A portion of the Old Testament book of Deuteronomy provides the background for today’s lesson, emphasizing the nearness and accessibility of God’s promises to Israel. As Deut. states, “the word is very near to you; it is in your mouth and in your heart for you to observe” (Deut. 30:14).
We live in a very divided world where people are continually building walls of separation: Democrats and Republicans, with no middle ground, moderate Republicans and more conservative Republicans attacking each other. Factions of Democrats sling mud at each other. We also divide by race and income, by sports teams and universities. We are all placed into categories.