I have been preaching through Deuteronomy on Sunday nights lately and, even though it was already one of my favorite books of the Bible, I am continually amazed by it.
Hopefully, I can get some audio up this week but here are some thoughts from Deuteronomy:
God has always been concerned about the Heart and internals. It’s a lie and heresy to say that the Law was only about externals and ritual. That’s what the people made of it, but it was not God’s intention:
- Greatest Command. Deut 6:4 is “Love the Lord your God with all your heart…”. It continues in vs 6–“These commands are to be upon your heart.”
- Circumcise your hearts. Paul wasn’t being original and he wasn’t changing things in Romans 2:25-29, God had already talked about it in Deut 10:16.
- God always loved a cheerful giver. Deut 15:10-“Give generously to him and do so without a grudging heart…” 2 Cor 9:7 was not a new (covenant) concept.
That’s a taste. I plan to blog more about grace and love in Deuteronomy this week as time permits. Read it!