|On-Line Bible Lessons|
Pastor Ovid Need
We saw from v. 12 of chp. 10 that God, through Moses, is emphasizing Deut. 6:4-5. This really is the central theme of the whole of Scriptures. Our Lord came with this emphasis and John, in his first Epistle, emphasizes this thoroughly. As we have seen, this is the WHOLE DUTY of man. We also know that the only way this requirement can be fulfilled is through the grace of God. The natural man will fight against this tooth and nail. The whole world, flesh and the devil is at WAR against this as they teach the duty of man is to please himself. The flesh agrees with this, and, as we will see, the choice is ours of whether we will walk after Deut. 6:4-5; 10:12-13 or after the flesh, Rom. 6:16. As we choose correctly, God will provide the grace to carry through, Ph. 2:13.
Let us quote a little from "The Humanist Manifestos I
and II" (Prometheus Books, 923 Kensington Av., Buffalo, NY,
14215). Starting on pg. 9.
"Eighth: ---and (humanism) seeks its development and fulfillment in the here and now."
"Ninth: ---The humanist finds his religious emotions expressed in a heightened sense of personal life and in a cooperative effort to promote social well-being. Twelfth: Believing that religion must work increasingly for joy in living, religious humanists aim to foster the creative in man and to encourage achievements that add to the satisfactions of life. Thirteenth: Religious humanism maintains that all associations and institutions exist for the fulfillment of human life."
Then, in "Manifestos II", we have starting on pg. 18: "Fifth: The preciseness and dignity of the individual person is a central humanist value. Individuals should be encouraged to realize their own creative talents and desires."
These manifestos are full of this garbage. These are just enough quotes to show where they are coming from. They believe that education, without any reference to God, is the way to achieve man's self-realization. Let us add here, "Education without God only makes man more effective in his rebellion against God."
All of that to say this. We have two philosophies in direct conflict with each other. We see in God's Word that the duty of man is to love God with every fiber of his being and do everything in terms of that love. Then, on the other hand, we have this philosophy of the world, flesh and devil, making the demand that we love ourselves and do everything in terms of that love. Modern education not only encourages this, but "teaches" how to obtain self-realization. Sad to say, most modern Christianity does the same.
Deut. 10:12-13, God lays down, once again, our responsibility. He expands on this throughout this chapter. The division of chapters 10 and 11 seems to be with the thought which started in 10:12. He gives the requirement in v. 12 and 13, then gives the proof with which we will show with OUR LIVES that we are obeying that requirement.
As we have already mentioned, our Lord placed this in effect for our day just as sure as it was for Moses' day, Matt. 22:37; Mk. 12:30-37. This command is for God's people of all times. Either they will live by this command or they will live by the humanist manifesto as "Christian humanists," and sad to say, most who claim Christ live to please themselves and not the One who called them, I Thess. 2:12; 4:7; II Tim. 1:9; I Pet. 1:15; 2:9, 21; 3:9, etc.. If He is God of gods and Lord of lords (Deut. 10:17), then He is even God over those who are practicing humanists and His people, especially, had better get their "act" together.
Keil makes an interesting statement on this subject. Actually,
it is his comment on Deut. 6:12, 13 (Vol. I, Fifth Book of Moses,
pg. 325). ""Fearing" is a matter of the heart;
"serving" a matter of working and striving; and "swearing
in His name," the practical manifestation of the worship
of God in word and conversation. It refers not merely to a solemn
oath before a judicial court, but rather to asseverations on oath
in the ordinary intercourse of life, by which the religious attitude
of a man involuntarily reveals itself."
Notice something here. To take the Lord's name in vain is to say we are a Christian, one of His, and not live like it according to His every law-word. This is blasphemy of the highest degree, and those who consistently live contrary to what they profess can fully expect the chas&SHY;tening hand of God against them, I Tim. chp. 1, especially v. 20.
1. Deut. 11:1 Moses continues on with the requirements of Deut. 6:4-5 and 10:12-13. He goes on to develop what he has established. What does our Lord say in regard to this, Jn. 14:15?
a. We have already covered this; but, then, so has Moses, yet he is referring to this again. How do we show our lack of love for our Lord God, Jn. 14:21-24? ___________________________
b. What things will the Holy Spirit bring to our mind, (note the context) Jn. 14:26? ________________________________________________________________________
c. We think of Jn. 14 as the love chapter given by our Lord, and how well it is, but it is more a chapter showing God's definition of our love toward Him. The apostle John gives this definition of love over in his three epistles. He gets very strong on this. Notice chp. 2, he compares the two loves, love for God and love for the world. How does John define love toward God, I Jn. 2:3-6; 5:2-3? ______________________________________________________________ _______
d. Therefore, what would be the definition of the love toward
the world of I Jn. 2:15?
e. Following John's thought on through here, if a person continues in this love toward the world with no remorse or conviction from God, what does this prove, 2:19? ___________________
f. Why would this be true, v. 20? ____________________________________________________
g. Again, following the context from 2:3 down. How would a person deny that Jesus is the Christ as in vv. 22-23; II Jn. 6? ____________________________________________________________
h. The next verse would confirm this. How would a person "continue in the Son," v. 24? ________________________________________________________________________
This brings us to I Jn. 2:27, "and ye need not that any man teach you:" This passage is built on vv. 3-26. It will not stand by itself. If a person is doing vv. 3- 26, then the Holy Spirit will teach him. The person will be matured in the Lord. They will grow, as in Heb. 5:12-14. They will still be teachable, and they will desire to be taught by teachers of the Word of God, but they also will be teachers. One reason there is such a dire need of teachers is because folks refuse to do vv. 3-26. They have a hard time getting past Heb. 6:1-2. They want to hear about God's responsibility to them instead of their responsibility to God and this leaves them as baby Chris&SHY;tians that need to be taught. John goes on here, v. 29, and confirms that this would be his reference with v. 27. See Heb. 8:10, 11.