WHAT A LIFE CHANGING QUESTION.
What is the answer?
Moses gives three answers to this question. In each answer he states the requirements, but also the reason and motivation behind these requirements. THE MOTIVATION is WHO GOD IS.
In other words, we do what we do because of WHO GOD IS and what HE HAS DONE.
What God requires – vv. 12b-15
LIVE AS GOD’S PEOPLE
- Fear the Lord
- Walk in all His ways
- Love Him
- Serve the Lord with all your heart and soul
- Keep the commandments and statutes…for your good.
One’s attitude – Fear and love
One’s actions – Walk, Serve, Keep
To live as God’s people is to live faithful, not perfect.
Why….Because of WHO GOD IS – v. 14
Heaven and Earth belong to God
- And all that is in it
He is the Sovereign Ruler and the Great Shepherd of His people
- GRACE AND POWER
How this should impact our life – v. 15
We live our life differently – Understanding the Rule and Care of the Lord – We are His special people to live for His Glory.
- His Grace and Love
HIS PEOPLE (Israel/Church) ARE CHOSEN TO LIVE FOR HIS GLORY! When I live the changed life… I AM LIVING FOR HIS GLORY.
What God requires – vv. 16-19
OPEN UP YOUR HEART
- Circumcise the heart
- Stop stiffening the neck (stubborn) – v. 16
When our heart is right, then it is open/soft to the things of God.
- No longer living a stubborn life… resistant to the things of God (His will and ways)
Why ….Because of WHO GOD IS . 17
God of gods and Lord of lords
- Great, Mighty, Awesome, Just (Not partial and takes no bride)
OUR MASTER, RULER, LORD OF OUR LIFE
- His authority, His kingship
How this should impact our life– vv. 18-19
With a changed heart – We Recognize Who God is – We realize what He will do. (We can trust Him)
Create in me a clean heart – Psalm 51:1-12
- To the Fatherless and Widow
Love and Provides
- To the sojourner
What God Requires – vv. 20-22
TRULY WORSHIP HIM
- Serve Him
- Hold Fast to Him
- By His name you shall swear
HIM, HIM, HIM
Serve Him with gladness – Psalm 100:2
As He supplies – 1 Peter 4:11
Why….Because of WHO GOD IS – v. 21
He is our praise
- Has done these great things
How this should impact our life – vv. 22
He will continue to do…
- He keeps His promises…Israel in Egypt.
He is worthy because of who He is and what He has done.
- Covenant Keeping God
- Provided a means of redemption for His people