge of the Promised land Moses words to Israel emphatically point to how in Christ God chooses us so that we can choose Him and so “choose life” (Deut. 30:19).
To aid our ‘listening’ to Deuteronomy in e-news we’re including successive excerpts from an essay Gary Millar has written on Deuteronomy.
Grace that Provides a Solution
At one level, Deuteronomy is a thoroughgoing call to covenantal obedience in the light of God’s grace. In practice, however, Moses knows that Israel’s future life will not be that simple, for God’s people will inevitably fail.
The strange paradox of the book is that whilst calling for obedient choices to be made, Moses also seems convinced that Israel will fail to deliver the faithful response which Yahweh seeks. As […]