On reading the law

  • Sumo

I’ve been reading the law: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy.

And I’ve seen an idea to steal.

So here are some thoughts on reading these Bible books, the foundational five.

  1. Blessing or cursing. There’s a clear distinction, seen in many ways. For instance what God plans vs. what sin does; what people need vs. what people choose; long-term certainty vs. short-term experience.
  2. God makes promises, and is steadfast is sticking to his promise. Though God is disappointed in his people, he does not seem to be in a hurry.
  3. After Genesis, there is so much about tabernacle, priests, sacrifice, etc.
  4. Plenty of laws. And plenty that don’t have an individual purpose. They seem, instead, to be part of the whole, building a system of law.
  5. Grumbling, grumbling, grumbling. Gee I hate the sound of wingeing! Israel, in their complaints, even manage to idealise their past slavery.
  6. Life is tenuous. Death could arrive at any time.
  7. God speaks. And He spoke regularly and directly to Moses so very often.
  8. Moses doesn’t make it to the promised land!
  9. God’s people are so often confused.
  10. God’s opponents are feckless.