The words of Moses to the people dominate the structure of Deuteronomy; in a simple outline he tells the people how to make a success of their lives when they reach the land promised to their forefathers just over the Jordan River. Moses speaks three long encouragements. The first outlining there history, how they’ve reached this moment and the fidelity, which they committed to and the blessings they’ll receive.
The second oration should be remembered as their purpose, there’s as well as, ours. “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. And these words which I command you this day shall be upon your heart, and you shall teach them diligently to your children and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. And you shall bind them as a sign upon your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. And you shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates” (6:4-9).
In the third discourse, the man who spoke to God face to face extolls upon them, and it would be fair to say, even us in the present time, that our love of God should not stem from fear of punishment; but from recognition for all the gifts He gives to us. Does this not require effort? “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change” (James 1:17). In the lyrics of Kenny Chesney “Take every breathe God gives you for what it’s worth.” However, it’s fairly common that the simple blessings of life pass by most men, mostly un-recognizable.
The people are told to cross the Jordan, write the commandments on stone, then to read them to the nation every seven years to be reminded of the great love God has for them and the love they should respond with in return. There are also the curses for not responding to this relationship. In the present day, some may feel uneasy by this, clinging to “sola gratia” saying we are under grace now, not law. True. The Law and Grace are not in conflict, the Law points us to Christ and therefore has purpose. “He desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Tim. 2:4). This book begs the question however: “When will our adventures become His adventures?” Ain’t it so!