A CALL TO OBEDIENCE
- Moses challenges the nation to obedience.
- Moses challenges Israel to learn from the example of Baal-Peor.
Deut.4:1-8 “Now, O Israel, listen to the statutes and the judgments which I teach you to observe, that you may live, and go in and possess the land which Yahweh Elohim of your fathers is giving you. You shall not add to the word which I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of Yahweh your Elohim which I command you. Your eyes have seen what Yahweh did at Baal Peor; for Yahweh your Elohim has destroyed from among you all the men who followed Baal of Peor. But you who held fast to Yahweh your Elohim are alive today, every one of you. Surely I have taught you statutes and judgments, just as Yahweh my Elohim commanded me, that you should act according to them in the land which you go to possess. Therefore be careful to observe them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples who will hear all these statutes, and say, ‘Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.’ For what great nation is there that has Elohim so near to it, as Yahweh our Elohim is to us, for whatever reason we may call upon Him? And what great nation is there that has such statutes and righteous judgments as are in all this law which I set before you this day?”
- Now, O Israel, listen: Moses had reminded Israel of their many rebellions against Elohim in the wilderness.
- He wanted them to think about their need for present obedience in light of their past rebellions.
- One of Satan’s great strategies is to make us remember what we should forget, and forget what we should remember.
- If we don’t remember our past sins and rebellions against Elohim, we can easily repeat them.
1Cor 10:12 Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.
- Physical life and death depended on their obedience.
- Israel’s first military loss in the Promised Land.
- We are not to add to Yah’s word.
- In the sense of making the traditions and opinions of men equal to the law of Elohim.(The oral law)
- Nor are we to take away from it.
- By bad teaching or explaining away passages.
Rev. 22:18-19 For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, Elohim will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, Elohim shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
- Your eyes have seen what Yahweh did at Baal Peor.
- At Baal Peor, Israel sinned by committing both sexual and spiritual immorality with the women of Moab.
- Moses warned the people of Israel that if they rejected Elohim now as they did back then, the result would be the same. Many would die in the judgment of Yahweh.
- Elohim’s intention was that through Israel’s obedience to the covenant, He would exalt them among the nations and make them a witness.
- And teach them to your children and your grandchildren, “especially concerning the day you stood before Yahweh your Elohim in Horeb.
- Israel also was forbidden to worship the creation of Elohim.
- Yahweh has taken you and brought you out of the iron furnace.
- Moses challenges Israel to learn from the example of his own failure.
- For Yahweh your Elohim is a consuming fire, a jealous Elohim.
- It was for the sake of Israel that Elohim disciplined Moses, not allowing him to enter the Promised Land.
- Make a carved image in the form of anything.
- Yahweh will scatter you among the peoples, and you will be left few in number among the nations where Yahweh will drive you.
- And there you will serve Elohims, the work of men’s hands, wood and stone, which neither see nor hear nor eat nor smell.
Deut.4:29-31 “But from there you will seek Yahweh your Elohim, and you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul. When you are in distress, and all these things come upon you in the latter days, when you turn to Yahweh your Elohim and obey His voice (for Yahweh your Elohim is a merciful Elohim), He will not forsake you nor destroy you, nor forget the covenant of your fathers which He swore to them.”
- Elohim would not totally abandon Israel in exile.
- When they were ready to turn back to Yahweh, He would be ready to receive them.
- When you turn to Yahweh your Elohim and obey His voice: This shows that when we seek Elohim with all our heart and all our soul, it will show itself in obedience.