The Greatest Commandment

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This chapter of Deuteronomy provides the central theme of Deuteronomy. It sets a pattern that helps us relate the Word of God to our daily lives. (vv. 1-5). Furthermore, Moses explains that the key to teaching your children to love God and to follow Him is that you must make God a part of your everyday experience. You must teach your children diligently to see God in all aspects of life, not just those that are church related.

How we live is important because it backs up what we say (vv. 6-9). Moses admonished parents to discuss God’s Word in the home, among their children, and to allow the Word to guide them throughout the day. The Jews took these commandments literally and wore portions of Scripture in containers called phylacteries on their forehead and arm (Matt. 23:5).

Having reminded the Israelites of the Ten Commandments he turns to the details of the law which they did not hear because they were afraid of the voice of God. The law was given so that the people could express their reverence for and obedience to the Lord. By fearing and obeying Him they would find prosperity and a long life in their new land. Moses warns the people not to forget God when they enter the Promised Land and become prosperous (v.v. 10-13). There is a big danger in prosperity, because when a person prospers he tends to forget God (Proverbs 30:7-9). Prosperity more than poverty tends to dull our spiritual vision.


I need to be careful when I try to give myself credit for success. It is only by the grace of God that all of our children are walking with the Lord and serving Him as missionaries. To God be the glory!

Deuteronomy 6:1-11 (English Standard Version)

"Now this is the commandment, the statutes and the rules that the LORD your God commanded me to teach you, that you may do them in the land to which you are going over, to possess it, that you may fear the LORD your God, you and your son and your son's son, by keeping all his statutes and his commandments, which I command you, all the days of your life, and that your days may be long. Hear therefore, O Israel, and be careful to do them, that it may go well with you, and that you may multiply greatly, as the LORD, the God of your fathers, has promised you, in a land flowing with milk and honey. "Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. "And when the LORD your God brings you into the land that he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give you--with great and good cities that you did not build, and houses full of all good things that you did not fill, and cisterns that you did not dig, and vineyards and olive trees that you did not plant--and when you eat and are full...."

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