Thursday, 15 December 2011

Deuteronomy

It may be my favourite book of the Bible. A bit of an odd choice, to some ears, but I think it's a monumental piece of literature that's very hard to match. History, commandments, and promises collide in a a magisterial sequence of speeches that calls Israel to faith in the God who defined who they were, defines who they are, and defines who they should be, all because of His loving grace, and all for His larger plan to bless the world. The pathos is astonishing, too, with the near-death Moses wearily admitting that he doesn't think Israel will keep the commandments anyway.

If the church is, in some sense, Israel, then the nation's definitive charter should be looked to for clues as to how God's new covenant people are to see themselves and their mission. Christopher Wright's commentary is an excellent resource for taking a look more closely at this idea.

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