Digital Set Top Box

This is a recording device that allows us to record TV shows on to a hard drive.

Deuteronomy 5:1-33

Reference:  v.22  These are the commandments the Lord proclaimed in a loud voice to your whole assembly there on the mountain from out of the fire, the cloud and the deep darkness; and he added nothing more.  Then he wrote them on two stone tablets and gave them to me. (NIV Bible)


Explore:  Connected to our TV we have a Digital Set Top Box (Topfield PVR that I call our "Digibox").  This is a recording device that allows us to record TV shows on to a hard drive.  While the Digibox does many great things to assist us in watching shows, the best thing it does is skip two and a half minutes forward or ten seconds back, all in an instant if you press the correct button.  The reason this is so wonderful is that an ad break is usually about two and a half minutes long, so in just an instant you can skip most of the ads from a recorded show.  On the other hand, if you miss an important piece of dialogue or visual interaction you can just press another button and it skips ten seconds back, replaying that part of the scene for you.  I will often press the ten-second-back button to confirm what I thought was said or to clarify something I didn't quite hear.  In fact, I use this button so frequently that often I go to press it in other situations when I'm not watching the TV!  If I miss something mentioned on the radio, I'll motion towards my ten-second-back button only to realise that I'm in the car listening to the radio and it does not apply in this context!!  I've even thought of my ten-second-back button during a few conversations face-to-face with people.  Unfortunately it doesn't seem to work then either!  But it's often handy to have something repeated to you, just to clarify what has been said.

Application:  Deuteronomy 5 is not the place most people refer to when they mention the 10 Commandments.  The first time we hear of the Commandments is in Exodus 20.  However, they are so important and such a pivotal part of God's communication to the Israelites, that they have been repeated in Deuteronomy.  Moses knew that God's people would need to be reminded of these essential commands and seeing he did not have a Digibox at the time, he thought that rewriting them was a better idea.  It's a good idea for us to also be reminded of the 10 Commandments.  If we follow them then we will walk closer to God and we will 'live and prosper and prolong our days.'(Deut 5:33)

Prayer:  Lord, thank you for your laws and commands.  May we strive to live according to Your will.  Amen.

What is something important that you have been reminded of lately?

This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.