We begin the fifth and final book of the Five Books: the Pentateuch. The book of Deuteronomy is set on the edge of the River Jordan as the people of Israel stand poised to entered the Promised Land. Moses will not enter with them; he sees the promise from afar. But he rises before his beloved and stubborn people as the father, leader, mentor and commander offering his final warnings, wisdom and words of encouragement.
As you read Luke this week, you will meet Moses again at the Mountain of Transfiguration. Moses’ significance to the people of Israel has continued to this day. Faithful Jews still pray the Shema as a cornerstone of their confession of faith:
Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.
As You Read resource: Deuteronomy
Living in The Story blog for Week 18