“And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways and to love Him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the commandments of the LORD and His statutes which I command you today for your good? Indeed heaven and the highest heavens belong to the LORD your God, also the earth with all that is in it. The LORD delighted only in your fathers, to love them; and He chose their descendants after them, you above all peoples, as it is this day. Therefore circumcise the foreskin of your heart, and be stiff-necked no longer. For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality nor takes a bribe. 18 He administers justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the stranger, giving him food and clothing. Therefore love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt. You shall fear the LORD your God; you shall serve Him, and to Him you shall hold fast, and take oaths in His name.” Deu 10:12-20
I saw a chiastic structure in this section:
1A: Deu 10:12-13, What the LORD requires;
1B: Deu 10:14, The greatness of God;
CENTRAL AXIS: Deu 10:15-16, We love Him (circumcise your heart) because He first loved us;
2B: Deu 10:17-18, The greatness of God;
2A: Deu 10:19-20, What the LORD requires.
The Father’s love, delight in, and acceptance of us is the center from which all things flow. Our own circumcised heart of love toward the LORD, the fear of God which is the beginning of wisdom, and true obedience to the LORD’s will, all flow from the heart that knows his Father’s love.
The three actions the Father took on our behalf revealed in the central axis are:
delight: Strong’s H2836, in Hebrew chashaq, chet – shin – quph. We have seen this before! The pictographs paint the picture of being bound together with a concentrated emotion, or maybe even being bound together for eternity.
love: Strong’s H157, in Hebrew ahab, aleph – hey – bet. We have seen this before! The pictographs paint the picture of love which reveals the heart of the father, or the strong emotion and actions inspired by the revelation that one’s family is a gift from YHVH.
choose: Strong’s H977, bachar, bet – chet – resh. We have seen this before! The pictographs paint the picture of the choicest animal for sacrifice which was slaughtered outside the fence; thus also the examination, the process of choosing, to determine which animal was the choicest.
So what is the LORD saying, when He says, He delighted in (chashaq) our fathers to love (ahab) them, and chose (bachar) us, their descendants, above all peoples? He bound Himself together with us, so that the connections and the entanglements formed could not be undone; and when He bound Himself together with us, He did this for all time. He bound Himself together with us because He loved us, His heart quickens with strong emotion and longing at the thought of us, and the actions He takes on our behalf are born of that strong emotion and longing. The actions He takes on our behalf reveal His Father’s heart of strong love for us. Because we are the seed of those He bound Himself to out of a heart of strong love, He has examined us and chosen us as the choicest above all peoples.
What if someone is not a physical descendant of Abraham? Jesus and Paul taught us that Abraham’s seed, whom God set His love upon and chose as well pleasing to Him, are those in whom the Word of God (the seed, who is Jesus Christ, Mar 4:14, Joh 1:1, 14) finds a home (Joh 8:37-47, Rom 9:6-8).