Deuteronomy 4:32-40 Reflection:
The theme of today’s first reading is the ‘closeness of God.’ Moses asks the people to reflect on what has gone before; the taking of the people from Egypt, the miracles and wonders, the people hearing the voice of God as he spoke to Moses in the tent of meeting. The God of Israel is a God who is close and near to us and is involved in every aspect of our lives. Here is what Moses says:
“Moses said to the people: ‘Put this question to the ages that are past, that went before you, from the time God created man on earth: Was there ever a word so majestic, from one end of heaven to the other? Was anything ever heard? Did ever a people hear the voice of the living God speaking from the heart of the fire, as you heard it, and remain alive? Has any god ventured to take to himself one nation from the midst of another by ordeals, signs, wonders, war with mighty hand and outstretched arm, by fearsome terrors – all this that the Lord your God did for you before your eyes in Egypt?”
Here we read that Moses and the people of Israel understand themselves as having been chosen by God, a people set apart, a special people in the midst of the world. Christian development tells us that in dying Jesus broke down the barrier between Jew and Gentile and that now we are all one people, the people of God and that we can only be outside this body when we chose to be so. Jesus came that ‘not one of these little ones shall be lost.’
The Moses goes on to give the reason why God has done these things. The reason is so that we will know that he alone is God and that there is no other God like him. When we reflect on our own lives we see that the times when we were in real trouble and when the chips were down, it was only God who could have brought us through; we are supposed to know and acknowledge that God is God and there is no other.
Life is built in such a way that we can see God if we look with the eyes of faith. But we must be willing to believe: if we are waiting on god to prove himself to us we will have a long wait! He is God, he does not need our approval.