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“Revelation is not revelation until it is revelation to you.” A.R. Bernard

Deut 29:29, "There are secret things that belong to the LORD our God, but the revealed things belong to us and our descendants forever, so that we may obey these words of the law” is the last piece of bread that sandwiches everything spoken about after verses two through four, “2 Moses summoned all the Israelites and said to them, "You have seen with your own eyes everything the LORD did in Egypt to Pharaoh and all his servants and his whole country—3 all the great tests of strength, the miraculous signs, and the amazing wonders. 4 But to this day the LORD has not given you minds that understand, nor eyes that see, nor ears that hear!

Scripture is progressive in the laying out of this text, this book we know as the Bible, as well as progressive in our personal understanding of this book. What was “revealed” to me in the heart of my understanding when I first began reading through this book in 1984/85 has increased in volume and intensity as I read through today (Note: I do a second bible-reading program as well as book studies). In my experience my own personal understanding, the understanding that happens as a passage that I have read one-hundred times before explodes in my spirit and becomes alive to me, takes on new meaning and becomes easier to follow then when I just understood it in my head.

Ignorance of the Law is not excuse for not following the law, but when we know that Law, really really, know that Law, we are without excuse. I believe that 29th verse has a duality, there is a component as a community and there is a personal responsibility when one gains understanding of a Law, Precept, or Command that God has given us and it becomes part of our very being. Before that understanding explodes in our spirit, we follow the Law by faith, but when it becomes alive to us we begin following because we know. We may not even be able to explain why we know to others at first but following that law moves from being a burden to becoming a joy.

Revelation brings understanding and that is why I belive the writer of Proverbs admonishes over and over again the importance of the reader’s pursuit of Widsom and Understanding.

Proverbs 4:

5 Get wisdom, get understanding;do not forget my words or swerve from them.

6 Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you.

7 Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.

Deut. 30: 1 "Suppose all these things happen to you--the blessings and the curses I have listed--and you meditate on them as you are living among the nations to which the LORD your God has exiled you. 2 If at that time you return to the LORD your God, and you and your children begin wholeheartedly to obey all the commands I have given you today, 3 then the LORD your God will restore your fortunes.

This is a great Word for backsliders. Moses has just rehearsed within the people’s hearing the blessings for those who are obedient to God’s Law as well as the curses on those who are not (chapter 28). He tried to make the consequences “real” to them by referring back to their time of delivererence from Egypt and how God kept and protected them in the wilderness. Then in the last half of the thirtieth chapter God lays Israel’s destiny, lays our destiny squarely on us it is our choice how we live. One of the many Proverbs dealing with those choices states,
21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it [for death or life]. (Proverbs 18)

We are the sum total of all the choices we have made in our life. Where we are today is the result of our choices. If we don’t like the life we are living now we have to make new choices. God gives us the choices, death or life, and then even tells us which one to choose to live.

19"Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, that you and your descendants might live! 20 Choose to love the LORD your God and to obey him and commit yourself to him, for he is your life. Then you will live long in the land the LORD swore to give your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob."

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