Deut. 6 Lesson 1
Moses has reminded them of the Ten Commandments and now he moves on to another introduc&SHY;tion, vv. 1-3. You would find it quite amazing if you would read through this book and somehow make note of every time the thought of vv. 1-3 is given. We have already covered it a number of times. The Lord commands Moses to teach His law to His people that they might FEAR HIM. Is this a reason even His people don't fear Him any longer?
1. Can you spot the common goal of Deut. 6:1-3; Eph. 4:11-12; II Tim. 2? Let me give a hint here. What was Moses commanded to do, to whom was he told to do it and what would be the results? What is the pastor told to do, to whom is he told to do it and what will be the results?
2. Do we have a promise of God which we want to claim? Deut. 6:1-3 tells us how to claim that promise. Is there a mighty enemy to face? Deut. 6:1-3 tells us how that enemy can be conquered. Is there an obstacle, a problem, something too big to handle? Here is the answer. What is it, v. 2, 3?
The fear of the Lord is always tied to keeping His commandments, Ps. 111:10; 128:1; Prov. 8:13. In fact, the wisest man ever to live tied the two together as the TOTAL duty of man, Ecc. 12:13. The two cannot be separated.
3. Moses points out that proper diet is the secret to prolonged life. What does this diet consist of, v. 2; Matt. 4:4; Jn. 6:31-58?
a. This means that even though we should eat right , this is not the secret of prolonged life. Again, the two must go together, not only hearing the Word of God but _________________________
V. 4, 5 -- You can recognize this first and greatest commandment. He points first to the unity of the Lord God. We find this in Isa. 9:6 where every aspect of God is in the Lord Jesus Christ. Here is a direct contradiction of a heresy today. (Refer back to the paper on "MARCIONISM".) The heresy today says there is one god for the OT and one god for the NT. That is a lie of the devil. This heresy sometimes says that there are different ways to heaven. No, there has always been and will always be one way, and that is through the blood of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. This heresy sometimes says that God deals differently in different periods of history. Now, in the sense that the OT didn't have the person of Christ, yes, but God has always dealt in mercy and grace. Ps. 103:11-17 and Prov. 28:13-14 were written long before Christ came. Nineveh, that great Gentile city, was saved long before Christ's time, Matt. 12:41. Christ was Grace and Truth incarnate in the flesh, yet God has always dealt with man through grace and mercy ever since man's first days. Without this grace and mercy man wouldn't have made it out of the garden, Lam. 3:22,-25.
4. You can trace this throughout the NT. Our Lord took this context and spoke it in Mk. 12:29. There are several references to this by Paul, one being Eph. 4:1-6. This means there is only one Lord; therefore, only one law from this one Lord. He has only one people. There is not even the slightest hint of division in our Lord God. How many times can you see this thought of "ONE" in Eph. 4:1-6?
This upset the Jews because this meant that "the man Christ Jesus" was also the ONE LORD which spoke to Moses at the bush and here at the foot of Pisgah, as well as at Sinai. See John 5:18; 10:30. This means that the ONE speaking to Moses here is also the Lord our God who paid the price for our sins. When our Redeemer speaks, we should listen. What does He say to you?
V. 5 -- Here is the sum total of the whole duty of man. Our Lord quoted this also in Matt. 22:37. We will find the other half of the quote by our Lord in Jn. 14:15, "If ye love me, keep my commandments". We show our love toward our God by keeping His commandments toward God. We show our love toward man by keeping God's commandments toward our fellow man. These Ten Com&SHY;mandments explain to us how to show that love. All of the law and prophets are summed up in this. This command of Deut. 6:5 calls for a total dedication to the service of our God and obedience to His every word. Paul also sums this up with I Cor. 10:31.
5. Where are these words to be, Deut. 6:6; Ps. 1; 119:11?
6. What is to be done with them, Deut. 6:7; Eph. 6:4?
a. What is one way Deut. 6:7-9 can be accomplished?
Really, this is probably the most devastating thing there is for a child when this is not accomplished. I don't think the answer here is to literally write them on the door post. The law of God will not rub off by walking close to it, carrying it in your pocket or having it on the living room table.
7. VV. 10-12 -- Once again, here is the promise to bring them into the good land. Notice vv. 11 and 12, what does he warn them of?
8. V. 13 -- Here is the fear of the Lord. As before, we see fear identified with what?
9. VV. 14-15 (Jer. 25:6) Moses warns of two great dangers to God's people; the danger back up in vv. 11-12 and one here. What is this danger?
The results will be destruction for His people, yet, the heathens can do this and seemingly prosper. David spoke of this in Ps. 37. God's people will look around and say, "Look at their prosperity, we'll do the same thing." Yet we will have God's anger against us. Some examples of this would be viewing education and science, motivation, etc., as the world does. See the biblicalexaminer.org &SHY;"Education".
V. 16 -- He warns against tempting God. Our Lord quotes this in Matt. 4:7. There the devil tempted Him to claim a verse out of context. He tried to get Him to intentionally put Himself into a place for no reason where He would have to depend on God. A good application of this is to enter into something we know is not according to God's Word or will for our lives, then depend on Him to take care of us anyway; this would be tempting God; this would also be an unwillingness to deal with something according to the Scriptural methods, then depending on God to get us out of the tight fix. Satan tempted Christ to do something contrary to God's Word and then to depend upon God to deliver Him from the results. "Christianity" today seems to thrive on this; doing things apart from God's way, as revealed to us through His Word, and then praying for God to deliver us from the results of that violation. Rather than entering into what we want to do, then depending on God to take care of us, we are to enter into what He wants us to do and the results will be "well with" us. He will protect us as we do what He wants according to His Word. Here we have a contrast, on one hand, doing as we want and depending on Him to take care of us, which is tempting God. On the other hand, doing that which is right, which is faith in God and reaping all the benefits of that faith.
10. In closing, why were these statutes given to His people, v. 24?
11. Titus 2:12 calls for a righteous life from His people. Where do we get this righteousness?
Where is this righteousness defined, Deut. 6:24-25?
A definition of righteousness, then, would be doing right according to God's Word. Rom. 6:16 (etc.) identifies this as obedience unto life.