Reading the law in the Old Testament can be difficult for us today. Many of the requirements and expectations can seem oppressive and unusual. As we begin our look at Deuteronomy this week, we must understand the context in which the law of God is given. When God passes his law onto his people, it is not from a position of forced autocracy but from salvation, brought to them by God.
‘You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession."
God’s relationship with his people as he gives the law is one of redemption, salvation, and love. We, too now worship that same God in Jesus who has brought us redemption through the Cross and affirmed all God has done. We have been rescued from sin and can now stand forgiven in the eyes of God through Jesus.
As we go forward this term into the book of Deuteronomy, we will find things that are difficult to understand and examine. Therefore, we must see what is written through the eyes of a loving God who has rescued his people from slavery. All we read must be read in light of the Cross in which we now stand forgiven, adopted, and loved. As we read the law, this does not solve all of our concerns, and further exploration is required, but it is a great start.