Wait, didn’t we already learn about the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20? Yep, but we get to learn about them again. Oh boy!
“The Lord our God made a covenant with us at Horeb. It was not with our ancestors that the Lord made this covenant, but with us, with all of us who are alive here today.” – Deuteronomy 5:2-3
Sure, if you conveniently ignore the Israelites God murdered.
“The Lord spoke to you face to face out of the fire on the mountain.” – Deuteronomy 5:4
Um…no he didn’t. God spoke to Moses (supposedly) and Moses spoke to the Israelites.
“You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me…” – Deuteronomy 5:8-9
This is the second commandment. God punishes innocent children for sins that are not theirs. How loving of him. The chapter continues with a listing of the other ten commandments, but since I already covered this in Exodus I won’t re-state them here.
“For what mortal has ever heard the voice of the living God speaking out of fire, as we have, and survived?” – Deuteronomy 5:26
No mortals. God isn’t real and if he was, he’d be smart enough to speak face to face instead of through an ambiguous fire or cloud or piece of freaking burnt toast.
“But you stay here with me so that I may give you all the commands, decrees and laws you are to teach them to follow in the land I am giving them to possess.” – Deuteronomy 5:31
Including many laws that are flat out crazy!!!
“So be careful to do what the Lord your God has commanded you; do not turn aside to the right or to the left. Walk in obedience to all that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess.” – Deuteronomy 5:32-33
Yes, obey very carefully, for as we’ve learned, this god is a jealous god. He’s also a stupid god who has no clue how to raise children (his people).
That’s the end of Deuteronomy 5. A re-hashing of the ten commandments, conveniently ignoring the many, many other commandments God passed down to the Israelites.
Coming Soon: Deuteronomy – Chapter 6: Love the Lord Your God