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AND OBEY GOD
December 2, 2018
SCRIPTURE: Deuteronomy 6:1-9
INRRODUCTION: In the Book of Deuteronomy there is an emphasis on two words: love and obedience -- not law and obedience, as we may have supposed.
· GOD’S love is actually expressed in law.
The great principle of law is love. Therefore the principle of the Gospel itself is expressed in Deuteronomy. “… God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son …” (John 3:16).
· YOU AND I express our love for God in our obedience.
The Lord Jesus put it like this: “If ye love me, keep my commandments”
(John 14:15). This is still the critical test today. If we love the Lord, we
will keep His commandments. Salvation is a love affair. “We love him, because he first loved us” (1
The Lord Jesus cited this as the greatest commandment of all: “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might” (Deut. 6:5). Our obedience is the manifestation of our love.
· OBEDIENCE is the important thing all the way through -- it is “if they keep these commandments.”
I. KEEPING GOD’S COMMANDS. (Deuteronomy 6:1-3)
A. Obey. (Deuteronomy 6:1-2)
(Deuteronomy 6:1-2) 1 Now these are the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments, which the Lord your God commanded to teach you, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go to possess it: 2 That thou mightest fear the Lord thy God, to keep all his statutes and his commandments, which I command thee, thou, and thy son, and thy son's son, all the days of thy life; and that thy days may be prolonged.
1. The emphasis is on obedience.
There are actually only two classes of
people in the world: those who love God and those who hate God. The heart
attitude of people is evidenced by their obedience or disobedience. Listen to
2. Through the prophet Isaiah, God had this to say:
“Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men” (Isa. 29:13).
3. Do you remember how the prophet Samuel rebuked King Saul?
“And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams” (1 Sam. 15:22).
4. When the Lord Jesus gave His commission to Simon Peter,
He asked only one question, “Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me?” (John 21:16).
5. What will be the most wonderful thing in heaven?
The most wonderful thing in heaven will be to see the Lord Jesus and realize fully that He loves us and that He gave Himself for us. But the next best thing in heaven is going to be that we will love everybody, and everybody is going to love us. Now that is going to make heaven a very wonderful place!
B. Do. (Deuteronomy 6:3)
(Deuteronomy 6:3) Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do it; that it may be well with thee, and that ye may increase mightily, as the Lord God of thy fathers hath promised thee, in the land that floweth with milk and honey.
1. They had promised to keep all the commandments of the Lord, and yet they fell so far short – AS WE STILL DO TODAY.
2. Now we come to a statement which is considered by many theologians to be the greatest doctrinal statement in the entire Scripture.
II. BEING TOTALLY DEVOTED TO GOD. (Deuteronomy 6:4-5)
A. Hear. (Deuteronomy 6:4)
(Deuteronomy 6:4) Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord:
1. This is a tremendous statement.
“The Lord” is the Hebrew word translated in English as Jehovah. “God” is the translation for the Hebrew word Elohim.
2. Elohim is a plural word.
Since there is no number given with it, we may assume the number is three. In the Hebrew language a noun is singular, dual, or plural. When it is plural, but no number is given, one can assume it to be three. This is, therefore, a reference to the Trinity. It could be translated, “Hear, O Israel: Jehovah, our Trinity is one Jehovah.”
INSIGHT: Israel lived in a world of idolatry. The nations were polytheists who worshiped many gods. The message that the nation Israel was to give to the world was the message of the unity of the Godhead, the oneness of the Godhead. Jehovah, our Elohim, is one Jehovah. That is the message for a world given over to idolatry.
Today we live in a world, not so much of idolatry and polytheism, but of atheism. In our age we also are to give the message of the Trinity. God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We are talking about the same Jehovah. He is our Elohim, our Trinity. But He is one Jehovah.
B. Love. (Deuteronomy 6:5)
(Deuteronomy 6:5) And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
1. The shema.
a. How do we measure up to this?
Many of us would have to confess that we do not measure up to this. We do not love the Lord with all our mind and heart and soul. I must confess that I do not measure up to this; I wish I could, but I must say with Paul, “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 3:13–14).
b. Do we want to say that we love Jesus Christ?
I wish I loved Jesus Christ more than I do, but He is the object of my affection today. I can truly say that I love Him. That is what He asked Simon Peter. “Do you love Me?” I think He would ask you and me that same question today.
c. We must sit at His feet and come to know Him.
He is the chiefest among ten thousand. He is the One altogether lovely. He is our God. Peter said, “Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God” (John 6:68–69). Jesus Christ is our Savior. He is our Lord. He is our God. I worship Him. I want to know Him better. What does He mean to you?
2. Jesus said:
shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and
with all thy might.” Then
the Lord Jesus reached into
III. TEACHING GOD’S COMMANDS. (Deuteronomy 6:6-9)
A. Remember. (Deuteronomy 6:6)
(Deuteronomy 6:6) And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:
You remember that David said, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee” (Ps. 119:11). That is the place where you and I should have the Word of God today. It should be in our hearts.
B. Teach. (Deuteronomy 6:7-9)
(Deuteronomy 6:7-9) And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. 8 And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. 9 And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.
1. Paul says
the same thing in
“And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” God holds parents responsible to bring up their children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
2. All through the Scriptures there is a great deal said concerning the responsibility of parents.
“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Prov. 22:6). That does not mean to train him the way you want him to go. It means that God has a way for him to go, and you are to cooperate with God. That means, parents, that you need to stay close to the Lord!
3. God warns His people that they should not forget Him.
The Lord advised His people that they should not forget Him after they get into the land and experience His blessings. It is a strange thing that when people are blessed, they tend to forget the One who blesses them.
Dr. Charles Stanley
Obedience is a powerful action that can unleash God’s glory in ways beyond our imagination. Yet obeying is often difficult because our desires are being put to the test. Sometimes we’re afraid that by doing what the Lord says, we’ll end up losing what’s important to us. But choosing not to obey may actually cost us the very thing we desire most.
Using Naaman as an example (2 Kings 5:11-17), three obstacles initially kept Naaman from following God’s instructions -- and almost prevented his miraculous healing from leprosy.
1. Pride. As a high-ranking official, Naaman feared obeying would cost him his dignity. Conversely, his servants had the wisdom to see pride was robbing him of life. How often do we balk at doing what God says, for fear of looking foolish?
2. Self-centered expectations. Naaman was furious when his very specific expectations weren’t met. We, too, often get angry at the Lord when He doesn’t comply with our demands. But if we really want His perfect will, we absolutely must “let” Him do things His way.
3. Unbelief. Because Naaman’s faith extended only to his own vision of how he’d be healed, he initially didn’t see how obeying would cure his leprosy. It took the faith of his servants to help him see the truth: that obedience was key to unlocking God’s answer to his greatest need.
The call to obey often uncovers strongholds from which the Lord wants to free us. When we choose to respond in faith, He reveals Himself to us in a new way that strengthens our trust in Him -- because ultimately, our greatest need is to know the Lord better.
– Adapted from Charles Stanley, In Touch Ministries, November 25, 2018
CONCLUSION: After Moses told the Jews to keep God’s commandments, he exhorted them to bring up their children on these laws as well.
· If God’s people remained obedient, they would prosper in Canaan, the promised land.
· We will do well if we also follow Moses’ admonitions.
· More importantly, God will truly bless those who come behind us if we teach them the Word of God and the truth about our Savior Jesus Christ.
Let’s decide to read our Bibles and live for Jesus Christ by putting Him first in our lives; this would change our lives and the lives of our children.
THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: “Obedience to God flows freely from a heart of love.”
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REFERENCES: References used in these Bible studies are the King James Bible (KJV), The Moody Bible Commentary, Dr. J. Vernon McGee © Thru the Bible Radio Network (www.ttb.org), the Scofield Study Bible, the Believer’s Bible Commentary, Dr. Charles J. Woodbridge Bible Outlines, Dr. Lee Roberson’s Sermons, Dr. Charles Stanley: (http://www.intouch.org/), Don Robinson’s Bible Outlines, Women’s Study Bible, The Bible Reader’s Companion Ed. 3, The Nelson Study Bible: New King James Version, KJV Bible Commentary, Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines of the New Testament ed. 4, Dr. David Jeremiah: (http://www.davidjeremiah.org/site/), Dr. Cliff Robinson’s Bible Outlines, Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines of the Old Testament, Dr. Alan Carr’s The Sermon Notebook (www.sermonnotebook.org), With the Word Bible Commentary, Wiersbe’s “Be” Series: Old & New Testaments, RBC Ministries (http://rbc.org/), selected illustrations, and other references.
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