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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

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Moses now reaches his conclusion. This is the end of his third and final speech. More than once he summarizes his advice and God’s commandments by saying, “I command you today to love the Lord your God,” and He repeats, “that you may love the Lord your God.” Love is recognized as the great commandment. Leviticus, and even much of Deuteronomy, to a lesser extent, both deal with what might seem as small regulations for worship. But all the rules are built on love in some way.

The Old Testament system was always a spiritual system, and it placed the very heart of religion in love to God. Sadly, people concentrated on the “system” and not on the God to which the system pointed. When Paul proclaimed that “love is the fulfilling of the law,” he was only repeating the teaching of this chapter. At the very core, love expresses itself when you and I “walk in His ways” and “obey His voice.” Obedience to God’s guidelines for living is the result and test of true love.

Finally, the possession of God’s law is a blessing, because it is an authoritative voice that ends humanity’s weary search for some reliable guide to orderly living. We need neither try to climb up to heaven, nor to traverse the wide world and cross the ocean to find assurance and enlightenment enough for our needs. Many make a mistake when they consider God’s commandments as being a burden; they are merciful guideposts.

John Ash
Chinese Union Mission
Hong Kong