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Building a Legacy


Deuteronomy 6:1-15
Bible Studies for Life, May 6


This chapter begins by the Lord sending instructions, through Moses, to Israel. These instructions would establish a relationship with the Lord and help establish generations to follow. While these instructions were given to Israel, they can certainly be applied today.


Instructions from the Lord

Moses begins by telling Israel that all of the promises and blessings from the Lord begin by our adhering to God’s instructions.

This begins by our adhering to the precepts of the Lord, which covers three areas of instructions.

First, we must obey His commandments given to guide our behavior. These rules do not save us, but make us aware of sin and what is right in the sight of God. While we are no longer under the power or penalty of the law (Rom. 7:1-6), the purpose of the law still is in effect (Rom. 7:7-14).

Secondly, Moses speaks of the statutes of the Lord given to us for our protection and to keep us from activities that are not only a sin, but are harmful. We must remember that the affects of the sin are long-lasting.

Thirdly, Moses speaks of the judgments of the Lord. These are the determinations of the Lord as to the cost of our sins when we willfully disobey him(Heb. 10:25, 26; I Cor. 11:28-32). This is a true manifestation of the love of God to us as He, in His wisdom, knows the consequences of our sins, so He warns of the penalties to help us stay away from sin.

Moses concludes verse 1 by speaking of the performance for the Lord as He instructs Israel to do these things God has commanded in the land God has placed them. God’s blessings are always associated with our faithfulness to His Word!

In verse 2 we see the perpetuality of the Lord’s instructions that continues His provisions, protection, and promises to the succeeding generations faithful to His Word. Moses said, “All the days of our lives. The greatest heritage you can give your family is not the material things in this life, but a heritage of faith in the Lord’s Word!

In verse 3b Moses reminds the Israelites of the promises of God, to their fathers before them, that they are now about to receive, thus showing them the faithfulness of God’s promises. These instructions require the example of Godliness and not just teachings about godliness.

In verse 4, Moses speaks to them about the personage of the Lord! He reminds Israel that they need to remember that the “Lord our God, is one Lord” so that they would not be drawn away by the false gods in the land they had come to possess. Do we love God as much as we love the things He has given us?

In verse 5, we see our passion for the Lord as the true motive for serving the Lord in that we love Him with all of our heart. If we love Him this way, we will have no problem serving Him!

In verse 6, we see the place of the Lord’s instructions that is in our heart. Remember, the Psalmist said, “Thy words have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against thee” In order to be able to fulfill this we must have Jesus in our heart.


Instructions for the Lord - Deuteronomy 6:7

We first see in verse 7a the persistence and passion in teaching the Lord’s instructions. He said to teach them diligently, which means a steady, earnest, and energetic effort. There must be a consistent teaching of the things of the Lord for there to be a lasting effect.

In verse 7b, we see the place for teaching the Lord’s instructions begins in the home. Moses instructs the parents to teach them before bedtime, at the beginning of the day, when they were sitting in their house, and when they were traveling down the road. The TV and Internet are not the sources for teaching our children right and wrong; God’s Word is.

In verse 8 and 9, we find the priority of the Lord’s instructions to our children. Moses says to place the scriptures on their hands, as frontlets between their eyes, and on the posts, entrances and exits of the house. The implication is that whatever we put our hands and minds to do and wherever we go, our actions and decisions should be guided by the Words of the Lord.

In verse 10 and 11, we find the provisions from the Lord’s instructions as Moses tells the people of the great blessings that come from their obedience to the Lord. These blessings did not come from their works, but from the Lord because of their obedience. Note in verse 10 and 11 the words “thou buildest not,” “thou fillest not,” “thou diggest not” and “plantest not.”

To God be the glory, for great things he has done. Remember that “to obey is better than sacrifice” (I Sam. 15:23b). Study Ephesians 6:1-4 in relationship with this study.


The indictment from the Lord - Deuteronomy 6:12

Here, Israel is warned not to forget the blessings of the Lord but remember the Lord delivered them from Egypt, brought them to the promise Land, and provided for them along the way! He also warned them about losing their fear of the Lord and of going after other gods (v. 13-14).

How easy it is to forget all that God has done when we seem to be safe and need nothing. In verse 15a, he reminds Israel that God is a jealous God among them. God is not remote from us, but in our midst.

Could it be that when we ask God for His blessings our real intent is materialism and a false security and not the true spiritual blessings of the Lord? Let us build a legacy for our Lord!