Metaphysical Bible Interpretation of Deuteronomy Chapter 5
Metaphysically Interpreting Deuteronomy 5:1-21
5:1And Moses called unto all Israel, and said unto them, Hear, O Israel, the statutes and the ordinances which I speak in your ears this day, that ye may learn them, and observe to do them. 5:2Jehovah our God made a covenant with us in Horeb. 5:3Jehovah made not this covenant with our fathers, but with us, even us, who are all of us here alive this day. 5:4Jehovah spake with you face to face in the mount out of the midst of the fire, 5:5(I stood between Jehovah and you at that time, to show you the word of Jehovah: for ye were afraid because of the fire, and went not up into the mount;) saying,
5:8Thou shalt not make unto thee a graven image, nor any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: 5:9thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them; for I, Jehovah, thy God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the third and upon the fourth generation of them that hate me; 5:10and showing lovingkindness unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments.
5:12Observe the sabbath day, to keep it holy, as Jehovah thy God commanded thee. 5:13Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work; 5:14but the seventh day is a sabbath unto Jehovah thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, nor thy man-servant, nor thy maid-servant, nor thine ox, nor thine ass, nor any of thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates; that thy man-servant and thy maid-servant may rest as well as thou. 5:15And thou shalt remember that thou wast a servant in the land of Egypt, and Jehovah thy God brought thee out thence by a mighty hand and by an outstretched arm: therefore Jehovah thy God commanded thee to keep the sabbath day.
5:17Thou shalt not kill.
5:18Neither shalt thou commit adultery.
5:19Neither shalt thou steal.
5:21Neither shalt thou covet thy neighbor's wife; neither shalt thou desire thy neighbor's house, his field, or his man-servant, or his maid-servant, his ox, or his ass, or anything that is thy neighbor's.
May 8[?], 1921: Deuteronomy 5:12-15
What is the Sabbath day which we are commanded to keep holy? The Sabbath day is the consciousness that we have fulfilled the Divine Law in both thought and act.
Do those who merely rest from physical labor on Sunday, fulfill this law? No. The law must be observed in Spirit. Physical rest fulfills only a part of the law. Sabbath rest carries with it the idea of worship. “God is Spirit: and they that worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”
October 26, 1941: Deuteronomy 5:32-33
Is man compelled to keep the divine law, or has he free will in this respect? He is free to disobey the law, but doing so is his undoing. For man the divine law is the law of his well-being: “that it may be well with you, and that ye may prolong your days.” To disobey the law brings man into consciousness of evil, either physical suffering and death or evil effects in his mind and moral nature.
April 22, 1951: Deuteronomy 5:1-6
What is meant by the term “the divine law”? In Truth teaching the term is used to denote the law that governs the expression or manifestation of life by all living creatures. In the measure that living creatures conform to the law they express life.
How is the divine law evidenced in the animal? As instinct to follow a course of action that tends to preserve and continue the animal's existence.
How is the divine law evidenced in man? As an inner, compelling urge so to live and act as to develop his innate powers and abilities and to aspire and progress continually toward the highest ideals of which he can conceive.
What is the highest interpretation of the divine law that we yet have? The two great commandments summed up by Jesus Christ as love of God and love of neighbor. “We are to love God, the true and the good. We are to love others as ourselves.”
Under the divine law how is our good made manifest? In longer, deeper, richer life, “that he might preserve us alive, as at this day.”
If we are to spend our time in taking thought for others, how can we realize our individual good? The good of all is the good of one; therefore in taking thought for others and serving mankind we realize our individual good, our divine destiny.
Metaphysically Interpreting Deuteronomy 5:22-33
5:22These words Jehovah spake unto all your assembly in the mount out of the midst of the fire, of the cloud, and of the thick darkness, with a great voice: and he added no more. And he wrote them upon two tables of stone, and gave them unto me. 5:23And it came to pass, when ye heard the voice out of the midst of the darkness, while the mountain was burning with fire, that ye came near unto me, even all the heads of your tribes, and your elders; 5:24and ye said, Behold, Jehovah our God hath showed us his glory and his greatness, and we have heard his voice out of the midst of the fire: we have seen this day that God doth speak with man, and he liveth. 5:25Now therefore why should we die? for this great fire will consume us: if we hear the voice of Jehovah our God any more, then we shall die. 5:26For who is there of all flesh, that hath heard the voice of the living God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as we have, and lived? 5:27Go thou near, and hear all that Jehovah our God shall say: and speak thou unto us all that Jehovah our God shall speak unto thee; and we will hear it, and do it.
5:28And Jehovah heard the voice of your words, when ye spake unto me; and Jehovah said unto me, I have heard the voice of the words of this people, which they have spoken unto thee: they have well said all that they have spoken. 5:29Oh that there were such a heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever! 5:30Go say to them, Return ye to your tents. 5:31But as for thee, stand thou here by me, and I will speak unto thee all the commandment, and the statutes, and the ordinances, which thou shalt teach them, that they may do them in the land which I give them to possess it. 5:32Ye shall observe to do therefore as Jehovah your God hath commanded you: ye shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left. 5:33Ye shall walk in all the way which Jehovah your God hath commanded you, that ye may live, and that it may be well with you, and that ye may prolong your days in the land which ye shall possess.
Transcribed by Lloyd Kinder on 01-31-2014