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Steps to Obedience (4 of 13)
We are looking at the highlights of these chapters. There is a great deal of information in Deuteronomy. I'm trying to put it together in about 12 messages for you. Tonight we are looking at chapters 6 and 7 which talk about the importance of doing God's Word and obeying God's will.
You will recall that the book of Deuteronomy gives us a series of farewell messages from Moses, the man of God, the leader of the people of Israel. They are now on the border getting ready to go into the land of promise which God has given to them. Moses will not be going in with them, as we shall see.
But now, he is preparing the hearts of the people, getting them ready to go. He does it in a series of sermons that are beautifully constructed and brilliantly illustrated.
There are about four or five sermons of Moses in the book of Deuteronomy. In this opening sermon, which we are still involved in at this point, Moses is reminding the people of the past, what God has done for them. He is also reviewing God's blessings, God's mercies upon their lives. He is going to call upon them in these chapters to obey the Lord.
The Bible teaches us the importance of obedience and obeying God's Word. The Bible says, "To obey is better than sacrifice." Again, the Word of God says, "Be ye does of the word and not hearers only."
He is underscoring the importance of obedience. In these two chapters he is going to give us several motivations for obedience, showing us why we should obey.
We are living in a day when it is not just enough to tell people to do something. We tell them why to do it. We are going to find here some motivations for obedience, some steps to obedience.
I. Learning God's Truth.
I want us to move through these and draw the lessons that God has for us. One of the steps of obedience is found in the first nine verses of chapter 6. Here we are going to consider the matter of learning God's truth.
He begins in verse 1, "Now these are the commandments." We will remember that in chapter 5 God has reiterated the Commandments. The Ten Commandments are given again. They are restated. A deeper significance of the commandments has been given. "These are the commandments." Then he says, "The statutes," that is, the rules, "and the judgments," that is, the regulations.
Keep in mind that probably at this time the children of Israel are two million plus in number. This is a vast host of people. Moses has led them through this wilderness wandering. They are getting ready to move into the land of Canaan. That many people have to have rules and regulations.
Think about our city or any city. You have to have rules and regulations. There has to be laws. Life couldn't function with that many people if you didn't have some rules and regulations. That makes it possible for society to function smoothly. It ensures the safety of the people ...
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