Now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require from you… (10:12).
Moses once again sets forth the LORD’s commandments, His Requirements for the children of Israel to prepare them to take possession of the Promised Land.
Rather than a precise list of do’s, don’ts and regulations merely governing behavior, Moses directs the nation to the heart of the issue… their hearts.
Consider His Requirements
…to fear the Lord your God (10:12, 20)
…to walk in all His ways (10:12)
…to love Him (10:12)
…to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul (10:12)
…to keep the Lord’s commandments and His statutes (10:13)
…to circumcise your heart, and stiffen your neck no longer (10:16)
…to serve Him and cling to Him (10:20)
…to swear by His name (10:20)
- His Requirements are established for our good.
- …which I am commanding you today for your good, (10:13).
- His Requirements are established in His sovereign love.
- Yet on your fathers did the Lord set His affection to love them, and He chose their descendants after them, even you above all peoples, as it is this day, (10:15).
- His Requirements are established in His authority and righteousness.
- For the Lord your God is the God of gods and the Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God who does not show partiality nor take a bribe, (10:17).
- His Requirements are to be exhibited to others.
- So show your love for the alien, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt, (10:19).
How do we respond to His Requirements?
In reality, it is in loving Him with all that we are, with our entire lives, that we fulfill His Requirements. It is not in our list-keeping, but it is in our love-keeping that His Requirements are realized.
- In His grace, the LORD repeatedly reminds His children to love Him. We too need reminding. Often, as the trials and troubles of the temporal consume our senses, we forget. This is why we are so desperate to have our minds renewed daily, that our earthly thinking be transformed and rooted in His heavenly perspective.
- And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect, (Romans 12:2).
- We will discover the good and acceptable and perfect will of God as we renew our minds in His truth and remember His Requirements call us to a relationship of love, first and foremost with Him, and then others.
- “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the great and foremost commandment. 39 The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets,” (Matthew 22:36-40).
May we unreservedly grant Him His rightful place of preeminence above all else in our hearts as we purposely cultivate and nurture our love for Him. Let us intentionally fix our memories on His Word and His great and awesome intervention in our lives, that we may display the fulfillment of His Requirements: to wholly love the Lord our God and extend His love to others; that all may know He is our praise and our God.
He is your praise and He is your God, who has done these great and awesome things for you which your eyes have seen, (10:20).