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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


Loving obedience introduction
Loving Obedience Introduction


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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)



Deuteronomy 10 12 131
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


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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.



Loving obedience

“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 and inclinations, which hinder you from fearing and loving God.”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 and inclinations, which hinder you from fearing and loving God.”10:16

  • See also:

    • Jeremiah 4:4

    • Ezekiel 18:31

    • Ezekiel 36:25-26


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Deuteronomy and inclinations, which hinder you from fearing and loving God.”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 and inclinations, which hinder you from fearing and loving God.”10:17


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Deuteronomy and inclinations, which hinder you from fearing and loving God.”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 and inclinations, which hinder you from fearing and loving God.”10:18-19


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Deuteronomy and inclinations, which hinder you from fearing and loving God.”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 and inclinations, which hinder you from fearing and loving God.”10:20


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Deuteronomy and inclinations, which hinder you from fearing and loving God.”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 and inclinations, which hinder you from fearing and loving God.”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 and inclinations, which hinder you from fearing and loving God.”10:21-22


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Deuteronomy 10:21-22 and inclinations, which hinder you from fearing and loving God.”

  • 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 and inclinations, which hinder you from fearing and loving God.”

  • 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 and inclinations, which hinder you from fearing and loving God.”

  • 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.


Loving obedience conclusions
Loving Obedience and inclinations, which hinder you from fearing and loving God.”Conclusions


Loving obedience conclusions1
Loving Obedience and inclinations, which hinder you from fearing and loving God.”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 and inclinations, which hinder you from fearing and loving God.”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)


Loving obedience conclusions3
Loving Obedience and inclinations, which hinder you from fearing and loving God.”Conclusions

  • What prompts our love for God?

  • Is it the benefits we have received?


Loving obedience conclusions4
Loving Obedience and inclinations, which hinder you from fearing and loving God.”Conclusions

  • What prompts our love for God?

  • Is it the benefits we have received?

  • Then God deserves from us the most love of all.


Loving obedience conclusions5
Loving Obedience and inclinations, which hinder you from fearing and loving God.”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.


Loving obedience conclusions6
Loving Obedience and inclinations, which hinder you from fearing and loving God.”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 and inclinations, which hinder you from fearing and loving God.”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 and inclinations, which hinder you from fearing and loving God.”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 and inclinations, which hinder you from fearing and loving God.”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.