Deuteronomy is the fifth book of the Torah, or Law of Moses. Each book begins with one Hebrew word that summarizes the theme of each one. Genesis = In the beginning, Exodus = and went out, Leviticus = and Yahweh called, Numbers = and Yahweh said, Deuteronomy = these are the words. Deuteronomy is a book with a Latin title meaning “second law.” Deuteronomy is a reminder or second review of the law to prepare the people of God to enter the promised land. At the heart of Deuteronomy is the idea that Yahweh loves the people and wants them to stay a holy community. Today God’s people enter a world that is sometimes hostile, and other times accepting for the people of Jesus. A few of the passages in Deuteronomy seem to promote violence from God’s people but understanding them in this book suggests that God wants the chosen people to embrace their calling and move forward with hope, compassion, and confidence. Jesus’ people also need to be reminded that they are loved, but also that they are called to be holy, honorable, and courageous. We continue this relationship as we resist the temptation to become like the culture that surrounds us.
Theme Verse: “The word is very near to you, it is in your mouth and your heart so that you may obey it.” (Deut 30:14)
Resources Used: Re Jesus by Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch; Sabbath as Resistance by Walter Brueggemann