The book of Deuteronomy is a heart-warming record of Yahweh’s relationship with Israel, and His love for His people. The vibrant call to commitment in worship and obedience is so strong that it inspires references throughout the rest of the Scriptures. It’s very clear from Moses’s discussions that Yahweh cherishes obedience and respect, and when we give it to Him He lavishes love upon us. “Stay on the path that [Yahweh your Elohim] has commanded you to follow”, urges Moses. “Then you will live long and prosperous lives…” [Deuteronomy 5:33, New Living Translation].
The path we are to stay on is outlined unmistakably in the early chapters of the book, as Moses reminisces about the way Yahweh has led them, reminding Israel of the commandments given to them and the lifestyle expected of them. “You must love [Yahweh your Elohim] with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength” he implores. “And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands…” [6:5-6].
We serve the same great and noble Mighty One Who spoke to Israel through His servant Moses so many centuries ago. He has never changed, nor has He needed to. Throughout history His loving kindness, His tender mercy and His perfect justice have remained true and relevant for successive generations. His instructions, clearly defined in the Ten Commandments, give us a glimpse of His character and a perfect outline of His expectations of us.
Moses spoke of Yahshua when he told Israel that Yahweh would “raise up for you a prophet like me from among your fellow Israelites” [Deuteronomy 18:15]. Yahshua came preaching an even greater standard of righteousness than Moses [see Matthew 5], but through His death provided a way for that standard [Yahweh’s Law] to be written on our hearts [Jeremiah 31:33-34; Hebrews 10:16]. Yahshua kept the Law throughout His earthly life and said, empathically, that He hadn’t come to abolish it, but to fulfil it [Matthew 5:17]. The power of His blood is such that we are not only cleansed from sin, but we are empowered to ‘stay on the path’. In Yahshua, we have everything we need to live a life of holiness, and reach out to fulfil His Father’s expectations [2 Peter 1:3].