2 The LORD our God made a covenant with us at Horeb. 3 It was not with our ancestors that the LORD made this covenant, but with us, with all of us who are alive here today.
Thoughts: The nature of the Ten Commandments was that it is a part of a covenant. God is establishing a relationship with us. He cares for us, so He is giving us these rules that will help us to live good lives-- the way we are designed to live. The covenant is an ongoing covenant for all who believe. It was not just with those who were at Sinai/Horeb, but for all of us. God is not just a God of the past. He is the beginning and the end-- God from generation to generation. Moses knew that the natural desire of human beings is to think that God is for the past and not for the present; that laws were for one generation, but not for all time. So today, some secular people think the Ten Commandments are passe, and are man-made, uncaring laws that are meant only to control us. For those who have faith, the Ten Commandments are part of God's gracious loving revelation to us- given out of a loving covenant relationship. As long as God loves us- and relates to us, (that is as long as humans are alive) they are still valid.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, that you care not just about my ancestors but also care for me. Let me have a listening and grateful heart.
John Calvin Abridged: He was arousing them to zeal noting the special privilege they have of the Law.