12 And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God ask of you but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to Him, to love Him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, 13 and to observe the Lord’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good?
Moses has completed his recounting of all the times Israel had rebelled against God and how he had interceded for the nation of Israel.
10 Now I had stayed on the mountain forty days and forty nights, as I did the first time, and the Lord listened to me at this time also. It was not his will to destroy you. 11 “Go,” the Lord said to me, “and lead the people on their way, so that they may enter and possess the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.”
So now, as they are about to enter the promised land, Moses has final instructions for the nation of Israel. The instructions continue through chapter 31 where Moses’ leadership is transferred to Joshua.
The Lord gave this command to Joshua son of Nun: “Be strong and courageous, for you will bring the Israelites into the land I promised them on oath, and I myself will be with you.”
Returning to our verses of the day, many read and recoil at the instruction that the people of Israel (and all of us) are to fear the Lord your God. David Guzik explains
God requires from us a reverential honor towards Him; not a fear that would make us shrink back, but a heart that so honors God that we would be hesitant to offend Him.
This only makes sense as He is our Creator and the Creator of all that is around us; not only on this earth, but in the whole of our existence – the universe. Along with this the Lord our God asks us to walk in obedience to him, or more simply to live our lives as He wishes, to walk on the road He has set out for us, not our own; to love him, not from a requirement, but a love that results from recognizing who He is and what He has done for us so we have a love of thankfulness; to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, what could be more natural than to serve our Creator and to live our lives for Him; and to observe the Lord’s commands and decrees. Thankfully Jesus summarized this to following two commandments
“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Of course as Moses said, these are for our own good. We may not recognize that or understand that, but it helps to always remember how great God’s love for us truly is.
This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
1 John 4:9-10
It’s Friday, I hope you have a Great Weekend and Go To Church. Remember and think on how Great God’s love is for us. Also think on what the Lord requires of us. The prophet Micah answered that question
To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.