I often have lots of questions when it comes to the Law of Moses. Some things don’t make perfect sense to me. I know the failing is in me, not the Law of God – but I sometimes find them puzzling, even disturbing. Things to meditate further on. Or file it in a “Cold Case” File in my mind and come back to when I grow in more wisdom and understanding. Such is the case today with our Deuteronomy reading.
The more a person studies the Word of God, the more precious and interconnected to modern life it becomes. These are not ancient, outdated words from a past era. They are powerful words that can give us guidance and wisdom in the 21st Century. And the most amazing part of it is that they did the same for people reading them in all the previous centuries as well! The absolute truths of God and His understanding of us (His creatures) has never changed. I feel a sense of astonishment over this, time and time again.
Indeed! Who can stand before human jealousy? It is a passionate and often violent emotion. Our readings in Proverbs 27:4 teaches us today that “wrath is fierce and anger is a flood, but who can stand before jealousy?!” Jealousy is worse than the fierceness of violent anger and the relentless, unexpected force of sweeping floods. Is this true? The wisdom of Proverbs singles it out to tell us so.
I don’t know about you, but I find the story of Balaam rather a curious one. Just who was this guy? Why did God work with him? A talking donkey, really?! And what’s the point of the inclusion of this account in Scriptures? These and other questions scrambled together in my head, so I knew I had to do some Bible detective work to find answers. I was not disappointed….