We should not neglect the privilege God has given us to fellowship with Him through the study of His word! From the beginning of time, God has expressed the importance of knowing & obeying His word to His people. The lessons that He taught Israel in this passage are still applicable today!
1. Submit to the word of God.
Deut. 4:1-6 “Now therefore hearken, O Israel, unto the statutes and unto the judgments, which I teach you, for to do them, that ye may live, and go in and possess the land which the LORD God of your fathers giveth you.”
2. Do not change the word of God!
“Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.”
3. Suffer the consequences of disobedience to the word of God!
“Your eyes have seen what the LORD did because of Baalpeor: for all the men that followed Baalpeor, the LORD thy God hath destroyed them from among you.”
4. Experience the blessings of obedience to the word of God.
“But ye that did cleave unto the LORD your God are alive every one of you this day. Behold, I have taught you statutes and judgments, even as the LORD my God commanded me, that ye should do so in the land whither ye go to possess it.”
5. Shew to the nations the difference the word of God makes for people devoted to it’s author.
“Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.”
LESSON - The Lord has made it obvious time and again to His people that the word of God is our source of life and the key to our spiritual health and strength.
1. It is our protection!
V9 “Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life:”
2. It also protects our future
“but teach them thy sons, and thy sons' sons;”
What if every generation following you were to model themselves after your personal walk with Christ? Would Christianity flourish or be diminished? The word of God is key to you becoming the man or woman God desires for you to be, you and every generation which follows after you! Allow God’s word to transform you into the image of Jesus Christ. Don’t attempt to conform the Bible to fit the life you desire to live!