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July 7, 2016

Text: “Now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require from you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways and love Him, and to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the Lord’s commandments and which I am commanding you today for your good. Behold, to the Lord your God belong heaven and the highest heavens, the earth and all that is in it.”  Deuteronomy 10:12-14

Are you surprised that God has expectations of you? Why? After all, you have expectations of God! You may expect to  have God keep you from all harm, sorrow, or undue burdens. You may demand that he present you with endless happiness without any troubles or worries.  Or how about God always blessing with incredible wealth. Oh, and standing and popularity among your peers. And how about your health and well-being? And probably you assume that these things are all possible and reasonable.

So what do you think about what the Lord expects of you? Can he really demand anything from you?  It seems that many admit that God is owed much from man, but their lives are lived as mere lip service to that certainty. This is a certainty because God’s word upholds it!

Let’s observe the relationship of God to the people whom he chose to receive his blessings.  God formed a series of covenants with Abraham (Abram) and his descendants that He promised would ultimately bless all humanity. In the Abrahamic covenant  God revealed that the descendants of the patriarch would be in bondage to another nation for 400 years. (Genesis 15:13)  When that 430 years had finally run its prophesied course God sent Moses to deliver the Israelites from Bondage in Egypt and began the existence of Abraham’s descendants  as a nation they went to the Sinai peninsula and sojourned at Mt. Sinai, making covenant (the Mosaic Covenant) with Moses as the go-between with God. Moses explained to the Israelites the rationale behind their selection. The Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. It was not because you were more in number than any other people that the Lord set his love on you and chose you, for you were the fewest of all peoples, but it is because the Lord loves you and is keeping the oath that he swore to your fathers, that the Lord has brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations…” Deuteronomy 7:6b-9  Notice that Moses insisted that God was faithful in keeping his word to Abraham and will also be steadfastly loving and keep his covenant with those who love him and keep his commandments, blessing them eternally for their love and obedience.

Correspondingly, there are reciprocal obligations for covenanters on the human side of the pact.  Our text above defines four guidelines we must follow to fulfill our obligations of what God wants from us. First: fear the Lord our God. Second: Walk in his ways and love him. Third:  serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. And Fourth: keep the Lord’s commandments.  The prophet Micah concurs and adds: “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8  

What, therefore, is the meaning of this for us?

There is no guessing as to what the will of God for us is. God has provided the answers in His book.

We can not make up our own rules about right and wrong. We must submit to God.

Ignorance is unacceptable. Evasion is disobedience.

We must become as earnest in doing what God  decrees as he is in specifying our duty.

We must decide what God wants of us.

We must determine how much of God’s will we are willing to obey.








One Comment
  1. Larry permalink

    Well said. i hadn’t thought of it in just this way before.–LS

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