The Covenant Of Mt Sinai

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4000 years ago the Israelites were standing on the brink of finally entering their Promised Land. Moses, the great leader and voice of God, stood before his people one last time reviewing the covenant that the generation before, their parents and grandparents, had made with God at Mt Sinai. That generation had broken covenant and died in the wilderness, their bones bleaching beneath the harsh desert sun because of unbelief and disobedience. Now he was standing before the children of this generation to make a new covenant. One that renewed their promise to keep the covenant of Mt Sinai. It was to the same unconditional promise God made with Abraham. God continued to show Himself faithful to fulfill His promises regardless of the…show more content…
There was no eighteen inch gap between the head and the heart like in the Western mindset, but a place where the emotions, mind, and will operated in harmony The soul denoted the place of desire and longing. The Psalmists describe this well. "How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD of hosts! My soul longs, yes, faints for the courts of the LORD. My heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God (Ps 84:1-2). And in Psalm 42:1 "As the deer pants for flowing streams, so my soul thirsts for God, for the living God." It is the place of deep longing and desire that must be filled to go on living. The strength to love God was not in power, might, or physical ability, but to love exceedingly, greatly, to the fullest extent. This could be retranslated as "You shall love the LORD with your choices and plans, with your emotions and what you desire and long for. And you shall do this to the fullest extent ." Moses was calling the people to a way of life centered on Yahweh, not a set of rules that had to be strictly followed. Israel was commanded to love the LORD, to obey, to be faithful to Him alone. But from the beginning of time God has given people a choice. Who will you obey? Who will you love? As Moses continued speaking he said, "I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore, choose life, that you and your offspring may live,

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