-This is a pinnacle chapter in the exhortation by God through Moses to the sons of Israel, with significance for all of us, right before they go in to possess the land sworn to them by the LORD (Deuteronomy 6:10). This passage is often referred to as the Shema (Hebrew for “hear”). But hearing was not the only thing these children were supposed to do. It is very clear from the text that they were “to do” all that the LORD commanded here in this book (Deuteronomy 6:1-3, 18, 24-25). Their LORD God was One (denoting complete unity in the Trinity), and was to be loved exclusively above everything else (Deuteronomy 6:4-5). These statutes and judgments were designed to be on their “heart” and taught “diligently” to the next generation in all of life’s course (Deuteronomy 6:5-9).
-God makes His point by relating to them they it is He who rescued them from slavery in Egypt when they had no hope, and it is only by His grace that they will accomplish the fantastic things that they are about to accomplish. He is their Provider and Sustainer. They will have “great and splendid cities which you did not build,” “houses full of all good things which you did not fill,” “hewn cisterns (water supply) which you did not dig,” “vineyards and olive trees which you did not plant.” They are guaranteed to “eat” and be “satisfied (Deuteronomy 6:10-12).” They were taught to fear only the LORD their God worshipping and swearing only by His Name and none other. Following other gods from the people that surrounded them would shorten their stay in the land for “the LORD your God in the midst of you is a jealous God.” They were guaranteed the opposite if they disobeyed….they would be wiped off the face of the earth by the LORD (Deuteronomy 6:13-15). They were not to test Him, as they did at Massah (Exodus 17:1-7), but diligently keep His commandments, testimonies, and statutes. They were to do what was “right and good” in the sight of the LORD, their covenant God, so that it would go well for them in the land that their King had given them out of His kindness (Deuteronomy 6:16-18). They were to be purposeful in driving out all their enemies from before them as the LORD had spoken (Deuteronomy 6:19). Reason? God foresaw the temptation and debauchery that these wicked people would bring upon the sons of Israel through the times of the judges, kings, exile, and even unto our modern tense situation in the Middle East.
-Then, God anticipated the questions from generations to come in this chapter dedicated to the preservation of their culture and Godly heritage. When the sons would ask what these testimonies, statutes, and judgments mean which the LORD commanded them, they were to relate to them the exodus journey in which the LORD delivered them from Egypt with His mighty Hand showing “great and distressing signs and wonders” before their eyes against their captors. God brought them “out from there” in order to bring them “in,” to give them the land which He has sworn to their fathers in previous generations. So, for their “survival” and their “good always,” God ordained His righteous regulations expecting complete obedience (Deuteronomy 6:20-25).
-*Application* Pouring into the next generation is an honor and a privilege as we can see from this chapter. Leaving a Godly legacy is the greatest contribution you can make to the future of society and culture. Our lives will quickly pass, and only what we give to the future becomes paramount. Live for God while on this earth. Don’t be filled by greed or self-absorption that leaves no gift for the children and their children. Be responsible and do what is right in the sight of God for those who are coming after you. God will bless your efforts when you take that approach.
Verses to Memorize: Deuteronomy 6:4-9