Moses stood before the new generation of Israel. His first message called on them to remember the LORD God who brought them out of Egypt, led their parents in the wilderness, and proved their hearts. The theme, don’t repeat their failure.
Now before their testing, Moses reviews God’s requirements for them to live in His abundance.
“And now Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him and serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul, to keep the commandments of the LORD, and his statutes, which I command thee this day for thy good.” Deut. 10:12-13.
”…fear the LORD thy God…”
- “Thou shalt have none other gods before me…Deut.5:7; For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, a great God, a mighty, and a terrible, which regardeth not persons, nor taketh reward…Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God; him shalt thou serve, and to him shalt thou cleave, and swear by his name.” (Deut. 10:17,20).
As Moses told the new generation, Paul tells the church generations: “For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,) But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.” 1Cor. 8:5,6.
- “Thou shalt not make thee any graven image…Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God…Deut. 5:8,9; Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and ye turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them.” Deut.11:16.
John speaks to us: “And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life. Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen…Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” (1John 5:20-21; Rev. 4:11).
- “Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain…Deut. 5:11; If thou wilt not observe to do all the words of this law that are written in this book, that thou mayest fear this glorious and fearful name, THE LORD THY GOD…every sickness, and every plague, which is not written in the book of this law, them will the LORD bring upon thee, until thou be destroyed.” Deut. 28: 58,61. They cannot say they weren’t warned.
Jesus, Paul, and John explained it further to us: “But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth…Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth… HOLY, HOLY, HOLY, LORD GOD ALMIGHTY, WHICH WAS, AND IS, AND IS TO COME.” (John 4:23,24; Phil.2:9-10; Rev. 4:8). Do you carry the Lord’s name in spirit and in truth or in vain?
- “Keep the Sabbath day to sanctify it, as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee…the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work…Deut. 5:12,14a; If thou turn away thy foot from the Sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the Sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words: Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD…” Isa. 58:13,14a.
And what does the writer of Hebrews have to say to us about the Lord’s day of rest? “Let us therefore fear, lest a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it…There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.” Heb. 4:1,9-11. Are you still working for God’s approval or have you entered His rest by trusting in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross?
Summing up today’s review with Jesus’ words : “THOU SHALT LOVE THE LORD THY GOD WITH ALL THY HEART, AND WITH ALL THY SOUL, AND WITH ALL THY MIND.” Matt. 22:37.
Join me tomorrow for review part 2 as we continue to prepare for our testing.