|On-Line Bible Lessons|
Pastor Ovid Need
We covered love toward the Lord our God last time. The reason we spend so much time on this is because of the tremendous antinomian attitude of todays Christianity. There is a real aversion to the law of God all around us. Love has been almost totally reduced to a feeling or emotion. We must return to God's definition of love if we expect to be able to "love Him with all of our heart, soul, strength and mind." Every ounce of our being is to go into obeying His every desire for us as found in His total law-word.
With this, let's continue on with Deut. 11.
1. Deut. 11:1 "his charge, (as explained by) his statutes, and his judgments, and his commandments, alway." As God's people do this what do they prove v. 1? __________________________
2. Why does God have the right to place the requirement of v. 1 upon His people, Ps. 100? ________________________________________________________________________
a. This would mean that His people only have one right and what would that be (I Cor. 10:31)? ________________________________________________________________________
3. Who is Moses speaking to here on "this day," v. 2? ____________________________________
a. How old would they be? ___________________________________________________________
b. What did they see, vv. 2-7? There are many things here.
How many can you pick out?
c. We'll give you the first one because we need to point out something, "Chastisement". Notice Moses did not say punishment. What does chastisement speak of, Prov. 1:2-8; 4:1; Heb. 12, etc.? ________________________________________________________________________
d. Therefore, why did vv. 2-7 take place? ____________________________________________
He sums it all up in 11:7 "all the great acts of the Lord which he did." He follows this right up with "therefore" in v. 8. Moses says, "Look at all you have seen in the past, therefore, obey with courage and He will deliver the future-- , long life with peace and prosperity."
4. Moses now gives another motive for doing v. 8 and 13. He has spent almost the whole time up to here on the negative side of v. 8 and 13. "If you fail, here's what will happen." Now he moves to the positive side. He gives the promise in vv. 8-9. What kind of a land is it, vv. 10-12? ________________________________________________________________________
Let us make a point here. If I understand right, today's prosperity in this physical location of Canaan is based upon irrigation as was Egypt where they were redeemed from. Therefore what we see today cannot be a fulfillment of vv. 10-12. That has already been fulfilled.
Let us mention that the eyes of our God search the whole earth, looking for people who love Him and will prove that love through their dedication and service. When He find them, He desires to show Himself strong through those people, II Chron. 16:9; Job 34:21; Prov. 5:21; Jer. 16:17; Zech. 4:10; Heb. 4:13; I Pet. 3:12. In these passages we see that His eyes are upon His people and as His people please Him, He provides all of these promises. As we follow Israel through we will find that as His people turned from Him the land turned against them and "spued" them out. The same promise still stands today, Rev. 1:15-16. Rain in his due season is one of the visible signs of God's blessings.
"Verses 13-32. This peculiarity in the land of Canaan led Moses to close the first part of his discourse on the law, his exhortation to fear and love the Lord, with a reference to the blessing that would follow the faithful fulfillment of the law, and a threat of the curse which would attend apostasy to idolatry ("Fifth Book", pg. 348, Keil).
V. 13, we see this turning from him is not "God, we don't need you anymore," but rather a in&SHY;difference toward Him and His law-word. Notice here in v. 13, "To love the Lord your God, and to serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul," the two go together. Once again Moses is pointing out the absolute requirement of every fiber of our being dedicated to serving the Lord our God. The key word here being "diligently".
5. Something else here, notice how many times just in chapter
11 that he refers to "love the Lord thy God--" You would
think this was important. Love is always connected with something
else. Here in v. 13, it is love and serve. What is love connected
with the other two times it is used in chp. 11?
(1) v. 1 ___________________________________
(2) v. 22 _________________________________
a. What is love toward God connect with in:
(1) Deut. 5:10? __________________________
(6) Deut. 19:9? ______________________________
(2) Deut. 6:5-9? _________________________
(7) Deut. 30:6-8? ____________________________
(3) Deut. 7:9? ___________________________
(8) Deut. 30:16? _____________________________
(4) Deut. 10:12-13? ______________________
(9) Deut. 30:20? _____________________________
(5) Deut. 13:1-5? ________________________
(10) Jn. 14:15? _______________________________
(11) I Jn. 5:2-3? _____________________________
I don't think we can find one time where we can make love toward God (nor faith for that matter, Ja. 2:20) stand alone. Therefore, any teaching which tries to make love stand alone is not Scriptural. As we have already covered, love toward God is not identified as an emotion but AC&SHY;TION. The devil will give emotions especially if they will prevent actions according to His law-word. This ACTION is what brings Him to our aid.
Verses 3-15 we have the promised prosperity as they meet the above conditions.
V. 16, here Moses stresses again what he covered in chp. 8 in detail. If they allowed v. 16 to happen then the garden spot of the earth would change into a desert needing irrigation as did Egypt.
6. Verses 18-21, he goes over again that which he has already covered. Notice our God through Moses, points out that keeping the material blessings He has given to His people is dependent upon what, v. 19?
a. Is this a reason the freedoms won and secured 200-400 years ago are so near gone? Does the enemy have us so involved in the cares of this world that we do not take the time to do this properly? Moses delivers a tremendous promise in 21B based on vv. 1-21. What is this promise? ________________________________________________________________________
Verses 22-25, the Lord is very firm here. There can be no doctrine of toleration. Other gods cannot be tolerated, nor can other laws, or desires, or methods, or goals. Again, Christ em&SHY;phasizes this very thing, Matt. 4:10; Lk. 4:8; 16:13. That which is tolerated will control and destroy the relationship with God. V. 25, "shall no man". This is conditional upon the above.
Verses 26-32. The choice is set before God's people. The choice of a blessing or a curse. The choice did not stop here with this OT nation. It has continued down through the years and will continue on until time is no more. Paul reaffirms this choice in Rom. 6:16. Paul points out that through grace we have the very power of God to make the right choice and to stick by it, thereby inheriting the promised blessing. Now we are able to bring forth fruit unto holiness, 6:16-23. He then goes on to chp. 8 and expands much more upon this thought. Paul finishes chp. 8 with a very powerful statement. (v. 37) "Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us." "The power is there over anything of the world, flesh or devil." The blessings of faith are ours through the power of grace working in us that we might please the one who has called us for His glory.
Moses finishes chp. 11 with a tremendous promise of an inheritance and victory for those who will show their love for God and His Word by their actions.