FREE THEME – Deuteronomy 6
Go ahead give it a read – even if you are pretty familiar with the chapter of Deuteronomy 6 already. It is the well-known home of the Shema – a declaration of the oneness of God. “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.” (Deuteronomy 6:4). But, it doesn’t start or end there. Let’s look at the rest of the chapter, too.
First off, the word Deuteronomy means “repetition of the law”. Moses had already written down the events of his own life and the commands of God in Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers. Now, close to his own death and the time for the Israelites to enter the Promised Land led by Joshua, Moses uses the book of Deuteronomy to retell what is MOST important for God’s people to remember and live by to receive His blessings. It’s a great book for God’s people today as well.
Deuteronomy 6 begins with Moses telling the people that these are the laws and commands that 1.) were God given, 2.) which Moses was to teach, 3.) so the people and their descendants would fear and follow God and 4.) thus experience blessing from God. The blessings come to obedient people who listen to the teachers who teach what God requires. This sounds like a great description of Christian Education – as designed by God. But, sometimes we don’t do such a great job of following what God designed.
God’s people were – and are – to be learners. They need to be hearing God’s Word (daily Bible reading, sermons, Sunday School classes, youth group, small group Bible studies, email devotions, etc…). I am so thankful for those who have taught and are still teaching me God’s Word and the importance of knowing who the one true God is and how to follow Him and His Son. I immediately think of my parents, pastors and Sunday School teachers as those who have poured God’s Word into me faithfully and consistently. I am certainly still learning and correcting and learning some more. It is a lifelong task to be a learner of God’s Word and His way.
Verse 18 says, “Do what is right and good in the LORD’s sight, so that it may go well with you…” God’s people can only do right when they know what is right. And, unfortunately there is a whole lot of confusion and mixed messages in the world about what IS right. We need to be wise enough to know who to listen to – who is speaking the words of the one true God and what He requires – and who is a false teacher.
Sometimes the false teachers look pretty smooth and appealing and gain a popular following, all while twisting and perverting God’s Word. They quote Scripture and try to make it say all sorts of ungodly things – even that abortion and homosexuality is approved by God (Does that sound familiar from any presidential candidates you know? Or, maybe a college professor, or a friend?) And Satan smirks and cheers. And God, I can only try to imagine, perhaps the sadness, anger, jealousy, patience and love mingled together as He watches and waits. His judgment will be coming.
So, God’s People – will we be ready for His judgment? Is it perhaps time to wake up? Look in God’s Word and read the whole thing! See who God really is – and isn’t. Don’t be led astray. What does He require? What does He love? What does He hate? What is God waiting to teach you today? Look in His Book. Seek out wise teachers.
What is on your heart today? How about some more of God’s Word. It brings blessings.
(Tomorrow let’s continue in Deuteronomy 6 – there’s a lot more there. Give it a read and I will see you tomorrow.)