A word on the Word

12 Now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you except to revere him, to obey all his commandments, to love him, to serve him with all your mind and being,
13 and to keep the Lord’s commandments and statutes that I am giving you today for your own good?
14 The heavens – indeed the highest heavens – belong to the Lord your God, as does the earth and everything in it.
15 However, only to your ancestors did he show his loving favor, and he chose you, their descendants, from all peoples – as is apparent today.
16 Therefore, cleanse your heart and stop being so stubborn!
17 For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, mighty, and awesome God who is unbiased and takes no bribe,
18 who justly treats the orphan and widow, and who loves resident foreigners, giving them food and clothing.
19 So you must love the resident foreigner because you were foreigners in the land of Egypt.
20 Revere the Lord your God, serve him, be loyal to him and take oaths only in his name.
21 He is the one you should praise; he is your God, the one who has done these great and awesome things for you that you have seen.
22 When your ancestors went down to Egypt, they numbered only seventy, but now the Lord your God has made you as numerous as the stars of the sky.
1 You must love the Lord your God and do what he requires; keep his statutes, ordinances, and commandments at all times. (Deuteronomy 10:12-11:1 NET)

Why that passage of Scripture?

I think that is a very good question.

That particular passage was the backdrop for our Sunday morning bible study today. There were just a few points that needed to be brought out.

1. Believers ought to be responsive to God for what he has done. Just as he rescued the ancient Israelites from Egypt he has rescued us from our bondage in sin through Christ. Therefore we ought to live our lives in gratitude to that reality.

2. God has demonstrated his love through sending his Son who gave himself in our place taking a punishment we do richly deserve, and giving us in exchange his marvelous grace. Therefore, we ought to put the desires of this world behind us and live the new life that he offers.

3. God loved us when we were estranged from him in our sin and now invites us to know him through Christ. Therefore we ought to study his word so that we can learn and understand his will.

Just keep those things in mind.

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