Pastoral Commentary for Deuteronomy 9:7-10:22
Author: Pastor Bob Nordlie
How important it is for us to be conscious of our sins, just as Moses told God's people to remember how they had provoked the Lord. Moses also reminded God's people how he prayed for them so that God would not destroy them in their rebellion. How important it is for godly parents and grandparents to pray earnestly on behalf of rebellious children and grandchildren so that the Lord will have mercy on them. Just as Moses reminded God how He had brought these people out of Egypt by His mighty hand, so it is appropriate for us to remind God how He has placed His name on our children and grandchildren in Baptism. The incident of the golden calf was a terrible low point in Israel's history. Moses helped this new generation recall that terrible sin against the Lord. Moses reminded the people how God renewed His covenant with them by replacing the two tablets of stone containing the Commandments which Moses had symbolically destroyed. In that covenant relationship, God told Israel: "What does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the commandments and statutes of the Lord, which I am commanding you today for your good?" This is still a good summary of a lively faith relationship with God. Moses told the Israelites to circumcise their hearts. Paul repeated this thought for Christians when he said, "In him you were also circumcised, in the putting off of the sinful nature, not with a circumcision done by the hands of men but with the circumcision done by Christ" (Colossians 2:11). We circumcise our hearts when we daily repent of sin.