he added nothing to them

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he added nothing to them

Deuteronomy 5:22 “Yahveh spoke these commands in a loud voice to your entire collected assembly from the fire, cloud, and total darkness on the mountain; he added nothing to them. He wrote them on two stone tablets and gave them to me.

Deuteronomy 5:23 All of you approached me with your tribal leaders and elders when you heard the voice from the darkness and while the mountain was blazing with fire.

Deuteronomy 5:24 You said, ‘Notice,1 Yahveh our God has shown us his impressive appearance2 and greatness, and we have heard his voice from the fire. Today we have seen that God can speak with a human, and he stays alive.

he added nothing to them

After God spoke the covenant commands to the Israelites on Mt. Sinai, he added nothing to them. These ten words summarized his desire for them, so they included all of the specific, prescriptions, rules, and prohibitions.

They are simple words which are not hard to understand, yet they challenged each one who heard them. They lay bare the people’s selfish hearts and impure motives.

These words summarize the sanctification plan under the Mosaic covenant, and following them was essential for the Mosaic mission: witnessing to God’s righteousness among the nations.

Lord, thank you for giving us words we can live by in the teachings of Christ.



About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is pastor of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church in Delco, North Carolina. You can contact him at marmsky@gmail.com -- !
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