Notes: May 5, 2008 – Deuteronomy 5 & 6

After rehearsing a bit of history, the Lord calls Israel’s attention to the 10-commandment covenant and all of the auxiliary laws and statutes that He had already given to their ancestors.

Meditation Points:

  • God’s covenant WAS the 10 commandments (5:2, 6-21).
  • Knowing who is speaking is the first step in understanding the speech. The commandments were not from Moses; they were from God (5:6).
  • BECAUSE God was giving the orders-that was enough reason why the people should keep the commandments.
  • The people understood quite well that God was speaking; but they were afraid to pursue any further conversations with the Almighty. Instead, they requested a mediator, one who would stand between them and God and represent their cause to the Almighty (22-27). For the time, Moses served the purpose; but he eventually died. Christ, the only true mediator between God and Man (1 Timothy 2:5) lives and intercedes forever!
  • O that men might fear God and keep His commandments always (Deuteronomy 5:29). This is God speaking!
  • Equally binding, but not eternal, statutes follow in chapter 6 (1-3).
  • God is one (Deuteronomy 6:4). Does this mean that there is only one God? Or does it mean that the God known in 3 persons is not 3 gods?
  • Deuteronomy 6:5 requires loving God. Do you love God? How much?
  • Remember the words of God (6:6). How much of God’s Word do you remember?
  • Teach your children about God. Teach them diligently. Talk to them about God at home. Talk to them about God when you are traveling. Talk to them about God at bedtime. Talk to them about  God when they get up in the morning. Always have the word of God before you, and around your house. (Deuteronomy 6:7-9).
  • Don’t let prosperity make you lose sight of God (10-12).
  • Don’t tempt God by disobeying Him and getting involved with false religion (13-16).
  • As you obey God, He will care for you; and your children will ask why you love God so (17-20).
  • That will be a great opportunity to witness to God’s grace and mercy to you, as well as to tell your children what a mess you were in before God stepped into your life to save you (21-24).
  • Don’t forget to teach your children that we are not righteous of ourselves, nor because of our good deeds; but make sure they know that God accepts our faith, as evidenced by our acts of faith, even as Abraham believed God and it was counted to him for righteousness.