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He Brought Us out to Bring Us In (3 of 13)
We are pursuing a series of studies, the final study I will give as your pastor, from the book of Deuteronomy. This is a series of sermons delivered by Moses, the leader, who was passing off the scene, to the people of God to prepare them for the days ahead.
Moses is preparing the people for their entrance into the Promised Land. He has reviewed the past in the opening chapters in this first sermon of his and the journey which God had led them on as they had gone through the wilderness wandering experience.
Now, they are on the verge of going into the Promise Land. God is delivering through Moses, His message to the people to prepare them.
There are two great themes which will become apparent in these two chapters, wrapping up the fourth chapter, his first sermon, and getting ready for the second. They are the themes of love and obedience. He will talk about the ordinances of God, and we will see that the ordinances of God are based upon God's love for us. When God gives us His commandments it is not to restrict our life. It is to enlarge our life. When God gives His commandments, it is not to make us miserable. It is to make us joyful. He will point out to us in these verses that all of this stems from God's love for the people.
The other theme is that man's obedience is based upon man's love for God. God's ordinances are based upon His love for us. Our obedience is to be based upon our love for Him.
A few Wednesday nights ago I made the statement that love appears for the first time in the Bible in the book of Deuteronomy. I said, ''Check me out on it. I'm not real sure about it.'' Many of you did. I was wrong. The word ''love'' occurs before the book of Deuteronomy. This is not the first time it occurs.
What I meant to say, and I didn't state it correctly, is that in the book of Deuteronomy is the first mention of God's love for us. You will notice ...
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