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Deuteronomy 5

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 1 And Moses called all Israel, and said to them, "Hear, O Israel, the statutes and judgments which I speak in your ears this day, that you may learn them, and keep, and do them.

 2 The LORD our God made a covenant with us in Horeb.

 3 The LORD did not make this covenant with our fathers, but with us, even those who are all of us here alive this day.

 4 The LORD talked with you face to face in the mount out of the midst of the fire,

 5 (I stood between the LORD and you at that time, to show you the word of the LORD because you were afraid of the fire, and would not go up into the mount;) saying,

 6 'I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.

 7 You shall have none other gods before me.

 8 You shall not make you any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the waters beneath the earth:

 9 You shall not bow down yourself to them, nor serve them because I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me,

 10 And showing mercy to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.

 11 You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain because the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.

 12 Keep the sabbath day to sanctify it, as the LORD your God has commanded you.

 13 Six days you shall labor, and do all your work:

 14 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD your God; in it you shall not do any work, you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your manservant, nor your maidservant, nor your ox, nor your ass, nor any of your cattle, nor your stranger that is within your gates; that your manservant and your maidservant may rest as well as you.

 15 And remember that you were a servant in the land of Egypt, and that the LORD your God brought you out there through a mighty hand and by a stretched out arm. Therefore the LORD your God commanded you to keep the sabbath day.

 16 Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God has commanded you; that your days may be prolonged, and that it may go well with you, in the land which the LORD your God gives you.

 17 You shall not kill.

 18 Neither shall you commit adultery.

 19 Neither shall you steal.

 20 Neither shall you bear false witness against your neighbor.

 21 Neither shall you desire your neighbor's wife, neither shall you covet your neighbor's house, his field, or his manservant, or his maidservant, his ox, or his ass, or anything that is your neighbor's.'

 22 These words the LORD spoke to all your assembly in the mount out of the midst of the fire, of the cloud, and of the thick darkness, with a great voice; and he added no more. And he wrote them in two tables of stone, and he delivered them to me.

 23 And it came to pass, when you heard the voice out of the midst of the darkness, (for the mountain burnt with fire), that you came near to me, even all the heads of your tribes, and your elders;

 24 And you said, 'Behold, the LORD our God has showed us his glory and his greatness, and we have heard his voice out of the midst of the fire; we have seen this day that God does talk with man, and he lives.

 25 Now therefore why should we die? For this great fire will consume us, if we hear the voice of the LORD our God any more; then we shall die.

 26 For who is there of all flesh, that has heard the voice of the living God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as we have, and lived?

 27 You go near, and hear all that the LORD our God shall say; and speak you to us all that the LORD our God shall speak to you; and we will hear it, and do it.'

 28 And the LORD heard the voice of your words, when you spoke to me; and the LORD said to me, 'I have heard the voice of the words of this people, which they have spoken to you; they have well said all that they have spoken.

 29 O [I wish] that there were such a heart in them that they would fear me and keep all my commandments always; so that it might be well with them and with their children forever!1

 30 Go say to them, "Go into your tents again."

 31 But as for you, stand you here by me, and I will speak to you all the commandments, and the statutes, and the judgments, which you shall teach them, that they may do them in the land which I give them to possess it.

 32 You shall observe to do therefore as the LORD your God has commanded you; you shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left.

 33 You shall walk in all the ways which the LORD your God has commanded you, that you may live, and that it may be well with you, and that you may prolong your days in the land which you shall possess.'"


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1 O [I wish] that there were such a heart in them that they would fear me and keep all my commandments always; so that it might be well with them and with their children forever! Do you hear the tender hearted-kindness and goodness of the Lord in this statement? Do you have any idea how sad the human race makes Jesus? Do you have any idea how we break his heart with our willful disobedience, with our blindness to his teachings, his pleadings? Do you have any idea how sad it makes him to be inside of us as we drag him through the filth and sewers of sin in our lives?

He gives us free will. The price of free will is for us to ignore him, to immerse ourselves in sin, to walk according to the evil within our hearts — but he doesn't wish that for us. It is necessary for the few, (very few), to choose to seek him out of love and respect, out of a desire to know the creator, to please the creator. He must allow us to choose because that is the only way of love, which does not insist on or force its own way. O merciful Father and Blessed Lord Jesus, we are sorry; help us to find the way to please you, to bring you joy, to make you happy that you created us!

The Lord wants us to be happy, to love life, to celebrate life. Everything he tells us, everything his commands, all his laws, are to make us happy; to make our life full, virtuous, pleasant, satisfying. Some may think his laws and rules are restrictive of their pleasures, but the lure of sin, the lust for things and people, is just an illusion. Every man will find this out with the Lord's help, in this life or in the next. The Lord has to show us the deceitfulness of riches, lust, pleasures, and sin — then we will know the truth and we will be free.

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