Deuteronomy Blog Chapter 6

June 30/12 - Deuteronomy 6:25, NIV

And if we are careful to obey all this law before the Lord our God, as he has commanded us, that will be our righteousness.

If we could obey all the law of God perfectly we would not need a Saviour, the law would be our righteousness. However, what we learn is that we cannot perfectly keep the law. It is impossible. In fact, we are even born as lawbreakers. The law points us to Jesus and says, "You need help! I can't do it." We must stand in the righteousness of Christ. Our increased law keeping then becomes an expression of love not a legalistic standard.

June 28/12 - Deuteronomy 6:24, NIV

The Lord commanded us to obey all these decrees and to fear the Lord our God, so that we might always prosper and be kept alive, as is the case today.

Keeping the law brings prosperity. It shows us the way God designed His world to operate. It brings health and long life. But the laws are not suggestions that we can choose to obey or disobey without consequences. Adam and Eve discovered that. The law is for our good, but it is also a requirement. We need to have a healthy fear of God. We should be afraid of breaking His law. When we live in a nation of law-breakers it is easy to forget the seriousness of the consequences of disobedience. If we do not want to be swept away in the wrong company, we will develop a fear of the Lord.

June 27/12 - Deuteronomy 6:23, NIV

But he brought us out from there to bring us in and give us the land that he promised on oath to our forefathers.

God never brings us out of a place [physically, mentally or spiritually] to leave us stranded. He always brings us out to bring us into some place better. The process may take a while, but it will be completed. God has a "land" for us but to enter the land we have to leave what we know behind. Even slavery can become acceptable because of its familiarity. Change is difficult. But if we want all that God has for us we will have to follow Him out of what we know into what we do not know. Of course, it is not unknown to Him. We have to trust He knows where He is going.

June 20/12 - Deuteronomy 6:21-22, NIV

tell him: “We were slaves of Pharaoh in Egypt, but the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand. Before our eyes the Lord sent miraculous signs and wonders—great and terrible—upon Egypt and Pharaoh and his whole household.

Our testimony is powerful. It is great to read about and know what God has done for others, but it more real when we can say, "This is what God has done for me or this is what God has done for our family down through the generations." Israelites of all time could look back to this great event and know that God worked for them. As the true children of Abraham, all this history is ours. We, too, can say, "Look what God has done for us."

No government ruler, no matter how powerful, can stand against God when God decides to move on behalf of His people. God has a timing for everything. He allows persecution to last for a set period of time, and then His anger is displayed as He rescues His beloved people. Let all the rulers of this world take note: Stand with God and His church, or be destroyed.

June 5/12 - Deuteronomy 6:20, NIV

In the future, when your son asks you, “What is the meaning of the stipulations, decrees and laws the Lord our God has commanded you?”

Part of the purpose of the ceremonies was to get the next generation curious about the things of God. Always we are to pass on the next generation the things we have learned. We are to teach and train our children in the ways of God. Part of the process is to engage them and get them interested. The world can seem so attractive to young eyes [and not-so-young eyes!]. We have to be constantly promoting by example as well as words a Godly lifestyle. When our children wonder why we are different from ungodly families, we should be able to explain. A Godly lifestyle should be attractive, not harsh and demanding.

June 1/12 - Deuteronomy 6:18-19, NIV

Do what is right and good in the Lord’s sight, so that it may go well with you and you may go in and take over the good land that the Lord promised on oath to your forefathers, thrusting out all your enemies before you, as the Lord said.

All God's promises in the both Old and New Testaments are conditional on obedience. The idea that we can sin and live anyway we want to and still have God's blessing or have God turn a blind eye is a heathen concept not a Christian one. God is Holy and He requires holiness from His people. Yes, we stand in the holiness of Christ, but if we are truly disciples of Jesus Christ our lives will continually grow to reflect that holiness. Then we will see the hand of God moving on our behalf.

May 29/12 - Deuteronomy 6:17, NIV

Be sure to keep the commands of the Lord your God and the stipulations and decrees he has given you.

As we have seen, many times Moses instructed the Israelites to keep God's commands and laws. This was not for God's benefit. God already keeps all His own laws - that's His definition of perfection. This is for our benefit so that we can have the fulfilling relationship with God that we were designed to have and know how life works so that we can get the best out of it. Failure to keep God's laws works destruction just like driving a car with no oil will ruin the engine!

May 28/12 - Deuteronomy 6:16, NIV

Do not test the Lord your God as you did at Massah.

This is the verse Jesus quoted when faced with the temptation of Satan. We are to be obedient to God, not test Him out of our doubt or selfish ambition. We know God has promised to protect us, but we do not step in front of trains to try and force God to prove Himself. We know God is our Provider, but we are not financially foolish hoping God will bail us out. There is a line between faith and presumption. To cross that line is testing God…and it is sin.

May 19/12 - Deuteronomy 6:15, NIV

for the Lord your God, who is among you, is a jealous God and his anger will burn against you, and he will destroy you from the face of the land.

Like a loving and committed husband, God will guard His relationship with His Bride fiercely. She is the apple of His eye and He has every right to expect He will be the apply of her eye. Should she leave Him, His anger and judgment will burn white hot. Israel experienced this until the point where she was divorced from God. God then married a new wife: The Church. Although individual members in the Church will fail, the Church as a whole will remain faithful. God will have His loving and pure Bride.

May 18/12 - Deuteronomy 6:14, NIV

Do not follow other gods, the gods of the peoples around you;

Christians can be tempted to imitate the culture of the world around them. Sometimes they try to justify that as an attempt to attract the world. Opposites attract. The world will never be attracted to Christ if they do not see a fundamental difference between the two. What will attract them is seeing the love Christians have for Jesus and each other. It is the power of God that will draw them not faith in the most modern programs. We need to focus on Jesus and walk in His footsteps. That will make us different and offensive to those who are perishing, but attractive to those who are truly seeking. This difference is primarily one of attitude and action not outward styles. Individuals must judge their outward "styles" by the standards of God's Word not by popular culture.

May 16/12 - Deuteronomy 6:13, NIV

Fear the Lord your God, serve him only and take your oaths in his name.

We are to be single-minded. A doubled-minded man is unstable in all his ways. Our eyes are to be on God alone. We are not to fear what men may think about us or do to us. Our every action is to be a service to the One we love and Who has given His life for us. By taking oaths in His name, like swearing on the Bible in court, we are saying He is the ultimate authority in our lives. We can look no higher.

May 15/12 - Deuteronomy 6:11-12, NIV

houses filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide, wells you did not dig, and vineyards and olive groves you did not plant—then when you eat and are satisfied, be careful that you do not forget the Lord, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.

One the reasons [not the only one] God's people go through troubles is that when things are going well they tend to forget about God. They may pay Him lip service, but there is no heart-felt thanksgiving. They begin to think they deserve or have earned all the blessings they are receiving. Think about it: When do you pray the hardest and most often - when things are going good or when you are in trouble? We need to maintain a constant and growing relationship with Jesus through the good times and the bad times. Our eyes should always be on Him, no matter what is happening around us.

May 14/12 - Deuteronomy 6:10, NIV

When the Lord your God brings you into the land he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you—a land with large, flourishing cities you did not build,

God had promised the land to Abraham, the Israelites had wandered in the desert for 40 years, and now the nation was on the border of the land again. But there were still giants and walled cities in the land. From a human perspective their possessing the land was far from certain. However, Moses did not say "if" he said "when." Faith takes the promise of God as a certainty even when it cannot be seen with natural eyes. Faith knows that God is faithful and cannot lie.

May 12/12 - Deuteronomy 6:8-9, NIV

Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.

The Word of God - the entire Word of God - is to be always before us. It is so easy to be twisted from the true path. We must constantly be diligent in seeking to know and apply God's ways. Not only will it lead to a life that is pleasing to God and beneficial to us eternally, but also it is how we grow to know God Himself and develop our relationship with Him.

May 9/12 - Deuteronomy 6:7, NIV

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.

It is not enough that we know the Word of God for ourselves, we need to teach it to our children. They need to know what God has said. Our children will evaluate how important something is to us by how much time we spend on it. If we tell them the Word of God is vital and then only spend 5 minutes a day on it [if that] while watching TV for 3 hours a night they are going to believe our actions rather than our words. The Word of God has to become a part of who we are. Our identity is the Living Word, but we grow to know Him and be like Him through the study of His written Word.

May 4/12 - Deuteronomy 6:6, NIV

These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts.

The commands of God were never intended to be simply a list of rules to be kept mechanically or legalistically. The commands of God, which are a revelation of His righteousness, are to be in our hearts. They are to become part of who we are. We are to desire them and want to keep them because of our love for God. A Christian who dislikes the law of God is a deformed Christian. Healthy Christians are to have the commands of God on their hearts.

May 2/12 - Deuteronomy 6:5, NIV

Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.

We can get so wrapped up in doing things - even serving God - that we forget that the first and most important thing we can do is just love God. He needs to be the focus of our life. It is so easy to get distracted. We need to keep coming back to the foundation - our relationship with God. Without that we have nothing and can do nothing good for eternity. Life is to revolve around our relationship with God. The New Testament in many places defines loving God as obeying His commands. There can be no love without obedience. Life is not a warm fuzzy feeling. Love is action, love is obedience. A half-hearted obedience is no love at all.

Apr 21/12 - Deuteronomy 6:4, NIV

Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.

There is only one God, all others are pretenders and want-to-bes. Satan wanted to be God and so He fell. Adam's foundational sin was that He wanted to be God, He wanted to be able to set the rules for himself - to declare what was right and wrong. Ever since all humanity has been in rebellion grasping for Godhood. But the Lord our God is One. There are no others. We accept reality and live according to it or we live in a fantasy world and end up destroyed. We also see that, although there are three distant Persons in the Godhead, They are only one God. This is a mystery to us, but we would have to be as great as God to understand everything about God.

Apr 19/12 - Deuteronomy 6:3, NIV

Hear, O 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 fathers, promised you.

Again and again we see that the promises of God to Israel, including living in the land, were conditional upon obedience. They had to carefully obey all that God had said in order to inherit the overwhelming blessings God had promised. The same is true for us. We do not work for our salvation, but if we desire to experience all that God has for us we must obey all His words in Scripture. We are especially blessed to have the Holy Spirit living in us to guide and direct us in the ways and word of God.

Apr 18/12 - Deuteronomy 6:1-2, NIV

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, 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.

Often we think of the Law of Moses as if Moses originated it. Moses was a messenger. The Law of Moses is actually the Law of God given through Moses. It is a reflection of God's holiness and righteousness. Sometimes we get trapped into thinking [like Satan wants us to] that the Law of God is burdensome, unfair and destroys the fun in life. I guess it does destroy the fun in life, if your fun is sin; however, the pleasure of sin is short term and the pain is long term. Actually the Law of God was designed to for us to get the best out of life. We need to get God's view of the Law instead of Satan's view of the Law.

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