Interestingly, there are two sets of Laws that are to be found in the Pentateuch. The First being the simple and more direct words of God as commandments to the Israelites, namely the Ten Commandments. After that in a way God disassociated with the Israelites, and the working rules and regulations sometimes given by God through Moses, like the instructions for the building of the Ark of the Covenant and the Tabernacle, but mostly the other rules and regulations were given by Moses, among others the concession of divorce.
Spiritually we can be likened to a ship, and this ship needs to flow in the River of Life (Holy Spirit), who continuously is transforming us and renewing us. But we also need to have Jesus in our Ship as the anchor (security) of our life. In sinning we are dropping anchors every time we indulge is sin.
In the company of the Chief Shepherd, how do we live… the Psalm 23 way.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit. Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will return to you.
Who is God? We can call Him Creator, the Originator of everything, the supreme being who controls everything, the terrifying Lord of the cosmos, etc. But those are titles and actions, who is He really? Is He unapproachable? Is He indifferent? The closest that I can get to express who He really is, is that He is Good, he is Love and He is Father.
“You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy.” The understanding of today’s readings, are in this line. God is saying, understand your identity. Understand who you are. When you do, you will know me as Father, and yourselves as my children.
God warned Noah, the head of his people, there is going to be a flood, prepare for it, save yourself and save your people. Build an ark, don’t mind the fact that you are in the middle of the desert, when the waters do come, it will be unimportant that you are in the desert, […]
God invites everyone to have a personal rapport with Him. Yes everyone. But then what are the things that don’t let us get into a personal, working and everyday/every moment relationship with God?
Isaiah speaks of fasting as not the act of skipping a meal/s. He says it is about being like God, i.e. seeking God’s heart each day and living according to who God is, since we are made in God’s image and likeness.
In giving the Law, God makes us aware of what is life and good, death and evil. But like the perfect gentleman that He is, he does not impose upon us, His will. He shows us that we may make an informed choice and decision.