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Series Theme: FRAMEWORKS: Deuteronomy

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CONTEXT

Part 2: Ch.5-11 Moses brings Encouragements

Ch.5 – Reminders of the Ten Commandments

Ch.6 – Remember & Keep the Commands

Ch.7 – Make Sure you Clear the Land

Ch.8 – Helps to Remember the Lord

Ch.9 – Recognise your Vulnerability

Ch.10 – Reassurances

Ch.11 – More Encouragements

 

 

FRAMEWORKS: Deuteronomy 6: Remember & Keep the Commands

 

v.1-3 These are Commands to be kept in the Land

v.4,5 Obedience is to be Underscored by Love for God

v.6-9 Ways to Remember the commands

v.10-13 In Prosperity in the Land don't forget the Lord…. in two ways

v.14-16 First, be careful not to turn to the gods of the Canaanites

v.17-19 Second, obey, be blessed, & prosper as you clear the enemy out

v.20-25 Be Ready to Testify to the Future Generations

 

 

v.1-3 These are Commands to be kept in the Land

 

v.1 These are the commands, decrees and laws the Lord your God directed me to teach you to observe in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess,

v.2 so that you, your children and their children after them may fear the Lord your God as long as you live by keeping all his decrees and commands that I give you, and so that you may enjoy long life.

v.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.

 

[Notes: The emphasis is maintained – these are laws to be kept when they are established in their new home – the Promised Land. Not only are they for them but for all future generations of Israel in the Land.]

 

 

v.4,5 Obedience is to be Underscored by Love for God

 

v.4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.

v.5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.

 

[Notes: Verse 5 became known as the first and greatest commandment – Mt 22:37,38. Obedience to commands should not be mindless subservience but a heartfelt loving response to God. See 1 Jn 4:19 – “ We love because he first loved us”.]

 

 

v.6-9 Ways to Remember the commands

 

v.6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.

v.7 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.

v.8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.

v.9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.

 

[Notes: How to ensure these commands are part of your national life? Talk about them, chat about them, discuss them, make sure they are obvious. Today we might say, ”Stick them on the side of your fridge”!]

 

 

v.10-13 In Prosperity in the Land don't forget the Lord…. in two ways

 

v.10 When the Lord your God brings you into the land he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you—a land with large, flourishing cities you did not build,

v.11 houses filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide, wells you did not dig, and vineyards and olive groves you did not plant—then when you eat and are satisfied,

v.12 be careful that you do not forget the Lord, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.

v.13 Fear the Lord your God, serve him only and take your oaths in his name.

 

[Notes: The danger will be that when you take over this land which all that is there and settle down in it and enjoy it all, that you will forget the Lord and how you got there.]

 

 

v.14-16 First, be careful not to turn to the gods of the Canaanites

 

v.14 Do not follow other gods, the gods of the peoples around you;

v.15 for the Lord your God, who is among you, is a jealous God and his anger will burn against you, and he will destroy you from the face of the land.

v.16 Do not put the Lord your God to the test as you did at Massah.

 

[Notes: The first way you are to overcome that tendency is to determine not to get embroiled in the false worship of the people already in the land. They should remember past times of disobedience – such as at Massah where they first complained about lack of water [Ex 17] and incurred the Lord's anger.]

 

 

v.17-19 Second, obey, be blessed, & prosper as you clear the enemy out

v.17 Be sure to keep the commands of the Lord your God and the stipulations and decrees he has given you.

v.18 Do what is right and good in the Lord 's sight, so that it may go well with you and you may go in and take over the good land the Lord promised on oath to your ancestors,

v.19 thrusting out all your enemies before you, as the Lord said.

 

[Notes: The second way you are to overcome that tendency is to simply obey all the commands and when they do that, they will find the fruit of blessing as they go in and take the Land, pushing out their enemies ahead of them.]

 

 

v.20-25 Be Ready to Testify to the Future Generations

 

v.20 In the future, when your son asks you, “What is the meaning of the stipulations, decrees and laws the Lord our God has commanded you?”

v.21 tell him: “We were slaves of Pharaoh in Egypt, but the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand.

v.22 Before our eyes the Lord sent signs and wonders—great and terrible—on Egypt and Pharaoh and his whole household.

v.23 But he brought us out from there to bring us in and give us the land he promised on oath to our ancestors.

v.24 The Lord commanded us to obey all these decrees and to fear the Lord our God, so that we might always prosper and be kept alive, as is the case today.

v.25 And if we are careful to obey all this law before the Lord our God, as he has commanded us, that will be our righteousness.”

 

[Notes: Finally, in addition, they should be ready in the years to come to explain to their children why they have these commands and how God miraculously delivered them out of Egypt. That should always be at the heart of their recollections. Being obedient to these laws is what righteousness means for them.]

  

 

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