Deuteronomy 10

Deuteronomy 10 has Moses continuing the history lesson for the people before they cross the Jordan into the Promised Land.  He reminds them of his coming down from spending 40 days and nights with God and receiving the 10 Commandments and how he broke the first tablets in anger as he returned to the people only to find them worshipping an idol.  And he also reminds them that he interceded for those same people who God was ready to destroy.  “I myself stayed on the mountain, as at the first time, forty days and forty nights, and the Lord listened to me that time also”.  Moses interceded many times for God’s people and often stood in the gap.

Because of that “The Lord was unwilling to destroy you”.  God not only heard Moses when he prayed, but He listened.  Now Moses tells the people what is expected of them.  “And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the commandments and statutes of the Lord, which I am commanding you today for your good”.  Here is the simple list of what God wants our walk with Him to look like.  People often wonder how they are to live – it doesn’t get a lot clearer than this.  Fear Him. Obey Him.  Love Him.

Why?  Moses makes that clear too.  “For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God, who is not partial and takes no bribe. He executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the sojourner, giving him food and clothing”.  God is worthy of our praise and obedience.  He alone is worthy.  There is none other like Him.  And because of that, “You shall fear the Lord your God. You shall serve him and hold fast to him, and by his name you shall swear”.  It really isn’t an option.  It isn’t truly a choice.  He is God.  He demands our obedience.

God needs to be the center of our world.  “He is your praise. He is your God”.  There is nothing more important for us to grasp than the truth of this chapter.  God is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  He is Creator and the Author of Life.  We must make Him central to who we are and what we do.  And in case we wonder if He is worthy, Moses reminds us here as he tells the people “Your fathers went down to Egypt seventy persons, and now the Lord your God has made you as numerous as the stars of heaven”.  God does what He says.  His Word is truth.  We can depend on Him today, tomorrow and forever.

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