16 The Lord your God commands you this day to follow these decrees and laws; carefully observe them with all your heart and with all your soul. 17 You have declared this day that the Lord is your God and that you will walk in obedience to Him, that you will keep His decrees, commands and laws—that you will listen to Him. 18 And the Lord has declared this day that you are His people, His treasured possession as He promised, and that you are to keep all His commands. 19 He has declared that He will set you in praise, fame and honor high above all the nations He has made and that you will be a people holy to the Lord your God, as He promised.
Today we come to the end of chapter 26 and the section titled Follow The Lord’s Commands with four verses given above. This is actually a conclusion and exhortation to at the end of the longest discourse in the book of Deuteronomy. One of the rules I learned when giving briefings was: 1 – in the introduction, tell them what you are going to tell them, 2 – in the body, tell them what you told them you were going to tell them, and 3 – in the conclusion or summary, tell them what you told them. I know it sounds kind of silly, but it is very effective and these four verses above do a great job of telling us what we have been told over a number of preceding chapters in very concise summary form.
If you look carefully, you will see obedience throughout the first half of the summary-conclusion.
- First, follow these decrees and laws
- second, carefully observe them with all your heart and soul
- third, walk in obedience to Him
- fourth, you will keep His decrees, commands and laws
- fifth, you will listen to Him
- sixth, you are to keep all His commands
Then the final two verses address God’s promises for those who follow and observe His decrees and laws are:
- first, you are [to be] His people
- second, you are His treasured possession
- third, He will set you in praise, fame and honor high above all the nations
- fourth, you will be a people holy to the Lord your God
Then to make sure the most important point is not missed we read not once, but twice He promised. As a matter of fact the last two words are He promised. This was another rule in giving those briefings, let you biggest major point be the final point of your conclusion summary. There cannot be a greater point than Moses telling the Israelites the Lord your God, He promised!
You might be asking yourself, what about promises in the New Testament meant for one and all. Turns out there are plenty of them and I will list just a few here.
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.
The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.
2 Corinthians 1:20
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.
Promises abound in the New Testament and one way or another they all center around Jesus Christ. The greatest of all is the forgiveness of our sins from which comes the promise of eternal life.