was it important for the ancient Israelites to remember their story?
There are many chapters and passages in the bible that are dedicated to the discussion of the history of Israelites. There are long creation stories in genesis, a review by Moses on the exodus of Israelites Deuteronomy that gives a steady discussion of all the major historical event. Deuteronomy occurs in the plains of Moab that is in the east bank of Jordan river. I believe that for the ancient Israelites, the purpose of Deuteronomy was punishment. I say this because they rebelled against God and didn’t trust in him, so he let them stay on Mt. Sinai for one year, and they traveled through the wilderness for thirty-eight years. “Indeed, the Lord’s own hand was against them, to root them out from the camp, until all had perished.” (Deuteronomy 1:15). God was doing this so that they can perish because they doubted the Lord, and he didn’t want them to go to the promised land. Deuteronomy 1:34 says “When the Lord heard your words, he was wrathful and swore: 35 “Not one of these—not one of this evil generation—shall see the good land that I swore to give to your ancestors, 36 except Caleb, son of Jephunneh. He shall see it, and to him and his descendants, I will give the land on which he set foot, because of his complete fidelity to the Lord.” During the accent times; following god’s words and laws was a true test of faith for many people those who did not abide by them were punished. Deuteronomy also talks about how God wanted his people to trust in him and keep all his commands.
How does the biblical story connect to your own life?
I believe my life is centered around the bible, I find myself consistently thinking about how blessed and thankful to God I am. Like many others around the world, whether if we are born rich or poor, we are still thankful. For example, having to work two jobs in order to pay for my classes that will go towards my degree. As a result, I am thankful to god because he has installed in me the ability to work hard toward my dreams. At the same time, receiving my high school diploma and getting hired as a department store manager. Did not happen due to my hard work but god work so I always thank god for my blessings little or small. I think that even though these blessings may seem to come from our own hard work. However, in fact it comes from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. That why I believe that it is right to gives thanks to god through living our lives in justly and listen to what he tells us to do. Like abiding by the ten commandments god is giving us a set of laws to live by. Although, it may be a little hard to apply every part of the Ten Commandments to my everyday life at once. It’s important to me to continue to work every day to apply each of the Ten Commandments to my everyday life. In Deuteronomy 16:1-7 is where God provides and asks for a small sacrifice in return for his grace.