I have come to love the book of Deuteronomy.
No, Deuteronomy isn’t just a list of laws. Or a repeat of Exodus and Numbers. (Although sometimes it feels that way when you read them one after another.) Deuteronomy is Moses’ last words to the people he led out of Egypt and through the wilderness, the ones that will now go without him into the land God promised them. So Moses wants them to remember who God is and who they are. And in doing so, Moses gives us glimpses into the heart of God.
Nothing encapsulates that for me like Deuteronomy 5:29. In this verse, Moses is recounting a conversation between himself and God earlier in their journey. As Moses quotes God, the words feel spontaneous, full of emotion and passion.
The words feel like the way I talk about what I want for my own children. And I know my desires for them come from deep in my heart. Why would I expect any less of God?
I love this verse for its foreshadowing, too. Obviously in our sinful nature we can’t keep “all His commandments always.” At least not without the Holy Spirit living inside of us. I think in these words, God reveals all the longing of looking ahead to the time when He would make it possible through Jesus for things to “be well with us and our sons forever.”
To me, this verse sums up God’s immeasurable love for His creation, His great longing for our hearts to choose Him.