10 Then the Lord said: “I am making a covenant with you. Before all your people I will do wonders never before done in any nation in all the world. The people you live among will see how awesome is the work that I, the Lord, will do for you. 11 Obey what I command you today. I will drive out before you the Amorites, Canaanites, Hittites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. 12 Be careful not to make a treaty with those who live in the land where you are going, or they will be a snare among you. 13 Break down their altars, smash their sacred stones and cut down their Asherah poles.
Moses, in chapter 32, came down from the mountain after meeting with the Lord carrying the 10 commandments. What he saw, the worship of an idol – a golden calf, greatly displeased him.
19 When Moses approached the camp and saw the calf and the dancing, his anger burned and he threw the tablets out of his hands, breaking them to pieces at the foot of the mountain. 20 And he took the calf the people had made and burned it in the fire; then he ground it to powder, scattered it on the water and made the Israelites drink it.
Moses is clearly upset and questions his brother Aaron about why he led the people in such sin. Aaron’s replyis priceless in refusing to take any responsibility
22 “Do not be angry, my lord,” Aaron answered. “You know how prone these people are to evil. 23 They said to me, ‘Make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don’t know what has happened to him.’ 24 So I told them, ‘Whoever has any gold jewelry, take it off.’ Then they gave me the gold, and I threw it into the fire, and out came this calf!”
Moses then did as God told him to do. He called “Whoever is for the Lord, come to me.” And all the Levites rallied to him. They were to take swords and go through the entire camp and kill any they knew who had worshipped the golden calf. When they were done 3,000 were dead. So on the following day
Moses said to the people, “You have committed a great sin. But now I will go up to the Lord; perhaps I can make atonement for your sin.”
Chapter 33 gives us some of the conversation between the Lord and Moses whereupon we then enter chapter 34 and our verses of the day where God says Obey what I command you today. I will drive out before you the Amorites, Canaanites, Hittites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. God makes promises based upon the condition of obeying what He has commanded. Yesterday’s verse from chapter 24 where Moses took the Book of the Covenant and read it to the people. They responded, “We will do everything the Lord has said; we will obey.” As we now know it did not take them long to disobey with dire consequences. When the Lord now says Obey what I command you today He is referring to the ten commandments He has given to Moses as well as many laws found in the Book of the Covenant (chapter 33).
Jesus along with naming the two greatest commands gave a specific command for His followers.
34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
Are we loving one another? Are we? Paul considered this so important that he said it made us ambassadors
We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.
2 Corinthians 5:20
Are we loving one another and acting as Christ’s ambassadors? Are we?