Biblical Commentary Deuteronomy 3011-14


The book of Deuteronomy, written by Moses, covers an era in the oldtestament of the bible preceding the crossing of the Jordan by theIsraelites who had spent years in the desert before this time. Inparticular, it is made up of a collection of Moses’s sermons to theIsraelites who were looking forward to entering the Promised Land andwas aimed at reminding them the law and power of God. Deuteronomy30:11-14 mainly speaks of achieving Gods commandments, which are notin heaven but here on earth. Thus, no man can excuse themselves thatthey do not know it or are unable to observe it to the letter. Mosesstresses that what he was asking them to do was not tough for them toachieve. He reiterated that it did not mandate an excessivedisbursement of effort and a lot of courage in the quest of achievingGod’s secrets, but only called for a loving reaction to what wasbefore now known. It was not something that was far-off andunreachable but was readily available only if they would take hold ofit (Courson 2004).

“For this commandment which I command thee this day, it&nbspis&nbspnothidden from thee, neither&nbspis&nbspit far-off” (Deuteronomy30:11). In this verse, he expressed that the commandment given byGod, was neither difficult to discern nor detached from them(Thompson 2014). It is possible that he was condemningmythologies and stories concerning men’s efforts to refer to thegods and to find wisdom and know-how, where they sought afterascension into the heavens. This may however not essentially be thecircumstance, for he may merely have had a perception of remote,unreachable places such as the sky and depths of the sea, which werewas unreachable and feared. It may as well have been there, in plainsight, for those who are brave enough to unearth instead of having togo beyond horizons and limits that would at the end prove fruitless.

“It is not in heaven, that youshould say, “Who will go up for us to heaven, and bring it to us,and make us to hear it, that we may do it?”(Deut. 30:12). Yahwehhad not placed commandment beyond the reach of man. Even at the time,he was aware that the masses were not willing to get too near to Godand thought Moses would go for the commandments in heaven for themlike he did at Mount Sinai. The phrase, ‘Make us to hear it’ &nbspindicates that they were well aware of their peculiar weakness.However, it is meant that the law, which to be something goodamong them was meant to be lived by faith in God who created it(Wright 2012).

‘Nor is it beyond the sea, that you should say, “Who will go overthe sea for us, and bring it to us, and make us to hear it, that wemay do it?” ’ (v. 13) No great adventurer in particular wasmandated to sail out to unknown lands seeking to realize it forthem, in order for them hear the commandments and act upon them. Nofar off mystery existed which had the capability of bringing theminsight and understanding. God had already given it to them openly.

‘But the word is very nigh to you, in your mouth, and in yourheart, that you may do it.’ In (v. 14) the word was closer to themas it could conceivably be and it was only through their mouth andhearts that they were able to act upon it. This way, they could becapacitated to teach their children in line with what they alreadyknow, speak of it in-between each other, and meditate in theirhearts. But there was no single person who had the ability to leadthem into hearing it or acting upon it. That was up to their personalchoice (Maxwell 2004).

With respectto St Paul’s presentation of these words in Romans 10:6-8 withrelation to the Gospel, it provides a somewhat contrasting point ofview.&nbsp It is inappropriate to point out that what the Mosesimplies in Deuteronomy is that the law is by no means repressive orunviable as Paul&nbspimplicitly adopts it to be. The Apostle is notthoughtful to say the least of what Moses implies in Deuteronomy. Asthe archetypal of the virtue of faith, he is laying down his ownthought—an inspired belief and understanding of the Gospel—intoan unrestricted duplicate of these ancient enthused words(Ellicott 2015).There is no unmanageable opening to be achieved before the properreligion is got under way. The underlying idea of the verses none theless is that righteousness is not essentially achieved but isappropriated.

Inconclusion, these sermons provide a concise means by which God speaksto his people that a majority of Christians fail to understand. Mostpeople tend to look for him in a far-off or detached place withoutknowing that they can have access to him wherever they are at anytime.


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Ellicott, Charles J. Ellicott`sBible Commentary: Volume 3. DelmarvaPublications, Inc, 2015.

Maxwell, J. C. Deuteronomy(The Preacher`s Commentary). ThomasNelson Inc, 2004.

Thompson, D. A. Deuteronomy:A Theological Commentary on the Bible.Westminster John Knox Press, 2014.

Wright, Christopher J. H. Deuteronomy(Understanding the Bible Commentary Series).Baker Books, 2012.