How a nation grows and lasts long

Deuteronomy Bible Background

03.08.2019 – Old Testament: Deu 6.1–3

To read the Bible in a year, read Deuteronomy 5–7 on March 8, In the year of our Lord Christ 2019

By Don Ruhl

When you read the Old Testament you discover that what the Lord told Israel, He also, to some degree, expected of the other nations of the earth:

“Now this is the commandment, and these are the statutes and judgments which the LORD your God has commanded to teach you, that you may observe them in the land which you are crossing over to possess, that you may fear the LORD your God, to keep all His statutes and His commandments which I command you, you and your son and your grandson, all the days of your life, and that your days may be prolonged. Therefore hear, O Israel, and be careful to observe it, that it may be well with you, and that you may multiply greatly as the LORD God of your fathers has promised you—‘a land flowing with milk and honey’” (Deuteronomy 6.1–3).

While the Lord did not give the nations the Law of Moses, He did expect them to do what is right and to avoid evil. When they failed, He removed them from His sight. I see nowhere in the Scriptures where He has ceased to operate in that way.

Therefore, take what He said to Israel and apply the general idea to yourself as a Christian, that you will follow the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ in order that you might be salt and light for your nation.


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