God is not merely giving us suggestions on how to do things He is vey clear in what he asks of those who follow His Son Jesus Christ; just as he was with the nation of Israel. This weeks reading sheds a lot of light on this fact and shows God to be a loving God. I often like to call the 10 commandments the 10 don't hurt yourselves because that is what God is doing. He is pointing us toward things that will give a a life that is lived to the full if we would but listen to his calling and His instruction. Because I Said So..