Week #3 Deuteronomy 10:12-15
Verse to memorize
“Look, the heavens, even the highest heavens, belong to the LORD, your God, as well as the earth and everything on it.”
Now, therefore, Israel, what does the LORD, your God, ask of you but to fear the LORD, your God, to follow in all His ways, to love and serve the LORD, your God, with your whole heart and with your whole being, to keep the commandments and statutes of the LORD that I am commanding you today for your own well-being? Look, the heavens, even the highest heavens, belong to the LORD, your God, as well as the earth and everything on it. Yet only on your ancestors did the LORD set His heart to love them. He chose you, their descendants, from all the peoples, as it is today.
1. Deuteronomy is the fifth and last book of what the Jews call Torah (Instruction) and Christians call the Pentateuch (Greek for Five Books). In it Moses gives a series of sermons to the Israelites on the eve of their entry into the land of Canaan, which will become the nation of Israel. He is reminding them of their past history with God (whose most holy name is Yahweh) and urging them to remain faithful to Him. This happened about 1200 years before Christ. What does Moses say God asks of the Israelites? A: To fear God, to follow in His ways, to love Him with our whole heart and being and to keep the commandments. Q: What does God the Father (and God the Son, Jesus) ask of us today? A: The same thing
2.) Fear of the Lord God is one of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit in the Bible. Q: What is Fear of the Lord? Does God want us to fear Him? A: yes and no. Fear of the LORD in the Hebrew Bible is translated “awe” of God, the great respect due to the creator of the world, because He is “awesome”. But God is not only the Creator, He is also the Just Judge of each of us after our deaths. He does want us to fear His just punishments. But first and foremost, we are made to love and serve Him in this world and to be happy with Him in eternal life, which we call “heaven”.
3.) According to the Bible, to whom do the heavens and the earth belong? A: To God. We just have “dominion” over them.
4.) What can you and your family do to help take care of God’s earth?
Courtesy of The Bible Project