Second Speech: Obey
Moses reviews the Ten Commandments with the people and exhorts them to obey the LORD.
Deuteronomy 6:3, “Hear, 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 ancestors, promised you.” Hear, Israel. Listen up, you people. This is important. Moses knew God wanted His people to be obedient. But God wants an obedience that comes from the heart, not an obedience that is rote or duty-bound. God wants an obedience that is rooted in love. Love God with all your heart, all your soul and from that love obey God.
Love for God should inspire obedience to God.
What does my obedience or disobedience say about my love for God? How strong is my relationship with God?
Deuteronomy 6:6-9, “These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 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. 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.”
God’s Word and God’s commands are to be central in my life. They are to be in the forefront of our lives, our homes and our conversations.
Tips to use with child:
If the child has a test – How did you feel God’s peace?
If the child playing a soccer game – Remind him/her that the most important thing he/she can exhibit is Christ-like kindness/compassion/humility/grace to teammates.
Heartbreak: Jesus’ heart breaks every time we sin.
Disobedience: What do you think God wants you to learn?
How can I be more intentional in teaching children?
Deuteronomy 8, exhorts the nation of Israel to obey God. Remember, remember, remember, and obey, obey, obey.
Deuteronomy 8:1, “Be careful to follow every command I am giving you today.”
Deuteronomy 8:6, “Observe the commands of the LORD your God, walking in obedience to him and revering him.”
Deuteronomy 8:11, “Be careful that you do not forget the LORD your God, failing to observe His commands, His laws and His decrees that I am giving you this day.
Deuteronomy 9:4-5, “After the LORD your God has driven them out before you, do not say to yourself, “The LORD has brought me here to take possession of this land because of my righteousness.” No, it is on account of the wickedness of these nations that the LORD is going to drive them out before you. It is not because of your righteousness or your integrity that you are going in to take possession of their land; but on account of the wickedness of these nations, the LORD your God will drive them out before you, to accomplish what he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.”
Moses reminds the Israelites that it is not their righteousness that makes them victorious. It is because God loves them. None of us have righteousness without Jesus Christ.
In Deuteronomy 10 and 11, Moses pleads with the people to obey God.
Deuteronomy 10:12-13, “And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God ask of you but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in obedience to him, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to observe the LORD’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good?
Deuteronomy 11:1 ”Love the LORD your God and keep His requirements, His decrees, His laws and His commands always.”
Deuteronomy 11:8-9, “Observe therefore all the commands I am giving you today, so that you may have the strength to go in and take over the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess, and so that you may livelong in the land the LORD swore to your ancestors to give to them and their descendants, a land flowing with milk and honey.”
Fullness of life is found in God and in obeying God. But that is a choice.
Deuteronomy 11:26-28, “See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse, the blessing if you obey the commands of the LORD your God that I am giving you today; the curse if you disobey the commands of the LORD your God and turn from the way that I command you today by following other gods, which you have not known.”
Disobedience to God leads to defeat, but obedience leads to victory and blessing.
In Deuteronomy 12-13, Moses reminds the people that God, and God alone is to be worshipped in the manner in which God chooses.
In Deuteronomy 14-25, Moses tells the people how they are to love in the Promised Land.
Deuteronomy 26:16-18, “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. 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. 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.
We need to know God and obey Him. Do you feel like you are Moses for others? Are you pleading with them for the same thing?
Lord, I want to choose daily to know Your laws and Your decrees, to walk in obedience of You, to keep Your commands, to listen to You and to love You with all my heart.
Lord, please help me to know You more and to obey You gladly.