Episode 9

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3rd Feb 2021

Deuteronomy 09

Deuteronomy #9

Having completed his discourse on the laws that should govern Israel, Moses reminds Israel of the necessity of obedience: obedience to these laws is obedience to God. Moses warns the Israelites: Do not obey the law as if it were a mere legal code instead show your love of God by obeying.

"This day the LORD your God commands you to do these statutes and ordinances; you shall therefore be careful to do them with all your heart and with all your soul. You have declared this day concerning the LORD that he is your God and that you will walk in his ways, and keep his statutes and his commandments and his ordinances, and will obey his voice; and the LORD has declared this day concerning you that you are a people for his own possession, as he has promised you, and that you are to keep all his commandments." Deut. 26:16-18

In these three verses, we see that, in Moses's eyes, the law is not mere legality; it is the basis of a marital covenant between God and his people, Israel. This bond is everlasting for God's word will never be broken, and if everlasting, then the source of principle of life for Israel. Thus, idolatry is spiritual adultery.

Moses's words are not meant for Israel only. They are even more applicable for the Church, the New Israel. By studying his words we gain a greater appreciation of the mysterious relation between Christ and his Church.

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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.