While at its most basic form you could possibly sum up the whole Bible in two words…
Reference: v.17 You have declared this day that the Lord is your God and that you will walk in his ways, that you will keep his decrees, commands and laws, and that you will obey him. (NIV Bible)
Explore: The other night at our small group study we were looking at the Old Testament book Ecclesiastes. Although this book takes on a very different tone to all other books in the Bible it seemed to come to the same conclusion: obey God. One of the guys in my group said, 'If everything in the Bible was only said once, it would be a rather thin book.' It is amazing that although many different writers wrote the Bible and its time frame spans thousands of years, there is still the same theme through all of its content.
Application: While at its most basic form you could possibly sum up the whole Bible in two words: Obey God. I am not suggesting that we do away with scripture but more so notice how important these two words are. God used many people and many situations to emphasise this point and we must not miss it's importance. Whilst the end of Deuteronomy seems to be filled with many religious regulations the crux of its teaching is that we need to obey God. It's as simple and as difficult as that. Its simple in that we can easily understand these two words, its difficult in that if we are to put those two words in to action it often means we need to change our lifestyle to surrender ourselves completely to Him.
Prayer: Lord, you have shown us time and time again that you are a faithful God who loves us and knows what is best for us. Forgive us Jesus when we turn away from You. Amen.
What do the two words 'obey God' mean to you?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.