What the Lord Requires

Deuteronomy 10 v12,13

And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul,

To keep the commandments of the LORD, and his statutes, which I command thee this day for thy good?

The Lord only listed 7 things here, that He required of His people Israel. I think of this list, as 7 things that the Lord requires of myself, and of us, His people today.

  1. Fear the LORD your God,
  2. Walk in all His ways,
  3. Love Him,
  4. Serve the LORD your God with all your heart,
  5. Serve the LORD your God with all your soul,
  6. Keep the commandments of the LORD, and,
  7. Keep His statutes.

This list, or these 2 verses, would probably be good to memorize.

v13 The Lord promised that He commanded Israel, those commandments and "statutes" that day, for their good. Now I don't know exactly what a statute is, or how it's different from a commandment. That might be a good thing to study. But the point is that God promised that it was for their good! "For your good," He said.

It's as if the Lord God is speaking to me personally, this morning, promising that His Word which I hear and read in my Bible is good for me. He's so Loving and generous and merciful and unselfish, even though He's God, and He's all powerful and all-knowing, and made everything.

Praise the Lord.

1 comment:

  1. The AV renders the root of statute: "ordinance" twenty-two times; "custom" twice; "appointed" once; "manners" once; and "rites" once.

    Apparently, a "statute" is a practice established by an authority.

    Also, here's a verse that defines the fear of the Lord:
    "The fear of the LORD [is] to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate." Proverbs 8:13


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