A highlight from The Stranger in Your Gates
Would offer our prayer today before we go to our next lesson in deuteronomy so allen heavenly father we appreciate the fact that we can gather together in. Study your word and that only have your word to study. But we live in a modern time where we have ways of connecting cross thousands and thousands of miles and especially in conditions where we can't get together to person or we ask that your spirit promised barely the rest of these studies and jesus name amen all right so this is the fifth in a series of studies in the book of deuteronomy and as we mentioned lesson by lesson. This series is not a chapter by chapter approach. But it's more of a steamatic approach to the book of deuteronomy. So we've been looking at seems like covenant and love and saw in the theme this time is the stranger and this is a major theme in the book of deuteronomy and you can see that in a number of places. I had the privilege a number of years ago. When i was in my doctoral program. Actually translating the book of deuteronomy in. I was really surprised as i worked intensely word by word through the book how gospel oriented it. Was you know when we think of the torah the law. We get the idea. Well there's a bunch of rule said people are supposed to follow. Did me was as much matter of the heart of the head. And i think we're seeing some of that as we work through some of these themes within the book so in the narrow sense stranger represents the foreigner or the refugee. So that's the narrow sense. The stranger the hebrew gear is a word for the foreigner for somebody who's from another country but in d. broader sense. The stranger is anybody who's different from the community norm and perhaps it would be fair to say that this lesson really picks up on the last one because when you talk about love at some point you come to the question. What are the limits of love. Who were you supposed to love. Is there a stopping off place. There are people who are not worthy of love and so forth and deuteronomy seems to answer that question in the broadest possible sense that you are to love the stranger as well as the countryman as well as the family member etc so these two lessons go very nicely together but they may provoke some different kinds of questions than last time. So let's go to number two in your hand out to says read deuteronomy ten and versus one to eleven. So we're gonna dig deep dive in deuteronomy chapter ten. Which is perhaps the place where this team is most consistently in clearly expressed so terry would you read the first two verses of deuteronomy ten get started at that time the lord said to me carve out two tablets of stone like the former ones and come up to me on the mountain and make an arc of would. I will ride on the tablets. The words that were on the former tablets which you smash and you shall put them in the arc. So moses here is reviewing previous history. Deuteronomy comes at the end of the forty years. You may remember that. Israel got to the borders of canaan they rebelled against the lord and in the end they were sent back into the wilderness and sent forty years until a whole generation died off in the wilderness. So what moses is doing here at the end of the forty years is reviewing back to the beginning. He wants this new generation to understand the mistakes that their parents and grandparents made and if possible to avoid some of those mistakes so he's referring back to the time. When moses spoke the tables of stone that god had given him on top of the mountain when he saw the golden calf on the people dancing around the calf he was furious and perhaps also taking up. God's caused in the sense that this is a very bad thing to do to god and so now we have after that scene.