Be careful to do just as the Lord says

Deuteronomy Bible Background

03.08.2018 – Old Testament: Deu 5.32–33

To read the Bible in a year, read Deuteronomy 5–7 on March 8, In the year of our Lord 2018

By Don Ruhl

The Lord commanded Israel to do certain things because He wanted them to do those things and in the way that He said to do them. That may sound redundant, but I have to emphasize it because many people think that doing as the Lord has commanded is not that critical, and most people believe that Jesus condemned the Pharisees because of their supposed strict adherence to God’s command. Read what Moses told Israel and then you decide whether it was important to do as the Lord commanded. Do you think the Lord condemned the Pharisees for doing what this passage said?

“Therefore you shall be careful to do as the LORD your God has commanded you; you shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left. You shall walk in all the ways which the LORD your God has commanded you, that you may live and that it may be well with you, and that you may prolong your days in the land which you shall possess” (Deuteronomy 5.32–33).

The Lord made Himself clear that He expected exact obedience from the Israelites. Therefore, the Pharisees were not guilty of doing what the Lord said, but rather that He condemned them because they did not obey the Law.


  • Does Jesus tolerate less care in keeping His commandments?
  • Do you try to do as the Lord has commanded?

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