Give Me Your Heart: the Message of Deuteronomy

January 6, 2013

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Summary

God’s Law for Israel was never intended to be rote obedience or even a way to earn favor with God. Obedience was always meant to be an overflow of a heart of love for God. This is why Jesus summarized the Law as loving God supremely and loving others selflessly (Matt 22:38). We must avoid the same sinful extremes as Moses warned the Israelites: attempting to work our way into God’s favor by our performance and claiming we love God but not obeying him. God calls us to both love and obedience.

Bible References

  • Deuteronomy 6:1 - 9

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