The Conduct of Man
These six chapters focus on the conduct of persons bound in covenant with the Lord. In his book on Deuteronomy, Pythian-Adams astutely observed that these chapters may be viewed as a commentary on the first commandment. It there is only one God, what are the implications of that belief for Israel or for succeeding believers in the Church who affirm that the uniqueness of God logically presupposes a unique life-style for the committed to relationship with Him? If there is one God and one God only, then there is one faithful fellowship, one people of God, one source of life, one source of success, one ultimate relationship, and one fundamental choice.
One God – One Faithful Relationship
If there is only one God, then it follows that there is a single fellowship of covenant persons bound in faith within the circle of commitment to that God
A Fearful Fellowship 1-3
The use of the word fear is not the same as we understand it in the English dictionary. The meaning of fear in the Hebrew is awe and reverence. This is the reaction to our experience in the presence of God, a reverent fear of awe and wonder. This does not mean that we are improperly afraid of God or are in terror in His presence, although I think I might be terrified when I am actually in His presence. In this passage the purpose of the revelation of God beings about the nature of the covenant community. “That you and your son and your grandson might fear the LORD your God.” The fate of this fellowship is determined by the proper fear in the response the believer makes towards God.
Fundamentals of the Faith 4-9
There is only one true God and the fundamentals of faith are exceedingly significant. First Faith must be perceived in the hearing of God’s Word. As we read, “Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one!” and “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.” Our faith is balanced by our love for Him. Our love for God is fundamental to our faith.
Second Faith Must Be Practiced 6-9
God’s Word is to be on our heart which governs our will. They are to be taught to our children and in our conversations and lived through our life. The Word of God constitutes the fundamentals of our faith. One should not live apart from the Word of God. It is important to keep practice in our faith and transfer them to the following generations.
Third the Fundamentals of Faith Must Be Perpetuated 4-9
Teaching is sharing what we have learned and the emphasis of Deuteronomy is teaching and learning. In the present day society the parents have forsaken the word of God and the children are suffering to hear the truth. “You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.” Faith is not only to be present in our own lives but to be offered with vigor to the lives of others. The Church will never reach its full potential apart from the involvement of His Word in the home. The family cannot reach its proper stability and moral influence apart from the teaching Church. Each, the family and the Church, is a partner in perpetuating the faith.
A Forgotten Father 10-15
If the people forsake their Heavenly Father, then there can be no faithful fellowship. God the Father gave them the land they were about to possess as a reward that Israel had not labored for. It was a land that had cities they did not build and houses filled with good things they had not labored for. They would drink form wells they had not dug and they would eat from vineyards that they did not plant. Moses reminded the people to not forget the graciousness of the Lord during the days of their abundance. Moses warned the people not to worship the false gods of the people they would conquer for, “the LORD your God in the midst of you is a jealous God.”
Testing or Trusting 16-19
We can either test the truth of God’s Word or we can trust His Word. Moses is asking the people which it shall be with them. The Israelite people had tested the Lord at Massah and Moses is now counseling them not to test the Lord again. Jesus had used this verse when tempted by Satan. “And Jesus answered and said to him, “It is said, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.” (Luke 4:12)
We should not test God but trust Him at His Word. Our obedience to His Word pleases Him. The one who has faith in God should keep His commandments, (Verse 17) by doing what is right and good. (Verse 18) The success of the conquest depended upon their obedience to His Word.
The Meaning of Life and Law 20-25
The children will ask the meaning of worship, ministry, service, and mission? They will ask what the meaning of life is and the answer will be found in what God has done for His people. We are to tell our children what God has done in our lives, how God has invaded history to give His redemptive power and this is important for our children to know.