One God – One Ultimate Relationship
People are involved in multiple relationships. People are also involved in community relationships, some large and some small. These community relationships can and do bleed into each other. All these relationships very in their importance to the persons involved. But there is only one relationship that people can have that has eternal value and that is their relationship with God their Heavenly Father. Jesus said it this way. “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33) There is One God and One Ultimate Relationship.
What does the Lord require of us to have a relationship with Him? First we are to honor God through fearing Him, walking in His ways, loving Him, serving Him, and by keeping His commandments. (Verses 12-13) In each of these five ways we can honor God.
Second we are to submit to God. (Verses 14-16) Here Israel was called to circumcise their heart. As Paul spoke of in Romans 2:29. Here Moses is calling Israel to circumcise their hearts as opposed to their foreskins. They were to remove anything in their hearts that came between them and their God. This call was grounded in the sovereignty of God as all things belong to Him. (Verse 14) Also, because of God’s grace He chose Israel and this should prompt all submission of their hearts. They should reject their stubbornness as a quality of their relationship. This is also the challenge that the Apostle Paul gave to the Church in Rome.
Third if they are to have an ultimate relationship with God they are to imitate Him. (Verses 17-19) This passage begins with God as sovereign, mighty, impartial, and just towards the helpless. How does this characterization of God define the quality of human response? Moses describes who God is and how He relates to others and then addresses Israel. “So show your love for the alien, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt.” We are to be like God imitating His love and justice for all.
Forth we are to be grateful to God. In the text the word gratitude does not appear but does say that “He is your praise and He is your God.” We see in this verse four actions of God that is a person’s praise. Fear the Lord, serve Him, cleave to Him, and swear by His name. (Verse 20)