-The rewriting of the Ten Commandments are remembered in the beginning stages of this chapter. The Word spoken to the children of Israel had been written down by God, who knew that some might have a visual learning style and added to its permanence. God had to rewrite after Moses smashed the first ones down in disgust when he saw their debauchery and idolatry. These tablets were commanded to be put in the Ark of the Covenant, so Moses built an ark of acacia wood and obeyed God in this matter. Some more details of the journey were expressed as to the location where Aaron died and was buried, and the raising up of Eleazar as priest in his place. In Jotbathah, a land with brooks of water, the LORD set apart the tribe of Levi to carry the ark of the covenant of the LORD and to stand before Him and serve Him and to bless His Name. The lack of inheritance was reiterated for this tribe because the LORD was their portion (Deuteronomy 10:1-9).
-God listened to His servant Moses here on the mountain, like the first time, and did not destroy the stubborn and rebellious and unbelieving people. They were to arise and proceed on the journey with Moses preceding them so that they could go in and possess the land sworn to them by God. The LORD lays out His requirements at this point for them. They were to fear the LORD their God, walk in His ways, love Him, and serve Him with ALL (emphasis mine) their heart and soul. They were to keep the LORD’s commandments and His statutes for their good because God owned all the heavens and the earth with all it contained. They were chosen and set apart as vessels of blessing by the LORD, a great and high honor with extensive responsibility. So God says, “Circumcise your heart, and stiffen your neck no longer. For the LORD your God is the God of gods and the Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God who does not show partiality nor take a bribe. He executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and shows His love for the alien by giving him food and clothing. So show your love for the alien, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt. You shall fear the LORD your God; you shall serve Him and cling to Him, and you shall swear by His name. He is your praise and He is your God, who has done these great and awesome things for you which your eyes have seen. Your fathers went down to Egypt seventy persons in all, and now the LORD your God has made you as numerous as the stars of heaven (Deuteronomy 10:10-22).”
-*Application* What a privilege it is to be chosen of God for a special purpose. God has a purpose and design for each and every one of us if we will fear Him, walk in His ways, love Him, serve Him, and accept His commands for us through the saving work of Jesus Christ. Our ministry becomes paramount after we have trusted our Savior for salvation. We grow in our giftedness and make real and lasting differences in our world when we do. God has chosen you for a mission, will you accept? Remember too that God has a special place in His Divine Heart for the outcast, the broken, the jilted, the wounded, the alien, the orphan, the widow, and those who have been dealt injustice in this world. Have bad things happened to you in your life? God welcomes you into His family and promises to comfort you in your distress (Isaiah 51:12, Revelation 21:4-6).
Verses to Memorize: Deuteronomy 10:12-13, 16