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  • Writer's pictureJan Weihl

Protection not Oppression (Deut 4)

As I have spent the last two months reading through God’s Law, the natural question that seems to come to mind is “Does this still apply to me today?”

But when I think that way, it’s clear that I’m seeing God as someone who is trying to oppress (control) me rather than a loving God who is setting up a covenant system of umbrellas to protect and provide for me.

While it’s true that we are no longer under the sacrificial and ceremonial laws which Jesus fulfilled, we are still under the moral law which defines our relationship with God and our relationship with each other.

In that moral law, God set up a system of umbrella clauses to protect us from the fiery arrows of the evil one and all who would seek to destroy us.

When we look at the umbrella of the wife/mother over her children, it’s easy to see that umbrella as love and protection which is absolutely necessary. It’s also easy to see that if a young child refuses to stay under his mother’s umbrella, he will not survive.

But when we look at the additional layers of umbrellas God provides for us, our human nature misinterprets it as oppression and wants to step out and do what we think is right in our own eyes.

Yet everything I’ve read in the last two days in Deuteronomy 3-7 continually emphasizes to me that the purpose of God’s covenant with us, His commands, His umbrella system over us is always for our good, for our survival, and for our protection.

Yet each of us has to choose whether to stay under God’s umbrella system of love and protection or to follow the example of the world, step out, and turn away.

Lord, I choose You! Thank you for Your Word through which I learn about Your forgiveness, Your love, Your protection, and Your Grace for me.

Deuteronomy 4:2 You shall not add to the word which I am commanding you, nor take away from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you.

Deuteronomy 4:40 So you shall keep His statues and His commandments which I am giving you today, that it may go well with you and with your children after you, and that you may live long on the land which the Lord your God is giving you for all time.

Deuteronomy 6:24The Lord our God commanded us to obey all these decrees and to fear (honor) Him so He can continue to bless us and preserve our lives, as He has done to this day.

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