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“The Greatest Commandment”

The 10 Commandments Part 11 of 10 9/16/18 Deuteronomy 6:1-9

We wrap up this series with some reminders of the purposes of these ten commandments, written by the finger of God.

They are an authoritative guide to bring proper focus to life.

They are a path to fulfill our purpose in life.

They are the way to literally live successfully in God’s eyes because God ties blessings to living lives according to and instep with His commandments. They are a tutor to lead us to Christ.

That’s what they are, and if they are all of those things, then they require an ‘all in’ response from us. Because in this greatest summary command, it’s a call from God for us to be all in – to love God with all our heart, all our soul and all our might.

And how do we know that? One way is to know the alternative.

God makes clear that there are also dire consequences for failing to live by them. God gives very specific warnings for turning our backs on the commands. This is where we should be saying, “Failure is not an option”, specifically because we know what the consequences are.

But there is such an acceptable buzz to always heed the warnings of The Weather Channel but we seem to no longer want to even hear about the warnings from God (from His Scriptures). Often we don’t even want to hear that God did in fact, give warnings. But He did. With most of the positive exhortations, there comes the negative or the warnings of disobeying. Read Deuteronomy chapter 7.

Why would you suppose that the Bible does not solely include positive stories and the positive aspects of His commands? i.e. Why were very specific warnings always included alongside the positive command, along with a healthy amount of examples of disobedience?

Why do we prefer not to hear about the warnings?

Do we believe God follows through on the warnings? Do we believe God follows through on the blessings He promises?

If we believe these things, what can it mean then in our lives to be, “all in” in our lives with God?

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