Friday, November 23, 2007

Deuteronomy 26:16–19

Deuteronomy 26:16–19: Follow the LORD’s Commands


This passage is yet one more reminder to the Israelites to obey the LORD, and a promise that He will take care of them, if they do. It’s a short passage, so I’ll just quote it:
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 his ways, that you will keep his decrees, commands and laws, and that you will obey 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. (verses 16–19)


Once again, God has to remind the Israelites to obey His commandments. It’s not enough to just give them the laws, they have to be given the laws and constantly urged to follow them.

But there is also a genuine warmth here between God and His people. They are his “treasured possession,” and He will set them “in praise, fame and honour” above all of the other nations. They will also be holy to Him.

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