God is constantly telling His people to REMEMBER what He has done for them. Today He says when they come into the land flowing with milk and honey, He wants them to remember how He rescued them out of Egypt. So He tells them to gather the first of the produce and bring it to the priest and do what? Tell the Story! “‘My father was a Syrian (Jacob), about to perish, and he went down to Egypt and dwelt there…Egyptians mistreated us…we cried out…the Lord heard our voice…so the Lord brought us out…and he gave us this land…’”
This is God’s Story all about Jesus and He wants His people to remember it and retell it. “But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.” (1 Cor 15:20) Like the Israelites, we are to remember how we were rescued. We were dead in our trespasses but made alive in Christ. (Ephesians 2:1-6)
What does remembering do? It leads to worship and thanksgiving. Moses tells the Israelites when they cross the Jordan they are to write a copy of the book of the law and place it on Mount Ebal so that His words are constantly before the people. Then he gives further instructions for the ceremony of blessings on Mount Gerizim and curses on Mount Ebal as we first read about in Deut 11:26-32. This ceremony takes place in Shechem where the Lord first promised the land to Abram’s descendants (Gen 12:6-7). After the conquest Joshua will renew the covenant with the Israelites at Shechem (Joshua 24) before he dies.
We are almost to the Conquest Era so keep reading!