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Loving Obedience. Deuteronomy 10:12-22. Loving Obedience Introduction. Loving Obedience Introduction. Last week we looked at what Jesus called the first or the greatest commandment.

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loving obedience

Loving Obedience

Deuteronomy 10:12-22

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Loving Obedience Introduction
  • Last week we looked at what Jesus called the first or the greatest commandment.
  • Israel – and we – were told to love the Lord our God with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength.
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Loving Obedience Introduction
  • Today we will further explore loving God.
  • We will see how that love leads to walking in his ways, serving him and keeping his commandments.
  • Read Deuteronomy 10:12-22.
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Loving Obedience Introduction

“His loving ministry, His tender care, His thoughtful love — all should bind our hearts in affectionate devotion to Him, and quicken our steps in treading the path of loving obedience.”

– C. H. Mackintosh (1820 – 1896)

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Deuteronomy 10:12-13
  • What does the Lord your God require of you?
  • It is a powerful question because:
    • God demands nothing outlandish or complicated.
    • Everything in this passage is understandable and very reasonable under the circumstances.
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Deuteronomy 10:12-13
  • to fear … to walk … to love … to serve … to keep the commandments and statutes of the Lord
  • Love without fear would subvert his authority.
  • Fear without love would make us gloomy and discouraged.
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Deuteronomy 10:12-13
  • to fear … to walk … to love … to serve … to keep the commandments and statutes of the Lord
  • Love and fear together make the walking, serving and keeping of God’s commandments a joy.
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Deuteronomy 10:12-13
  • Love prompts us to service.
  • When love motivates, it naturally expresses itself in service.
  • Where no such expression appears, we lack evidence of love toward the one who is not served.
  • See John 14:15, 23
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Deuteronomy 10:12-13
  • Israel had the commandments.
  • They had God’s word to the extent that he had revealed it to them at this time.
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Deuteronomy 10:12-13
  • We have more.
  • We have a fuller revelation.
  • We also have the indwelling Holy Spirit.
  • We know God in a more intimate manner than they did.
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Deuteronomy 10:12-13
  • I am commanding you today for your good
  • The doctor doesn’t typically ask us to enjoy our medicine.
  • The doctor asks us to take it.
  • It is for our good.
  • We may even learn to like it in the end.
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Deuteronomy 10:12-13
  • I am commanding you today for your good
  • In the same way, not every command seems pleasant.
  • Not every command matches our natural inclinations.
  • They are for our good.
  • We may even learn to like them in the end.
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Deuteronomy 10:14-15
  • God is ultimate owner and creator of all that is.
  • There is no being higher than him.
  • What a wonderful place of honor he gave to Israel.
  • It all goes back to Genesis 12:1-3.
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“Circumcise your hearts. Cast away all corrupt affections and inclinations, which hinder you from fearing and loving God.”

– Matthew Henry (1662 – 1714)

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Deuteronomy 10:16
  • Circumcise … your heart
  • All males among Israel had to be circumcised eight days after they were born.
  • This was symbolic of the real work of cutting away the flesh.
  • God takes our hearts inclined after the flesh and gives us hearts inclined after the spirit.
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Deuteronomy 10:16
  • See also:
    • Jeremiah 4:4
    • Ezekiel 18:31
    • Ezekiel 36:25-26
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Deuteronomy 10:16
  • God commanded Israel to do something for which they actually needed his help.
  • He showed them their need for an inner transformation.
  • We need the same inner transformation.
  • This should persuade us to cry out for this inner work.
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Deuteronomy 10:17
  • God reveals himself as the most powerful being in existence.
  • There is no god or power higher than him.
  • He is also perfectly just, showing no partiality to anyone.
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Deuteronomy 10:18-19
  • The fatherless, the widows and the foreigners were particularly helpless people in the ancient world.
  • This is still very true today.
  • James 1:27 comments on this same topic.
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Deuteronomy 10:20
  • 10:20Our service should be with the firmest confidence, truest affection, and persistent obedience.
  • The word serve includes a sense of worship, as in the service of the Levites.
  • Our word liturgycomes from Greek and Latin roots pertaining to public service.
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Deuteronomy 10:20

The word liturgy strictly means service; here service means adore, pray, and praise; worship outwardly, publicly, and privately with all the heart. We learn the essence of all true acceptable worship before God. Not material glory, ritual splendour; but depth of sincerity, intensity of love, the supremacy of God in the heart.

– John Cumming

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Deuteronomy 10:21-22
  • The pattern with God is not that we work to receive blessings from him.
  • With God, the pattern is “Grace is given, obedience follows as a response.”
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Deuteronomy 10:21-22
  • God’s past goodness is grounds for immense hope.
  • This was only the beginning.
  • God had so much more in store for the people of Israel.
  • He has more in store for them yet today.
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Deuteronomy 10:21-22
  • God’s past goodness is grounds for immense hope.
  • Let’s also consider what God has done for us in the past.
  • Let’s trust in his promises for the future.
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Loving Obedience Conclusions
  • God gave Israel a special status – a unique and privileged place in the drama of the nations.
  • Our place is even more privileged.
  • We live after the cross.
  • We can see and experience God’s love in higher, deeper, nearer and more profound ways than Israel.
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Loving Obedience Conclusions
  • Yet far greater is our knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ … And this carries with it a higher obligation to serve Him, to love Him and to walk in obedience, than Israel’s obligation.

– Arno Gaebelein(1861 – 1945)

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Loving Obedience Conclusions
  • What prompts our love for God?
  • Is it the benefits we have received?
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Loving Obedience Conclusions
  • What prompts our love for God?
  • Is it the benefits we have received?
  • Then God deserves from us the most love of all.
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Loving Obedience Conclusions
  • What prompts our love for God?
  • Is it the benefits we have received?
  • Is it the worthiness of the one to be loved?
  • Then God deserves from us the most love of all.
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Loving Obedience Conclusions
  • What prompts our love for God?
  • Is it the benefits we have received?
  • Is it the worthiness of the one to be loved?
  • Is it the amount or sincerity of love toward us?
  • Then God deserves from us the most love of all.
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Loving Obedience Conclusions
  • In the first creation He gave me myself; but in His new creation He gave me Himself, and by that gift restored to me the self that I had lost.

– Bernard of Clairvaux (1091 – 1153)

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Loving Obedience Conclusions
  • If we are capable of any love at all - then our love rightly belongs to him.
  • He is the most deserving of our love by any measure.
  • And this love should prompt us to wholehearted, worshipful, loving obedience.
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Loving Obedience Conclusions
  • Let’s end with a story about Jesus, which includes a story that Jesus told.
  • It illustrates an ideal attitude toward him.
  • See Luke 7:36-50.
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