Deuteronomy 5 & 6: Ten To Two
Verse of the Day: (5:10) And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments.
1. Commandments (5:1-33)
O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever! (5:29)
Trust and obey God for there is no other way if we truly desire His rich and abundant blessings. God through Moses time and again reminded Israel to trust and fear Him, and keep and obey His commandments if they truly desired His blessings. When Jesus came to earth to die for the sins of the whole world, He taught the people to obey the Ten Commandments and summarised them into Two Commandments. Jesus’ first commandment is that we must love God with all our hearts, souls and minds, which actually covers the first four commandments of the Ten Commandments: 1. There is only one God. 2. Do not worship idols. 3. Do not take the name of God in vain. 4. Keep the Sabbath holy. Jesus’ second commandment is that we must love others as ourselves, which wraps up the rest of the Ten Commandments: 5. Honour your parents so that you have longevity. 6. Do not kill. 7. Do not commit adultery. 8. Do not steal. 9. Do not bear false witness. 10. Do not covet. Indeed, God’s blessings shall be upon us if we love Him with all our hearts, souls and minds, and love others as ourselves. (Matthew 22:36-40)
2. Children (6:1-15)
And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. (6:7)
Way before man knows the value and importance of education and discipline, God already through Moses commanded Israel that they shall be blessed and prosperous if they would teach their children the Ten Commandments whenever and wherever they were. Indeed, God’s blessings shall be upon us and our children as we teach them in believing Him, and trusting and obeying His Word and commandments. (Proverbs 22:6)
3. Cast (6:16-25)
To cast out all thine enemies from before thee, as the LORD hath spoken. (6:19)
Again, God through Moses, assured Israel that He shall fight for them, and cast out their enemies, and grant them victory to possess their Promised Land. Never did God failed Israel, yet they failed Him many times. Let us commit and yield our lives to God, and He shall cast out our enemies, the likes of the Devil, death and temptations, and grant us victory through Jesus. Indeed, God can do anything except fail! (1 Corinthians 15:55-58)
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, please help me to love You with all my heart, and to love others too.