Deuteronomy 5 has Moses reminding the people of their walk in learning God’s expectations for them. He reminds them that they are to “learn them and be careful to do them” – speaking of God’s laws and commandments. The foundation of all this is that “God made a covenant with us”. That is a very important fact. The covenant is such an important truth in the relationship between God and His people.
Moses reminds them that as God was giving His direction, “I stood between the Lord and you”. Moses interceded for the people. He was the shield and buffer between God and the people. God gave them the 10 commandments that day – ten laws that were to be the foundation for how the people were to live. God “wrote them on two tablets of stone” – don’t ever think they were temporary assignments. These commandments were to define how the people were to live.
But of course it didn’t take long for people to forget what Moses had told them from God. But during that time – because God showed Himself to them as a great fire on the mountain – they were paying attention and really tuned in. God says “Oh that they had such a mind as this always, to fear me and to keep all my commandments, that it might go well with them and with their descendants forever”. Want to know what God would like to see from your life and mine each moment – that we will fear Him and be obedient. This fear is not cowering in the corner because we are scared of God. It is respect and reverence of the Almighty and Powerful God. It is understanding that He is in control of all things. It is acknowledging that He alone is worthy of our praise.
Obedience is the second thing He requires. And this chapter tells us the benefits of us living that way. “You shall be careful therefore to do as the Lord your God has commanded you….you shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left….you shall walk in all the way that the Lord your God has commanded you”. Never think that God doesn’t care about our obedience. It is a sign of maturity in our walk as a Christ Follower. It is a signal that we have God in the right place in our life. And we are told there are some very strong positive results when we get it right:
- “that you may live
- that it may go well with you
- that you may live long in the land that you shall possess”
Obedience is a critical part of our walk with the Lord. That is what Lordship is all about – that we put Him in control – behind the wheel of our life and we live walking in His ways each and every day!