** The first post of this series : Treasure Upon Treasure
One of the passages that is well-known, and for good reason, from Deuteronomy that constantly makes itself known to me is Deuteronomy 6. Why don’t you take out your copy of God’s Word and read aloud to yourself this chapter? It’s so good for us to read and hear aloud His Word to our hearts.
First, read aloud verses one through nine. If you do not have a copy of His Word handy, here it is, in the ESV translation.
“Now this is the commandment—the statutes and the rules—that the LORD your God commanded me to teach you, that you may do them in the land to which you are going over, to possess it, that you may fear the LORD your God, you and your son and your son’s son, by keeping all his statutes and his commandments, which I command you, all the days of your life, and that your days may be long. Hear therefore, O Israel, and be careful to do them, that it may go well with you, and that you may multiply greatly, as the LORD, the God of your fathers, has promised you, in a land flowing with milk and honey.
“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”
Isn’t it so good to listen to – to hear out loud – the Word of God being read? And this is something that we can do all by ourselves, in our quiet times with the Lord.
Let me just first walk us through verses 10-25, as well. Maybe you will want to read to yourself these verses, too, before you read tidbits of what the Lord taught me through them.
Here are a few treasures the Lord showed me as I read through verses 10-25.
* We see in verse 10 that the Lord states that His promise is kept because He promised it to the patriarchs.
* We read in verses 16-19 that when we are enjoying good times, we are to remember and thank and celebrate the Lord, not forget the Lord and worship idols, whatever the thing is that we are enjoying, or ourselves, thinking that we brought the good to us. We are to remember that everything is from the Lord, that we are to thank Him for it, and celebrate the Lord with and through all of His good gifts He gives to us. The Lord sweetens our best days and brings comfort in our difficult days. He is to be with us and remembered, thanked, and celebrated and worshipped, every day of our lives into eternity.
* Moses reminds the people again – how often we each need daily, minute by minute reminders of what we think we may already know – to teach their sons the story of the Lord and to fear and honor the Lord with their lives.
* And what blessing the Lord promises when we fear and follow Him. He tells the Israelites and even us through Moses’ words in verses 24-25, “‘And the LORD commanded us to do all these statutes, to fear the LORD our God, for our good always, that he might preserve us alive, as we are this day. And it will be righteousness for us, if we are careful to do all this commandment before the LORD our God, as he has commanded us.’”
Now let’s go back to verses 1-9 and think through them for a good bit.
What are some key points you notice?
What are some key phrases that seem significant?
What are some personal applications for your own life?
What are some application points as you teach others about the Lord?
The Lord and who He is and the reality that He is ONE GOD is the foundation for all of everything, for all of life. The Shema, which exclaims, “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one” shows us that. That is why the Lord has Moses begin there.
The Lord – sovereign ruler over all, high above and lofty – is to be the Lord of our every day life. See that, friends? Wherever you are going – as you are with the people who can seem ‘commonplace’ in your life – whatever y’all are doing – the Lord is to be the Lord of those times, on our lips, center of our conversation and teaching times, center of our prayers and praises and petitions. The Lord is to be Lord.
We make Him Lord in our lives by loving Him with everything that we are, with everything that we’ve got. We live to learn to love Him with our minds, with our motives, with our motions. We learn to love Him in every minute of the day, in every circumstance and happenstance that comes our way. We learn to love Him through each relationship through which the Lord blesses our lives. We are to love Him in the simple, every day, hum drum stuff of life. Stuff like dishes, laundry, decorating, dinner, lazy afternoons, hard floor scrubbing, and even ironing. Whatever our days consist of, that is where are to love Him. We are to start now, today, whatever our place, position, posture.
What place in your life do you need to say to the Lord, “You are Lord”?
Where do you do well in your life loving the Lord?
Let’s allow the Lord, who is indeed the Lord, rule and reign in His perfect loves in our hearts, in our minds, in our lives. When we bend our knees, He lifts our head. When we stand staunchly against Him, we only hurt ourselves. Let’s allow Life to give us life, even today.
** The third post of this series : Love Love Love