Focal Passage: Deuteronomy 6:1-13
As I drove along the highway in the middle of nowhere, a song came through the scrambled radio signal for a brief second. One line stood out in the static: “Son, one day you will inherit the world mankind has made.” I have never heard that song again, and I have not been able to locate that song based on the one lyric I once faintly heard.
Indeed, we have inherited a world that is broken by sin. Our first parents made a decision to rebel against God that would forever change the course of human history. When the serpent tempted Eve to eat of the fruit, he framed God’s original command in such a way that questioned God’s intent.
In Deuteronomy 5, Moses reminds the people of God’s law. God’s law is forever fixed, unchanging and not open to alteration. The commands are specifically for our flourishing as God’s special creatures.
This kind of flourishing is the blessing promised by Moses to the Israelites as a result of obedience.
Moses expressed the heart of the law with passion. Moses commended the people to love the Lord with all their hearts, souls and strength.
Loving God with our whole being leads to obedience. Nothing can separate us from the love of God, (Romans 8:29) and that alone should give us the motivation to be obedient.
Remembering and rejoicing in His faithfulness was the motivation for the Israelites to be obedient, and should be for us as well.