When I was in college I fulfilled some General Education credit requirements by taking a Philosophy 101 class. Here’s how it went down —
On the first day of class, the professor handed out a great big packet of notes — pages and pages of single spaced, perfectly outlined notes. On the second day of class, the professor had us open the packet and follow along as he read the notes out loud. Word for word. Every day. All semester. So boring.
So why go to class, right? I could have just read the notes myself, right?
Wrong. Because our grade was based on attendance.
The tests were all True/False exams and we were free to use our wonderful packet of notes at will. The prof even tipped us off as to what was going to be on the final exam. There were no excuses for flunking his class.
I got an A but the only thing I learned was to stay away from Philosophy 102.
Moses spent forty years out in the desert school trying to teach a bunch of rebellious Israelites the rules. He wrote five books of the Old Testament, making sure they had all the information they needed to have a good life in the Promised Land. He reminded the people over and over again of who they were and whose they were. Just before Moses died, he laid it all out there one more time and then told the people there would be a pop quiz. It would be a one-question test, with the choice of two possible answers. Then, just to be sure they didn’t mess up, He gave them the correct answer.
See, I set before you today
1) life and prosperity
2) death and destruction
(psst….. now choose life).
Deuteronomy 30:15, 19