Deuteronomy 6:1-3

Deuteronomy 6:1-3

1 These are the commands, decrees and laws the Lord your God directed me to teach you to observe in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess, 2 so that you, your children and their children after them may fear the Lord your God as long as you live by keeping all His decrees and commands that I give you, and so that you may enjoy long life. 3 Hear, Israel, and be careful to obey so that it may go well with you and that you may increase greatly in a land flowing with milk and honey, just as the Lord, the God of your ancestors, promised you.
Deuteronomy 6:1-3

Yesterday we concluded chapter 5 with Moses saying 33 Walk in obedience to all that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess. In this chapter Moses begins by making sure the Israelites understand these are not his, but instead they are the commands, decrees and laws the Lord your God directed me to teach you to observe in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess, so that you, your children and their children after them may fear the Lord your God as long as you live by keeping all His decrees and commands that I give you, and so that you may enjoy long life. Note the promise of enjoying a long life.

No wonder Moses repeats himself in stating the importance of obedience Hear, Israel, and be careful to obey so that it may go well with you and that you may increase greatly in a land flowing with milk and honey, just as the Lord, the God of your ancestors, promised you.

How are they (we) do assure obedience? Moses provides some good instruction there as well.

5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.
Deuteronomy 6:5-9

Today we are not going to tie the commandments to our hands or bind them on our foreheads or write them on the doorframes of our houses or gates. However, we can talk about them with our spouse or friends and with our children both at home and out and about. We can also buy posters or signs to put up in our homes to remind us of God’s word and His blessings. Yes, we can do all of that, but we will still be missing the mark if we do not Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. This is the first requirement and the foundation of everything else. If we want to really obey God and follow Jesus it begins with Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.

Jesus, knowing this gave the following answer to the question what is the greatest commandment with the added details about all the law and the prophets.

37 “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Matthew 22:37-40

It’s Friday and I hope you have a Great Weekend and remember to Go To Church. Also think of all the teachings from the prophets and of the law and how they all hang or derive from the two commandments Jesus directs us to think on.