Pastoral Commentary for Deuteronomy 6-7
Author: Pastor Bob Nordlie
God graciously promised His people many blessings in order to motivate and equip them to obey His commands. His commands were summed up in these words, "Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might." These words encompassed the Creed and the Great Commandment of Israel. God is one and therefore He must be first in the hearts and lives of His chosen people. God told His people that this confession and command was so important that they were to post it on the doorframes of their houses and wear it on their foreheads to remind them of it continually. They were also to teach it to their children and talk about it with their families at all times. Because Israel was God's chosen people, they were set apart and holy to Him. They were not to mingle or intermarry with the pagan nations they were displacing in the Promised Land. They were to destroy the symbols of pagan worship these people had set up. Moses reminded Israel that it was only because of God's grace that they belonged to Him. So too, it is only by grace that we are saved and made holy in God's sight through faith in Jesus Christ. Moses commanded Israel to trust in God, "a great and awesome God" and not to be in dread of the people whom they feared. He promised that they would in time overcome them all and receive the inheritance that God would give them. So too, Jesus promises us, "Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life" (Revelation 2:10).