“Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders.” (Deuteronomy 6:8)
Now this verse jumped out at me for a strange reason. I read an interesting article recently about a number of minute scrolls believed to be 2000 years old. They were worn by devout Jews who took Moses’ words literally and wrote the commandments on small scrolls which they would wear on their arms and heads inside tiny leather pouches.
But, to me, if you take this verse in context, Moses is telling his followers, again (and again!) to keep God’s Commandments. Why is he so insistent? Because God has already told him he won’t be entering the promised land and they are almost at the end of their wonderings.
So, in my view, Moses is really REALLY anxious. He didn’t mean it to be taken literally, he was stressing the point. The modern equivalent is “I’ll write it on a Post It note and stick it to my forehead.”
Which is something I need to do a lot!