Deuteronomy 4:44 (HCSB)
44 This is the law Moses gave the Israelites.
This is another small passage that is pretty straightforward. It is a transition between the first 3+ chapters of Deuteronomy and the next part. Building up to this point we have had Moses’ reflection and recollection of events leading up to this point. Now we have a pointing forward to God’s Law as His people stand at the border of the promised land.
It is interesting how Deuteronomy 4:44 says the law was “given” by Moses, or, more accurately, through Moses. And then there is a brief summary, a reminder, of what God has done for the Israelites, what He has given them. Perhaps we should view both the Law and the land and victories in the same light: as gifts from God? His gifts to the Israelites extend well prior to the victories summarized here, and the point stands that just as God had blessed the Israelites with land and military success, He has also blessed them with His Law. Perhaps we should, when we examine our current station in life, credit it to God? The Israelites would not have been standing at the edge of Canaan were it not for God, so if His plan is to also give them His Law, who would complain? Perhaps we should remember that there is no picking-and-choosing which parts of God we “get”… He is One. The Israelites don’t get the promised land, but pass on God’s Law… it’s a package deal: if you surrender to God then you surrender to Him wholly.
Lord, thank You for all of You! It is easy to judge things by our limited, darkened view of things, but I pray that we will remember that You know best, and You are best. Help us to desire and accept all of You joyfully! Amen.