Deuteronomy 10:12-13 - Renewed Exhortations To Obedience.
The supreme requirement.
With this Moses began ( Deuteronomy 6:4 ), and with this he ends. The sum of the Law, and the sum of all his exhortations. It all and always comes back to this ( Ecclesiastes 12:13 ): "What doth the Lord require of thee?" etc. We have here:
1. The central requirement.
2. The all-embracing requirement.
3. The indispensable requirement; that for which nothing else can be accepted as a substitute.
4. The requirement of kindness— "for thy good."
5. A reasonable requirement. This love and obedience were due from Israel for God's mercies to them. As in the gospel, grace precedes, obedience follows. Saved by grace, we are to make such return as is possible by loving and fearing God, and diligently keeping his commands ( Luke 7:47 ; Romans 6:13 ; Romans 7:6 ; Ephesians 2:8-11 ).—J.O.
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