Moses: So now, Israel, pay close attention to the laws and judgments I’m going to teach you. If you follow them, you’ll enter and live in the land the Eternal, the God of your ancestors, is giving you. You’ll conquer it, and it will become your territory.
Over and over in the books of the Law Moses passed on to the children of Israel the commands of God. In Deuteronomy 4 he explains again exactly what God wants so that they can have no doubt of what is expected. So that they know exactly where they stand. The wonderful thing is that Jesus does the same thing. He explains what is expected of those who follow Him. What those who call Him ‘Lord’ should be like. He compares it to building a house with firm foundations that stands the test as opposed to building a house without good foundations that easily falls. Luke 6:46-49
God never pretends to be anything other than what He is. He never deceives us into thinking we need to do one thing when in fact we ought to be doing something else. He is always perfectly clear.
This is so good as we look around our world and see things changing from one day to the next. Things that were unacceptable are now commonplace; things that were considered good are now considered bad. But God doesn’t change. He’s never changed. He wanted from Israel a people who would worship, love and obey Him. He wants from us a people that worship, love and obey Him.
The commands He gave were summarised by Jesus into two: to love God with all we are and to love our neighbour as we love ourselves. Jesus said that before we call Him ‘Lord’ we should make sure we have checked out what it will cost us.
33 In the same way, if you want to be My disciple, it will cost you everything. Don’t underestimate that cost!
The question is what is more valuable to us that God? What is there in our lives that matters more than He does? What is more important than loving Him, worshipping Him, obeying Him? Moses warned the Israelites against idols; not to make any and to destroy any made by others. Anything that interferes with our commitment to God is an idol. It doesn’t have to be a statue or picture; in fact, it’s more likely to be an idea or purpose that gets in the way of our love for Him.
God is perfectly clear about who He is and what He wants from us. He is loving and kind, He is merciful and gracious. He wants us to acknowledge who He is. When we do this what other response can there be but obedience and submission?
39 You just need to know with every fiber of your being that the Eternal, and no one else, is God up in heaven and down here on the earth.
I pray this becomes more true for me and for you daily.