J. D. Greear and I have collaborated on a six-week study called “God First,” which examines the first four commandments and the difference between religious observance and the gospel. This post is excerpted from the first session, “God First in Love and Pursuit.”
As Christians, we believe God’s law was given out of love after saving His people. Deuteronomy 10 makes this clear.
But take a good hard look at verse 12:
“And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God ask of you except to fear the Lord your God by walking in all His ways, to love Him, and to worship the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul?”
When I read that, I think to myself, Oh, that’s all! God doesn’t expect anything of me except total devotion, walking in His ways, and full-hearted worship. It’s like saying to your son or daughter,
“Now, I’m not asking anything of you except for you to obey me and love me every minute of every day no matter what happens. That’s it. All I’m asking is for you to be a perfect child.”
In case you think this is a misinterpretation of the verse, look at the command given in the first verse of the next chapter:
“Therefore, love the Lord your God and always keep His mandate and His statutes, ordinances, and commands.
The Two Scary Words
Two words in this verse ought to strike fear into your heart. The first is “love” the Lord your God. We know from Jesus’ words that …