The Lord your God commands you this day to follow these decrees and laws; carefully observe them with all your heart and with all your soul. You have declared this day that the Lord is your God and that you will walk in obedience to him, that you will keep his decrees, commands and laws—that you will listen to him. And the Lord has declared this day that you are his people, his treasured possession as he promised, and that you are to keep all his commands. He has declared that he will set you in praise, fame and honor high above all the nations he has made and that you will be a people holy to the Lord your God, as he promised.
God commands Israel to keep the “decrees and laws” with all their heart and soul. Commandments and instructions mean nothing unless they become written on your heart, and then part of how you live. Israel does this for a short time, and they are able to enter the promised land and conquer as the Lord directed them. Obedience to God’s commands comes only through Christ Jesus, and the power of grace. Empowered by the Holy Spirit, we are “a people holy to the Lord our God”. The hope for Israel was that they would keep the commands of God and live in obedience, even after the death of Moses.
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