“Cling to Him”
It is amazing how many different times and how many different ways the Lord told His people to love Him…
With all their heart.
With all their soul.
With all their mind.
With all their strength.
Note the warning and instruction…
“If a prophet or a dreamer of dreams arises among you and gives you a sign or a wonder,
and the sign or the wonder comes true, concerning which he spoke to you, saying,
‘Let us go after other gods (whom you have not known) and let us serve them,’
you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams;
for the LORD your God is testing you to find out if you love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
“You shall follow the LORD your God and fear Him; and you shall keep His commandments, listen to His voice, serve Him, and cling to Him.
The Lord would test them as to whether they loved Him.
In this example, it would be through a prophet/dreamer of dreams.
The prophet would speak.
He would provide a sign or wonder to verify his word.
If the word was to pursue other gods, then they would know that the Lord was testing.
The word of the prophet was incorrect, even if it had attesting signs and wonders.
Remember, these gods were/are real.
They are not fake.
They are not fiction.
They are not myth.
They are divine beings who have rebelled against the Most High God.
These gods would have prophets.
They would have signs and wonders.
Yet, they are not the Most High God.
They will seek to lead man to worship and serve them.
The Lord reiterates again…
Follow the Lord your God.
Fear the Lord.
Keep His commandments.
Listen to His voice.
Cling to Him.
Cling to Him?
That is “new”.
Do we cling to Him?
“Be Careful to Do”
The book of Deuteronomy is the “second giving of the law”.
Moses was restating the Law for the second generation of Israelites that were about to enter the Promised Land.
The first generation had died due to lack of faith and obedience.
The Lord had told the current generation to love Him with all their hearts, mind, soul and strength.
He had told them the choice between blessings and curses.
He now says this…
“It shall come about, when the LORD your God brings you into the land where you are entering to possess it, that you shall place the blessing on Mount Gerizim and the curse on Mount Ebal.
“Are they not across the Jordan, west of the way toward the sunset, in the land of the Canaanites who live in the Arabah, opposite Gilgal, beside the oaks of Moreh?
“For you are about to cross the Jordan to go in to possess the land which the LORD your God is giving you, and you shall possess it and live in it,
and you shall be careful to do all the statutes and the judgments which I am setting before you today.
The Lord told them about two mountains - Gerizim and Ebal.
God told them where they were located.
They were to do something there.
From Gerizim they would “place” blessing.
From Ebal they would “place” curse.
(We see the actual account in Joshua 8:33)
The Lord tells them what was to occur.
They would cross the Jordan (the account shows that God piled up the water for them to cross on dry land!)
They would possess the land that the Lord was giving them.
They would live in it.
They were to be careful to do all the statutes and judgments of the Lord.
How about us?
Do we truly possess what the Lord has for us?
Are we carefully obeying and abiding?
“Blessing or Curse”
We continue through Deu 11…remember, landed there while looking at the “love of God”.
Watch as the Lord draws some conclusion…
“See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse:
if you listen to the commandments of the LORD your God,
which I am commanding you today;
and the curse,
if you do not listen to the commandments of the LORD your God,
but turn aside from the way which I am commanding you today,
by following other gods which you have not known.
The Lord was setting options before them.
He gave them a choice.
They could choose.
They would receive blessings if they listen to the commandments of the Lord… if they obeyed.
They would receive curses if they did not listen to the commandments of the Lord.
Notice “how” they did not listen.
They followed “other gods”.
“Gods” they had not known.
These gods are real.
They are not mythology.
They are not fiction.
They are not what we paint them today…”idols” related to stuff.
They are divine beings.
They are supernatural beings in the unseen realm.
These gods are “elohim” that had been assigned by the Most High God to rule over rebellious mankind and his nation. (Deu 32:8-9)
When the Most High gave to the nations their inheritance,
when he divided mankind,
he fixed the borders of the peoples
according to the number of the sons of God.
But the LORD’s portion is his people,
Jacob his allotted heritage.
These gods are a part of God’s Divine Council (Psalm 82) who rebelled against God.
Israel was being tempted to follow them.
The Lord said to follow them would bring curse.
These gods are still here today.
“The Lord Will Lay…”
If the people of the Lord obeyed Him, then some things would happen.
We have covered the first two verses below.
Read them all…
“For if you are careful to keep all this commandment which I am commanding you to do,
to love the LORD your God,
to walk in all His ways and
hold fast to Him,
then the LORD will drive out all these nations from before you,
and you will dispossess nations greater and mightier than you.
“Every place on which the sole of your foot treads shall be yours; your border will be from the wilderness to Lebanon, and from the river, the river Euphrates, as far as the western sea.
“No man will be able to stand before you; the LORD your God will lay the dread of you and the fear of you on all the land on which you set foot, as He has spoken to you.
The Lord would drive out nations before them.
The Lord would dispossess greater and mightier nations before them.
Every place the sole of their foot treaded would be theirs.
The Lord then tells them their geography.
The Land the Lord gave to Israel is clearly delineated in several places in the Word.
No man would be able to stand before them.
The Lord would lay the dread of them on other people.
Fear of them would be upon other people.
The same principles applies to Believers today.
If we walk in His way…
If we love Him….
If we abide/hold fast to Him…
Then, He will grant unto us that which He desires.