9 comments on “Scriptures That Bother Me — Deuteronomy 8:10

  1. It is so easy to take things for granted – especially here in the states. There is so much that is out of our control that we must remember to thank God for all things. This is such a good reminder to do that!

  2. I think that this piece of scripture is very Native American in its direction to see the bigger picture. But I do think that you’re right, we take much for granted, and tend to mindlessly parrot things like grace before meals. I was particularly bothered by the Pledge of Allegiance when I was in school, in that everyone would stand, glaze over, and mumble the memorized words. So, I first stopped saying it, and then I sat, instead of standing. It’s odd to see the effect that breaking a cycle can have on others. At first, my peers were theorizing that I’d get into trouble. But why, I asked? It’s not a law, not an edict. It’s something we’re asked to do, to remind ourselves of the nature of our nation. Hmmm. 15 years later, I’m not sure if anyone got it, but I guess I could have made a bigger deal out of it.

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  3. Good morning. A very notable observation on how too often we become “religious” in our behaviors. While we are indeed called to be thankful in all things, too often prayer can become a ritual as “something that we do at this time.”

    May the Lord teach us to be truly thankful in everything and to worship him always.

    Have a blessed day in Jesus.

    timbob

  4. Tim,

    I think our habits and behaviors become a religion when we forget that God is the center of why and what we are doing, and we see our doing as the center. There is nothing wrong with rituals, as long as we are truly remembering God in those rituals. I want to remember, recall and rejoice in God for everything I am doing, and thank Him before, during and after what ever thing I’ve done. Of course, if I can’t do that, then perhaps I shouldn’t be doing it in the first place. But that idea I’ll save for another blog.

    Thanks for stopping by.

    Blessings,

    Jim

  5. You misquoted verse 8:12 which reads “lest you eat and shall be satisfied, and build lovely houses and shall dwell in them”, and not “your heart will become proud and you will forget the LORD your God”.

    Also, I would suggest that you be careful using the word LORD as it has a specific pagan reference in Hebrew. Other than that, I’m glad you shared Deuteronomy 8:10 – I never saw it quite that way, but you’ve helped me realize why th Jewish faith has prayers of thanksgiving after meals. They have been diligent in following all of the Torah…in many ways they’re a good example to the rest of us.

  6. GeneSis,

    I appreciate you showing me the error on my quote. I changed it in the text, as it should have been Deuteronomy 8:14. It is always good to have readers who will check up on me, for I can certainly use it!

    As for using the word LORD, I really don’t know what other word to use. By quoting Deut. 8:10 in the NIV, I used their translation of YHWH, which is LORD. Had I quoted the Chumash or the Tanach, I would have used HASHEM. However, by using HASHEM, I would have confused the majority of my readers, who are neither Hebrew nor Torah observant. I could have quoted The Message, which uses God. At least I didn’t use Young’s Literal Translations, which reads, “Jehovah they God.” Since I am not a Biblical language specialist, I must rely upon those who are more learned than I am in these matters.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog, and feel free to comment any time.

    Blessings,

    Jim

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