I love how God parents us! With each passing year, we draw closer to becoming orphans. Yet God reminds us in His word that He remains a faithful Father, guiding us through life while helping us make our homes an ark of safety for our future generations. Notice the lessons He teaches us within this chapter:
1. Reverence for God and His word leads to a long blessed life!
Deut. 6:2 “That thou mightest fear the LORD thy God, to keep all his statutes and his commandments, which I command thee, thou, and thy son, and thy son's son, all the days of thy life; and that thy days may be prolonged.”
2. Obedience motivated by love leads to changed hearts and lives!
V3-6 “Hear therefore no, O Israel, and observe to do it; that it may be well with thee, and that ye may increase mightily, as the LORD God of thy fathers hath promised thee, in the land that floweth with milk and honey. Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:”
3. Beware of apathy lest you forget God’s goodness!
V12 “Then beware lest thou forget the LORD, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.”
4. Strive constantly towards the goal of complete spiritual victory in life!
V18-19 “And thou shalt do that which is right and good in the sight of the LORD: that it may be well with thee, and that thou mayest go in and possess the good land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, To cast out all thine enemies from before thee, as the LORD hath spoken.”
5. Pass on the wisdom of God that you’ve gained to your children as a spiritual inheritance!
V21 “Then thou shalt say unto thy son, We were Pharaoh's bondmen in Egypt; and the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand”
LESSON - God doesn’t want us to merely be rule followers. The Jews were overly obsessed with moral superiority which God detested (Research phylacteries in Mt. 23:5). Instead, He desires for us to follow Him like toddlers, trusting that His ways are best and His motives are pure. The lessons we learn from the journey are invaluable to future generations.