Commandments and Following

Deuteronomy 4:3–9; Mark 12:28–34 (read online ⧉)

Imagine walking around and loudly announcing that ALL of ’s commandments are righteous. How long before people would denounce you and unfri you? Even those who might believe similarly to you might distance themselves.

This part of Moses’ to the Israelites is definitely part of a “ra-ra” kind of . Our is great! Only our is ually with us! Only our listens to us! Only our s us righteous rules to follow!
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It’s not that has d, and really not that this was inted to be a ra-ra . Moses was indeed trying to invigorate the people before he died. Moses wanted to make sure they started out well. From a cultural perspective, the Israelites were going into another god’s domain. Culturally that would mean they are the weaker party…and they are entering for battle. Moses was telling them that was with them regardless of country (many of the gods were territory based). was saying, I am with you.

Perhaps not quite the same as Moses’ , talked about the Great Commandments. The reality is, though, that we the Lord our because of the very pieces that are part of this ra-ra . The righteous statues are part of the Second Great Commandment.


Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, , unchanging and ever loving, we thank you for the Great Commandments that lead us into the t of who you are. Amen.


1) How does the triumphal pieces of Moses’ guide you in regards to the Great Commandments?
2) In what ways do you think the Old Testament laws apply to today, and in what ways do you think they don’t?
3) What is important about Deuteronomy 4:9, and how does that apply to today?

Pastor Ian

By Pastor Ian

Ian is an ordained Elder in The Church of the Nazarene, and is currently serving as the Online Campus Pastor at Generations Community Church in Marysville, WA, USA.