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)

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