Margin notes: Things I scribbled in the white spaces on 4/25/2K8


1 – Now Moses and the elders of Israel commanded the people, saying, “Keep the whole commandment that I command you today.” (Deuteronomy 27:1, ESV)

RAF: The whole of God’s words to them is seen as a unity. It is spoken of here as the “whole commandment” in the singular. While the New Covenant believer is not “under the Law”, nevertheless, every word God speaks is precious, and to be considered. By it, we know His heart and mind in a vast variety of situations and circumstances.

2 – ” Then Moses and the Levitical priests said to all Israel, “Keep silence and hear, O Israel: this day you have become the people of the Lord your God. You shall therefore obey the voice of the Lord your God, keeping his commandments and his statutes, which I command you today.”” (Deuteronomy 27:9-10, ESV)

RAF: This is a key definition in being “God’s people” – they are those who hear His voice. Not who merely take note that something was said – but cherish His communication to them. Are you such a one?

This is why I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.” (Matthew 13:13, ESV)

Whoever is of God hears the words of God. The reason why you do not hear them is that you are not of God.”” (John 8:47, ESV)

3 – The whole of chapter 28.

RAF: Verses 1-14 record God’s blessings, and 15-68 His curses. What is evident is that there is no neutral ground. One is either experiencing God’s blessing or His cursing, He does not offer a third alternative. One must be reconciled to Him, or remain His enemy, but one cannot be indifferent.

4 – “And Moses summoned all Israel and said to them: “You have seen all that the Lord did before your eyes in the land of Egypt, to Pharaoh and to all his servants and to all his land, the great trials that your eyes saw, the signs, and those great wonders. But to this day the Lord has not given you a heart to understand or eyes to see or ears to hear.” (Deuteronomy 29:2-4, ESV)

RAF: Oh, how dull and hard of heart we can be. How much of His love and grace we can experience, and still remain doubting and unbelieving, faithless and unfaithful.

Heavenly Father, do not leave me as I am. Grant me a heart to understand, eyes to see and ears to hear. Make me know you.

5 – “Beware lest there be among you a man or woman or clan or tribe whose heart is turning away today from the Lord our God to go and serve the gods of those nations. Beware lest there be among you a root bearing poisonous and bitter fruit, one who, when he hears the words of this sworn covenant, blesses himself in his heart, saying, ‘I shall be safe, though I walk in the stubbornness of my heart.’ This will lead to the sweeping away of moist and dry alike.” (Deuteronomy 29:18-19, ESV)

RAF: This is the reference behind Hebrews 12:15. The concern is not that people do not give into bitterness over being wronged. The idea is that a heart that can hear God’s promises, and then imagine they are “safe” (from God’s judgment) simply because they take the name Christian, but then do not live before Him. This will prove to be a bitter thing in the end.

6 – “all the nations will say, ‘Why has the Lord done thus to this land? What caused the heat of this great anger?’ Then people will say, ‘It is because they abandoned the covenant of the Lord, the God of their fathers, which he made with them when he brought them out of the land of Egypt, and went and served other gods and worshiped them, gods whom they had not known and whom he had not allotted to them.” (Deuteronomy 29:24-26, ESV)

RAF: This corresponds completely with Hebrews 6:4-7. If one abandons the New Covenant, and goes to some means of being justified before God other than by grace alone through faith alone because of Christ alone – there is nothing left but cursing. We need to consider this very carefully in a day when many are abandoning trust in Christ for the works based justification of the Roman Catholic Church.

7 – ““The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.” (Deuteronomy 29:29, ESV)

RAF: Speculative theology is a waste of time at best, and can be horribly destructive. It was said by one wag – “I am not troubled about the things in the Bible I don’t understand, as much as I am about the things I DO understand.” How many discussions, arguments and even rifts in the Body of Christ are due not to the clear statements of Scripture, but to varying ideas over speculation and extrapolation? Let us become masters of what IS revealed, and leave what isn’t to Him to whom it belongs. We do not know the secret counsels of God. And we will not find them out by reason – only by revelation. And that revelation awaits the return of Christ.

8 – “They have made me jealous with what is no god; they have provoked me to anger with their idols. So I will make them jealous with those who are no people; I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation.” (Deuteronomy 32:21, ESV)

RAF: This passage in Moses’ song is the substance behind Romans 10:19-11:14 and 1 Peter 2:10.

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