The book of Deuteronomy serves as a repetition of God’s laws. Essentially Deuteronomy is a second statement of Mosaic Law. The need for human beings to remember suggests that individuals tend to forget. Thus, Moses is inspired by God to repeat what was written in previous books to highlight what God fearing Jews should remember and obey.
God fed you manna in the wilderness, [a substance] which your fathers did not know, so that He might humble you [by dependence on Him] and that He might test you, to do good [things] for you at the end. 17 Otherwise, you may say in your heart, ‘My power and the strength of my hand made me this wealth, Deuteronomy 8:16-17.
Chapter 8 serves as a brief summary of God’s faithfulness to his people while in the wilderness. When the people were hungry, manna from heaven appeared to eat. After individuals became tired of bread, the Lord sent quail as well to eat. However, murmurs began to spread among the camp that some hearts were considering to trust in their own strength rather than rely solely on God. This led Moses to draw a line in the sand, “it’s your choice to remember or forget.”
18 But you shall remember [with profound respect] the Lord your God, for it is He who is giving you power to make wealth, that He may confirm His covenant which He swore (solemnly promised) to your fathers, as it is this day. 19 And it shall come about if you ever forget the Lord your God and follow other gods and serve them and worship them, I testify against you today that you will most certainly perish, Deuteronomy 8:18-19.
Each decision that you make has eternal consequences. Remembering God through obedience results in blessings, seen and unseen. On the other hand, those who slowly forget God will be punished via a series of curses meant to drive you back into the merciful hands of God. Unfortunately, the longer you forget God, the harder it becomes to return. For those who do, the spiritual baggage accrued takes months and even years to sort through. In view of this, save yourself the heartache by remembering and obeying God’s Word daily.
by Jay Mankus