This week we study the heart of the covenant, the greatest commandment in all the Bible. In Deuteronomy chapter 6, Moses instructs Israel in what it means to love God and be devoted to him alone. And he commands that they be diligent to teach the generations after them the character, redemption and commandments of the Lord.
As Moses continues preaching to Israel, he recounts to them the covenant God made with them at Sinai. Central to this covenant are the 10 commandments. The glory and goodness of these laws known as the 10 commandments are timeless and universally applicable for every time period and every culture. And as we will see, it was a gracious act of God to give Israel the 10 commandments and it is a gracious gift to us as well.
To be human is to be a worshipper. You were created and designed as a worshipper. As a worshipper, you will either worship the one true and living God or you will worship something else. When we worship God we show him to be as He is, supremely valuable. And when we worship anything other than the Lord, it is idolatry. Last week, we read as Moses exhorted the Israelites to fear the Lord only. Moses continues a similar message in our text this morning and says the Lord alone is worthy of our worship.
The Bible does not tells us to eliminate fear from our lives. Rather, the Bible repeatedly commands us to fear not our enemies but the Lord. Jesus in his ministry will say, “do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell” Matthew 10:28. We need a biblical understanding of fear. The only rightful recipient of our fear is the Lord. It is by fear of the Lord that we are able to live obedient lives.
This morning we begin a new sermon series in the book of Deuteronomy. Deuteronomy is considered the heart of the Old Testament and is frequently on the lips of Jesus in the New Testament. Far from being irrelevant for the modern church, Deuteronomy reveals the foundation of the relationship between God and his people and calls believers today to walk in faithfulness and obedience to the Lord.