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Written by Daniel Block, NIVAC Deuteronomy explains the
original meaning of this ancient text, and then brings that meaning to bear on
our contemporary context. In the selection below, Block frames the message of Deuteronomy as the gospel of God's grace according to Moses.
"Bridging Contexts: Most readers of scripture recognize the
significance of Moses in the history of Israel. Raised in the courts of Pharaoh
but exiled for forty years in the Midianite wasteland, Moses reluctantly
answered God’s call to lead his people out of Egypt. The prologue to the gospel
of John captures his role in the history of revelation perfectly:
‘From the fullness of his grace we have all received one
blessing [read “grace”] after another. For the law [read “Torah”] was given
through Moses; grace and truth came through [read “happened in”] Jesus Christ.
(John 1:16 – 17)’
Here the contrast is not between law and grace, but between
mediated grace (“through Moses”) and embodied grace (“in Jesus Christ”). John
understood the revelation of the Torah through Moses as a climactic moment of
grace, superseded only by the incarnation. As the interpreter of the covenant
and the Horeb revelation, Moses served Israel as a mediator of divine grace...
Contemporary Significance: For many Christians The Old
Testament in general and Deuteronomy in particular is a dead book.
Consequently, the favorite book of Jesus is ignored, the source of much
Johannine and Pauline theology is discarded, and the life-giving power of the
Word of God is cut off. Unless we rediscover this book, we will not treasure
the Old Testament as a whole.
As we will see in the commentary, this book presents
the gospel according to Moses. This is a gospel of divine grace lavished on
undeserving human beings. Moses’ vision for his own people serves as a
microcosm for the divine vision of humanity as a whole. The book points the
reader to the Lord God, who has redeemed his people and assigned them the
mission of radiating his grace to the world."
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