Episode 8

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3rd Feb 2021

Deuteronomy 08

Deuteronomy #8

This lecture continues the study of laws pertaining to ordinary everyday lives in the context of ancient Israel. It covers forbidden relationships, the sanctity of the military camp, and other related laws.

All along, in the book of Deuteronomy, Moses's focus remains the sanctification of Israel. His singular focus is proper modes of worship before the Lord and therefore appropriate behavior in all walks of life.

It is sometimes tempting to focus on the specifics of each law and lose track of the big picture: why were these laws given in the first place?

The laws addressing forbidden relationships are less about what is being forbidden and more about what is the proper conduct before the Lord. Moses knows that he was prevented from entering into the Promised Land by his disobedience and this singular event colors his reflection in Deuteronomy. He wants Israel to be obedient, faithful, and morally upright before the Lord because God deserves nothing less. He knows God is holy, supremely so, and he wants Israel to mirror this holiness so that God may be honored and Israel may live in peace

This imperative, this call to holiness is no less urgent today. "Be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect," the Lord commands us and by studying the laws enacted by Moses we deepen our understanding of this holiness the Lord wants us to attain.

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Deuteronomy
Mose's Commentary
The Book of Deuteronomy is Moses' commentary on the Law given in Leviticus. Here, Moses gives his farewell address to Israel, expressing both his love for his nation, his hopes and fears for its future.

Deuteronomy is the companion book to Leviticus. Together, they provide us a set of wide-ranging laws that govern the liturgical, sacrificial, familial, and civil life of Israel under one main heading: "Holiness unto the Lord." Yet, Moses knew how deeply flawed the nation was. Forty years in the wilderness has given him a profound understanding of the human condition and has made him acutely aware of its tendency to sin and to stubbornly refuse to surrender to the will of God. But forty years of companionship with the Lord has taught him about the surpassing love of God, his patience, his forbearance, his care for his people, and his great mercy.

By studying the Book of Deuteronomy we gain a deep insight into the mind of the great man of God, Moses, listen to his voice echoing through the centuries, filled with the wisdom of God and his mercy. Indeed, Moses is a foreshadowing of the Lord Jesus Christ, and by listening to the voice of Moses, we are better prepared to listen to the voice of the Master.

This in-depth study of Deuteronomy will help you to:

Better appreciate the importance of daily examination of conscience.
Develop a greater love for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and
Grow in the knowledge of the Pentateuch, so essential for a proper understanding of the New Testament.

About your host

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Michael Mouawad

Michael Joseph Mouawad, aka Naji Mouawad, is a Lebanese-born Maronite. The Maronite Rite is one of the eastern rites of the Catholic Church under the authority of the Pope. The Maronites go back to Antioch and are disciples of Saint Maron--hence the name.

Michael is a husband and a father of seven children. He taught scripture at several churches in the San Diego Area. Predominantly, he taught the bible at Saint Ephrem Maronite Church, and at Saint Margaret in Ocean Side. He chose to teach Scripture for Catholics who wanted to deepen their understanding of the Word of God and who were willing to dive deep into the text. While these studies are not a verse-by-verse examination of the pages, they dive deep into the original meaning. The singular goal of this study is to help every Catholic to live a more biblically-centered life and to understand our present times in light of the Scriptures.

Qorbono--notice no u!--is a Syriac word that means the Mass and the Eucharist. This was the site that Michael maintained for years to share these bible studies with the world and now he is happy to make them available via podcasts for easier access and availability.

Michael is also the author of a high-fantasy epic--The Epic of Ahiram. He has already published five books of that epic and is working on publishing the remaining four. The Epic is evangelization via story-telling. It introduces essential Catholic concepts, including angels, demons, and transubstantiation to a generation of readers who may have grown up never hearing of or understanding these notions.

Michael is a professional Lead Software architect with over twenty years of experience in this field and loves writing code for his own use.