Deuteronomy 11:13-15

Deuteronomy 11:13-15

22 If you carefully observe all these commands I am giving you to follow—to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to Him and to hold fast to Him— 23 then the Lord will drive out all these nations before you, and you will dispossess nations larger and stronger than you. 24 Every place where you set your foot will be yours: Your territory will extend from the desert to Lebanon, and from the Euphrates River to the Mediterranean Sea. 25 No one will be able to stand against you. The Lord your God, as he promised you, will put the terror and fear of you on the whole land, wherever you go.
Deuteronomy 11:13-15

Monday we started with verse 13 in this chapter and discussed the titles the NIV has Love and Obey they Lord and the NRSV Rewards for Obedience. The NRSV title seemed fitting for the verse, but not the conclusion as we are to obey the Lord out of love, not for the rewards. Today’s verse begins with this thought front and center If you carefully observe all these commands I am giving you to follow—to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to Him and to hold fast to Him. Moses begins with love the Lord your God then follows with walk in obedience to Him and continues with a method for doing so by holding fast to Him.

Great clarity in the directions given and then Moses states the rewards that follow! Every place where you set your foot will be yours. No one will be able to stand against you. These are the promises God gave to the Israelites if they would but follow Him as they entered the promised land. However these were not the only promises, for these were the promises if they obeyed. What if they disobeyed? Reading a bit further we find Moses saying

26 See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse— 27 the blessing if you obey the commands of the Lord your God that I am giving you today; 28 the curse if you disobey the commands of the Lord your God and turn from the way that I command you today by following other gods, which you have not known.
Deuteronomy 11:26-28

And finally

31 You are about to cross the Jordan to enter and take possession of the land the Lord your God is giving you. When you have taken it over and are living there, 32 be sure that you obey all the decrees and laws I am setting before you today.
Deuteronomy 11:31-32

In other words, don’t forget the source of your blessings. Keep foremost in your mind and in your heart where your blessing come from. Moses is even more explicit in the next chapter when he says

28 Be careful to obey all these regulations I am giving you, so that it may always go well with you and your children after you, because you will be doing what is good and right in the eyes of the Lord your God.
29 The Lord your God will cut off before you the nations you are about to invade and dispossess. But when you have driven them out and settled in their land, 30 and after they have been destroyed before you, be careful not to be ensnared by inquiring about their gods, saying, “How do these nations serve their gods? We will do the same.” 31 You must not worship the Lord your God in their way, because in worshiping their gods, they do all kinds of detestable things the Lord hates. They even burn their sons and daughters in the fire as sacrifices to their gods.
Deuteronomy 12:28-31

God loves us so much He eventually gave His Son as a sacrifice or ransom for our sins and as Jesus taught Nicodemus

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.
John 3:16-18