Fourth and fifth books of the Old Testament present some of the most influential Christian ideas and explore the whole history of the Jewish nation. While going through their lines, the reader becomes acquainted with Exodus- the main historical event of the Jews, which is extremely important for the whole Christian history. The book of Deuteronomy contains one of my favorite Bible passages which is highly respected not only by every Christian, but also by all the people who live in accordance with principles of humanist society.
Deuteronomy 5 says: “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.” (New International Version, Deut. 5.6) In my opinion, this line accumulates loving life directions and eternal wisdom of Lord. It inspires humans to believe in the protective power of God and importance of law abidance. The author makes an accent on the word “slavery”, which represents terrible life conditions and hostile land. The current line can also be understood allegorically- God is a savior who cares about his creature and provides spiritual support to everyone who seeks for deliverance from sins and earthly misfortunes. Exodus from Egypt and occupation of the Canaan have shaped the history of different nations. Even nowadays Passover holiday unites millions of Jewish believers, who are happy to share the feelings of joy and God’s wisdom.
The Ten Commandments given in the 5th Chapter represent God’s vision on human behavior and importance of faith for the sinless existence. Every Christian church obeys these basic laws as a strictest injunction, violation of which is equal to a death sin.
Numbers and Deuteronomy should be definitely read by everyone who wishes to understand the nature of God’s love and Christian theological traditions.
NIV Bible. Michigan: Zondervan, 2008. Print