Deuteronomy 5:29 (HCSB)
29 If only they had such a heart to fear Me and keep all My commands always, so that they and their children will prosper forever.
Following the recap of the Ten Commandments, we now read the response of the Israelites. The immediate response was to say, “We will follow everything God commands us.” Don’t we do the same? When we feel the presence of God, aren’t we focused and rededicated to obedience and following Him? When God shows up and saves us from ourselves, when He fixes our finances, breaks our drug habit, or heals our ailment, we are gung-ho Christians.
But look at God’s response in Deut 5:29: God knows our long-term dedication. He knows we will fall away, lose our focus, and dedicate ourselves to things other than Him. Yet He still provides the commands, the ordinances, the Law. Romans says, essentially, that the Law exposes our sin. Paul says in Romans 7:7 that, “I would not have known sin if it were not for the law.” So as God is providing the law to Moses, He does so knowing that our sin will only be more apparent, exposed, and does so at our request.
And Moses repeats what God had stated: follow the law and you will prosper. But we are incapable of doing so. Our sinful broken selves are unable to obey the law perfectly, and thus God hatched the plan, from the very start, to walk as man, and hang on the cross in our stead. And this passage here captures a glimpse of the paradox of the whole picture, as God gives His perfect and holy law to His people, asking for it, knowing the result will only lead to His Son on the cross.
Lord, thank You for Your law, even though it exposes and pronounces my sin. And thank You that much more for Your Son and His sacrifice for me, so that I can be freed and gain eternal life with You. Help me to be obedient, and worship and praise You always. Amen.