Pastoral Commentary for Deuteronomy 11
Author: Pastor Bob Nordlie
"You shall therefore love the Lord your God and keep his charge, his statutes, his rules, and his commandments always", Moses told God's people. Jesus told His disciples the same thing. "If you love me, you will obey what I command" (John 14:15). We demonstrate the love we have for God, who first loved us, by being careful to fulfill His commands. What motivates us to obey God's commands? "It was your own eyes that saw all these great things the LORD has done." It is the great things that God does for us that move us to obey Him. God promises blessings if we are faithful to him, but warns us about the continual enticement to turn away from Him to other gods, which will bring discipline from His almighty hand. What should our relationship with God be like? Our faith-life should consist of "loving the Lord your God, walking in all his ways, and holding fast to him." As Luther said in his explanation to the first commandment, "We should fear, love and trust in God above all things." The theme of Deuteronomy is laid out here: "See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse: the blessing, if you obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today, and the curse, if you do not obey the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn aside from the way that I am commanding you today, to go after other gods that you have not known." God's prior blessings motivate us to obey Him and allow us to receive His promised blessings. But we must deny our sin nature, which would entice us to turn away from Him and consequently cause us to experience His curse.