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(ESV): And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.
(ESV): And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.
Deuteronomy 6:6 ESV
And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.
Deuteronomy - A Call to Adoration

Recap of Pentateuch to this point

Deuteronomy: A Call to Adoration

A Call to Adoration

(ESV): And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.

Introduction

Remember who you are, and remember who God is

● Genesis - created with a purpose, and communicated through covenant which is His promise to fulfill His purpose by His power for and through His people.
Deuteronomy 6:6 ESV
And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.

Recap of Pentateuch to this point

Introduction

Introduction

● Exodus - delivered to be the people of God
Recap of Pentateuch to this point
Recap of Pentateuch to this pointGenesis - created with a purpose, and communicated through covenant which is His promise to fulfill His purpose by His power for and through His people.Exodus - delivered to be the people of GodLeviticus - given patterns and practices for the formation of a life of worshipNumbers - shown that holiness has to be walked outAfter all of that, sometimes we need a reminder—a bit of a reorientation. Deuteronomy, in part, serves as that reminder for the children of Israel.They are about to enter the Promised LandNeed not only reminder but reorientation of who God is calling them to be as well as who He has promised to beHopefully, it will serve as a reminder in our lives as well. Roadmap for today:Remember. Remember who you are, and remember who God isRespond. Consequently, love Him with everything!
● Leviticus - given patterns and practices for the formation of a life of worship
● Genesis - created with a purpose, and communicated through covenant which is His promise to fulfill His purpose by His power for and through His people.
## Remember who you are, and remember who God is
● Exodus - delivered to be the people of God
* Genesis - created with a purpose, and communicated through covenant which is His promise to fulfill His purpose by His power for and through His people.
● Numbers - shown that holiness has to be walked out
Remember who you are, and remember who God is

You are who you are and you are where you are because of God's grace

● Leviticus - given patterns and practices for the formation of a life of worship
* Exodus - delivered to be the people of God

After all of that, sometimes we need a reminder

You are who you are and you are where you are because of God's graceIt is a very normal human tendency to imagine that one deserves to be in a good place"I deserve the good but not the bad”“I earned this", and maybe even “They deserved that”God in Deuteronomy explicitly tells the children of Israel otherwise, and we see a consistent truth applied to ourselves as wellYou're not who and where you are because of anything intrinsic to youIsrael, it's not because of your significance
(ESV): It was not because you were more in number than any other people that the LORD set his love on you and chose you, for you were the fewest of all peoples,
* Leviticus - given patterns and practices for the formation of a life of worship
● Numbers - shown that holiness has to be walked out
● a bit of a reorientation. Deuteronomy, in part, serves as that reminder for the children of Israel.
* Numbers - shown that holiness has to be walked out
appeals to significance can be overt or secretive(look how big, strong, smart)stress over perceived insignificanceRelative significance is not the basis of God’s covenant faithfulness to His peopleFor the Israelites, they weren't the biggest and strongest, they were the smallest and weakestGiven the evidence of , if we are among the chosen, we might suspect we belonged to a different class than the significant
● They are about to enter the Promised Land

After all of that, sometimes we need a reminder

(ESV): But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong;
● a bit of a reorientation. Deuteronomy, in part, serves as that reminder for the children of Israel.
● Need not only reminder but reorientation of who God is calling them to be as well as who He has promised to be
After all of that, sometimes we need a reminder
* a bit of a reorientation. Deuteronomy, in part, serves as that reminder for the children of Israel.

Hopefully, it will serve as a reminder in our lives as well. Roadmap for today:

● They are about to enter the Promised Land
Our relative significance is not the basis of God's love for usIsrael, it's not because of your righteousness (c.f. )
● Need not only reminder but reorientation of who God is calling them to be as well as who He has promised to be
● Remember. Remember who you are, and remember who God is
(ESV): Not because of your righteousness or the uprightness of your heart are you going in to possess their land
* They are about to enter the Promised Land

Hopefully, it will serve as a reminder in our lives as well. Roadmap for today:

● Respond. Consequently, love Him with everything!
* Need not only reminder but reorientation of who God is calling them to be as well as who He has promised to be
we are all legalists in our natural thinking (“I deserve better”)we are better served to recognize that while the gospel isn’t opposed to effort—it is opposed to earning
● Remember. Remember who you are, and remember who God is
Hopefully, it will serve as a reminder in our lives as well. Roadmap for today:
(ESV): So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy.

Remember who you are, and remember who God is

### God is still God. He does not change.
● Respond. Consequently, love Him with everything!

You are who you are and you are where you are because of God's grace

* Remember. Remember who you are, and remember who God is
we do well to remember that appeals to significance are most insidious and offensive when religious (c.f. )Our perceived righteousness is not the basis of God's love for usIsrael, you’re here because of God
(ESV): but it is because the LORD loves you and is keeping the oath that he swore to your fathers, that the LORD has brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations,
● It is a very normal human tendency to imagine that one deserves to be in a good place
* Respond. Consequently, love Him with everything!

Remember who you are, and remember who God is

● "I deserve the good but not the bad”

You are who you are and you are where you are because of God's grace

the LORD set his love on you and chose you. Why? Because the LORD loves you and his keeping his oathwait isn't that circular?No, it's paradoxical, but it isn't circular. God's love expressed flows from God's love determined.
(ESV): For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.
● “I earned this", and maybe even “They deserved that”
● It is a very normal human tendency to imagine that one deserves to be in a good place

Remember who you are, and remember who God is

God acts for the sake of His covenantHis promise to use His power for the accomplishment of His purpose in and through His peopleAgain and again expressed through the Pentateuch, the Psalms, and really the whole BibleGod acts out of the abundance of His grace and mercy for the sake of His love
● God in Deuteronomy explicitly tells the children of Israel otherwise, and we see a consistent truth applied to ourselves as well
● "I deserve the good but not the bad”

You are who you are and you are where you are because of God's grace

● You're not who and where you are because of anything intrinsic to you
● “I earned this", and maybe even “They deserved that”
(ESV)
● Israel, it's not because of your significance
The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases;
It is a very normal human tendency to imagine that one deserves to be in a good place
● God in Deuteronomy explicitly tells the children of Israel otherwise, and we see a consistent truth applied to ourselves as well
## Consequently, love Him with everything!
(ESV): It was not because you were more in number than any other people that the LORD set his love on you and chose you, for you were the fewest of all peoples,
You're not who and where you are because of anything intrinsic to you
● You're not who and where you are because of anything intrinsic to you
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
* “I earned this", and maybe even “They deserved that”
● Israel, it's not because of your significance
● appeals to significance can be overt or secretive
* God is the most admirable being in the universe
(ESV): It was not because you were more in number than any other people that the LORD set his love on you and chose you, for you were the fewest of all peoples,
* God in Deuteronomy explicitly tells the children of Israel otherwise, and we see a consistent truth applied to ourselves as well
● (look how big, strong, smart)
great is your faithfulness.
God reminded Israel that they stood at the edge of promise not because of their intrinsic goodness, but because of the love and mercy of God.Christian, you're here, standing at the edge of the promise, because of God's grace and mercy
● stress over perceived insignificance
* His steadfast love is the reason for my love
* You're not who and where you are because of anything intrinsic to you
● appeals to significance can be overt or secretive
(ESV): For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
● (look how big, strong, smart)
* Israel, it's not because of your significance
● Relative significance is not the basis of God’s covenant faithfulness to His people
* this responsive love is all-out (the text in Deuteronomy says “all your heart, soul, and might”)
Deuteronomy 7:7 ESV
It was not because you were more in number than any other people that the Lord set his love on you and chose you, for you were the fewest of all peoples,
● For the Israelites, they weren't the biggest and strongest, they were the smallest and weakest
God is still God. He does not change.
● stress over perceived insignificance
* this love is to be stoked and spread
(ESV): It was not because you were more in number than any other people that the LORD set his love on you and chose you, for you were the fewest of all peoples,
● Relative significance is not the basis of God’s covenant faithfulness to His people
(ESV): Not because of your righteousness or the uprightness of your heart are you going in to possess their land
● Given the evidence of , if we are among the chosen, we might suspect we belonged to a different class than the significant
* appeals to significance can be overt or secretive
(ESV): Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.
(ESV): But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong;
● For the Israelites, they weren't the biggest and strongest, they were the smallest and weakest
Misconceptions of “one”At this point, not one as in unary (although He is that)Not one as in unique (although He is that)One as in ConsistentThe Israelites entering the Promised Land needed to hear that God is faithful, and the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacobat the end of the walk of their lifetimeon the border of a fight for the agesThe Israelites needed to hearGod had carried them ()God had kept them ()God had lead you, fed you, and clothed you ()God has loving disciplined you as a son ()Because he's taking you to the promise (8:7-10)Christian, the God who calls you to relationship is the God who spoke the Cosmos into being, preserved Noah through the flood, walked through the sacrifice of Abraham, and manifest His power before Pharaoheach narrative thread woven into His planand now Has manifest Himself in Christ! ()Without ceasing to be what he is for all eternity, he became man.Creator, redeemed, Savior, 🔥 ☁️ JesusAnd He never changes 8)
* stress over perceived insignificance
● Our relative significance is not the basis of God's love for us
Consequently, love Him with everything!
● Given the evidence of , if we are among the chosen, we might suspect we belonged to a different class than the significant
Deuteronomy 9:5a ESV
Not because of your righteousness or the uprightness of your heart are you going in to possess their land, but because of the wickedness of these nations the Lord your God is driving them out from before you, and that he may confirm the word that the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.
* Relative significance is not the basis of God’s covenant faithfulness to His people
(ESV): You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.
● Israel, it's not because of your righteousness (c.f. )
(ESV): But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong;
* For the Israelites, they weren't the biggest and strongest, they were the smallest and weakest
● Our relative significance is not the basis of God's love for us
(ESV): Not because of your righteousness or the uprightness of your heart are you going in to possess their land
God is the most admirable being in the universeunchanging perfectionunvarying faithfulnessworthy of admirationeverything else changesHe never changesHis steadfast love is the reason for my loveHe loves me not for my lovableness, but because of His lovingkindness. His lovingkindness never changes.In a sermon a few months ago ( We Were, Jesus Has, We Must), I mentioned a poem by Horatius Bonar called Not What My Hands Have Done the first stanza of which is as follows:
* Given the evidence of , if we are among the chosen, we might suspect we belonged to a different class than the significant
● we are all legalists in our natural thinking (“I deserve better”)
● Israel, it's not because of your righteousness (c.f. )
Not what these hands have done
can save this guilty soul;
(ESV): Not because of your righteousness or the uprightness of your heart are you going in to possess their land
● we are better served to recognize that while the gospel isn’t opposed to effort—it is opposed to earning
(ESV): But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong;
Romans 9:16 ESV
So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy.
(ESV): So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy.
(ESV): So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy.
* Our relative significance is not the basis of God's love for us
not what this toiling flesh has borne
● we are all legalists in our natural thinking (“I deserve better”)
* Israel, it's not because of your righteousness (c.f. )
● we do well to remember that appeals to significance are most insidious and offensive when religious (c.f. )
can make my spirit whole.
● we are better served to recognize that while the gospel isn’t opposed to effort—it is opposed to earning
(ESV): So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy.
● Our perceived righteousness is not the basis of God's love for us
(ESV): Not because of your righteousness or the uprightness of your heart are you going in to possess their land
Not what I feel or do
You’re here because of God
● we do well to remember that appeals to significance are most insidious and offensive when religious (c.f. )
can give me peace with God;
* we are all legalists in our natural thinking (“I deserve better”)
● Israel, you’re here because of God
(ESV): but it is because the LORD loves you and is keeping the oath that he swore to your fathers, that the LORD has brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations,
not all my pray'rs and sighs and tears
* we are better served to recognize that while the gospel isn’t opposed to effort—it is opposed to earning
● Our perceived righteousness is not the basis of God's love for us
● the LORD set his love on you and chose you. Why? Because the LORD loves you and his keeping his oath
can bear my awful load.
(ESV): So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy.
● Israel, you’re here because of God
Deuteronomy 7:8–9 ESV
but it is because the Lord loves you and is keeping the oath that he swore to your fathers, that the Lord has brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations,
(ESV): but it is because the LORD loves you and is keeping the oath that he swore to your fathers, that the LORD has brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations,
wait isn't that circular?
* we do well to remember that appeals to significance are most insidious and offensive when religious (c.f. )
The Orthodox Presbyterian hymnal includes a version of the poem as a song with the following stanza added to the end:
* Our perceived righteousness is not the basis of God's love for us
● No, it's paradoxical, but it isn't circular. God's love expressed flows from God's love determined.
I praise the God of grace;
● the LORD set his love on you and chose you. Why? Because the LORD loves you and his keeping his oath
(ESV): For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.
* Israel, you’re here because of God
wait isn't that circular?
I trust his truth and might;
(ESV): For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.
Romans 8:29–30 ESV
For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.
● No, it's paradoxical, but it isn't circular. God's love expressed flows from God's love determined.
He calls me his, I call him mine,
● God acts for the sake of His covenant
(ESV): but it is because the LORD loves you and is keeping the oath that he swore to your fathers, that the LORD has brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations,
● His promise to use His power for the accomplishment of His purpose in and through His people
* the LORD set his love on you and chose you. Why? Because the LORD loves you and his keeping his oath
(ESV): For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.
My God, my joy, my light.
● Again and again expressed through the Pentateuch, the Psalms, and really the whole Bible
* wait isn't that circular?
● God acts for the sake of His covenant
’Tis he who saveth me,
And freely pardon gives;
● His promise to use His power for the accomplishment of His purpose in and through His people
* No, it's paradoxical, but it isn't circular. God's love expressed flows from God's love determined.
● God acts out of the abundance of His grace and mercy for the sake of His love
● Again and again expressed through the Pentateuch, the Psalms, and really the whole Bible
(ESV): For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.
(ESV)
I love because he loveth me,
Lamentations 3:22–23 ESV
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases;
I live because he lives.
* God acts for the sake of His covenant
● God acts out of the abundance of His grace and mercy for the sake of His love
(ESV)
He is worthy of responsive loveeverything else changescircumstances changepeople changeI changeHe never changesHe never changes in His love for His peopleI love Him in response
* His promise to use His power for the accomplishment of His purpose in and through His people
his mercies never come to an end;
The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases;
* Again and again expressed through the Pentateuch, the Psalms, and really the whole Bible
this responsive love is all-out (the text in Deuteronomy says “all your heart, soul, and might”)it's important not to over-parse the textHebrew thought on the “heart”, etc. is really inner to outer (layers of depth if you will)less about parsing specific centers (emotions, etc.) and more about a layered description of everything you’ve gotno half-effortno reservationsno qualifications (God literally cannot be more lovable)this love is to be stoked and spread
they are new every morning;
(ESV)
great is your faithfulness.
his mercies never come to an end;
(ESV): And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
* God acts out of the abundance of His grace and mercy for the sake of His love
(ESV)
● God reminded Israel that they stood at the edge of promise not because of their intrinsic goodness, but because of the love and mercy of God.
they are new every morning;
stokedkeep them on your heartthe center of thought and emotionregularly refreshed and reconsideredinner vitality is key! (Dr. Hearson)
The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases;
think about
● Christian, you're here, standing at the edge of the promise, because of God's grace and mercy
great is your faithfulness.
bind them as a sign on your hand“your hand”shaping your actionsreorienting your visionspreadteach them diligently to your children by total immersiontalk of them when you sit in your housetalk of them when you walk by the waytalk of them when you lie downtalk of them when you riselet it be the identifying mark of your household (in community)doorpostsgates
(ESV): For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
● God reminded Israel that they stood at the edge of promise not because of their intrinsic goodness, but because of the love and mercy of God.
his mercies never come to an end;

God is still God. He does not change.

● Christian, you're here, standing at the edge of the promise, because of God's grace and mercy
they are new every morning;
Closing
(ESV): And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.
(ESV): For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
(ESV): Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.
great is your faithfulness.
● Misconceptions of “one”
How does a command get "on your heart”?It's obviously more than just externalism.It has to be something that affects me to the core.Remember.I didn't deserve it and cannot earn it. I'm here because of God's steadfast love.And God never changes.Respond.Love Him with everything.Spread the love.Whole-being love is the right and appropriate response to the unchanging perfection of God graciously given for me. My love in response is more than sentiment.Obedience to His commands is the appropriate expression of my love for HimDeuteronomy is full of reminders to not forget the promised blessings of obedienceDeuteronomy is full of reminders to not forget the promised curses of disobedience (in Deuteronomy more than anywhere)True obedience comes out of responsive love. Hear, O Israel, and love!Jesus said that all the law and the prophets hang on this ShemaJesus reminded us that if you we love Him, we'll keep his commandments
* God reminded Israel that they stood at the edge of promise not because of their intrinsic goodness, but because of the love and mercy of God.

God is still God. He does not change.

* Christian, you're here, standing at the edge of the promise, because of God's grace and mercy
(ESV): “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.
● At this point, not one as in unary (although He is that)
(ESV): Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.
● Not one as in unique (although He is that)
(ESV): For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
● Misconceptions of “one”
I am changed because of the gracious love of God.The result of that change is obedience from the heart.
● One as in Consistent
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● At this point, not one as in unary (although He is that)
● The Israelites entering the Promised Land needed to hear that God is faithful, and the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob

God is still God. He does not change.

● Not one as in unique (although He is that)
Deuteronomy 6:4 ESV
“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.
● One as in Consistent
● at the end of the walk of their lifetime
(ESV): Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.
(ESV): Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.
● on the border of a fight for the ages
● The Israelites entering the Promised Land needed to hear that God is faithful, and the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
* Misconceptions of “one”
* At this point, not one as in unary (although He is that)
● at the end of the walk of their lifetime
● The Israelites needed to hear
* Not one as in unique (although He is that)
● God had carried them ()
● on the border of a fight for the ages
● God had kept them ()
* One as in Consistent
● The Israelites needed to hear
● God had carried them ()
* The Israelites entering the Promised Land needed to hear that God is faithful, and the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
● God had lead you, fed you, and clothed you ()
● God had kept them ()
* at the end of the walk of their lifetime
● God has loving disciplined you as a son ()
* on the border of a fight for the ages
● Because he's taking you to the promise (8:7-10)
● God had lead you, fed you, and clothed you ()
● Christian, the God who calls you to relationship is the God who spoke the Cosmos into being, preserved Noah through the flood, walked through the sacrifice of Abraham, and manifest His power before Pharaoh
* The Israelites needed to hear
● God has loving disciplined you as a son ()
● each narrative thread woven into His plan
* God had carried them ()
● Because he's taking you to the promise (8:7-10)
● and now Has manifest Himself in Christ! ()
● Christian, the God who calls you to relationship is the God who spoke the Cosmos into being, preserved Noah through the flood, walked through the sacrifice of Abraham, and manifest His power before Pharaoh
* God had kept them ()
* God had lead you, fed you, and clothed you ()
● Without ceasing to be what he is for all eternity, he became man.
● each narrative thread woven into His plan
● and now Has manifest Himself in Christ! ()
* God has loving disciplined you as a son ()
● Creator, redeemed, Savior, 🔥 ☁️ Jesus
● Without ceasing to be what he is for all eternity, he became man.
● And He never changes ()
* Because he's taking you to the promise (8:7-10)
● Creator, redeemed, Savior, 🔥 ☁️ Jesus

Consequently, love Him with everything!

* Christian, the God who calls you to relationship is the God who spoke the Cosmos into being, preserved Noah through the flood, walked through the sacrifice of Abraham, and manifest His power before Pharaoh
(ESV): You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.
* each narrative thread woven into His plan
● And He never changes ()

Consequently, love Him with everything!

God is the most admirable being in the universe

* and now Has manifest Himself in Christ! ()
* Without ceasing to be what he is for all eternity, he became man.
(ESV): You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.
● unchanging perfection
● unvarying faithfulness

God is the most admirable being in the universe

* Creator, redeemed, Savior, 🔥 ☁️ Jesus
● worthy of admiration
* And He never changes ()
● unchanging perfection
● everything else changes
● unvarying faithfulness
● worthy of admiration
● He never changes
● everything else changes

His steadfast love is the reason for my love

Consequently, love Him with everything!

● He never changes
● He loves me not for my lovableness, but because of His lovingkindness. His lovingkindness never changes.
(ESV): You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.
● In a sermon a few months ago ( We Were, Jesus Has, We Must), I mentioned a poem by Horatius Bonar called Not What My Hands Have Done the first stanza of which is as follows:

His steadfast love is the reason for my love

● He loves me not for my lovableness, but because of His lovingkindness. His lovingkindness never changes.
Not what these hands have done
God is the most admirable being
● In a sermon a few months ago ( We Were, Jesus Has, We Must), I mentioned a poem by Horatius Bonar called Not What My Hands Have Done the first stanza of which is as follows:
He is unchanging perfection
can save this guilty soul;
not what this toiling flesh has borne
Not what these hands have done
He is unvarying faithfulness
can save this guilty soul;
can make my spirit whole.
He is worthy of admiration
Not what I feel or do
not what this toiling flesh has borne
can give me peace with God;
* He never changes
can make my spirit whole.
Not what I feel or do
God’s steadfast love is the reason for my love
not all my pray'rs and sighs and tears
* He loves me not for my lovableness, but because of His lovingkindness. His lovingkindness never changes.
He loves me not for my lovableness, but because of His lovingkindness.
can bear my awful load.
can give me peace with God;
* In a sermon a few months ago ( We Were, Jesus Has, We Must), I mentioned a poem by Horatius Bonar called Not What My Hands Have Done the first stanza of which is as follows:
not all my pray'rs and sighs and tears
● The Orthodox Presbyterian hymnal includes a version of the poem as a song with the following stanza added to the end:
I praise the God of grace;
* He is worthy of responsive love
can bear my awful load.
● The Orthodox Presbyterian hymnal includes a version of the poem as a song with the following stanza added to the end:
I trust his truth and might;
can save this guilty soul;
I praise the God of grace;
not what this toiling flesh has borne
He calls me his, I call him mine,
My God, my joy, my light.
I trust his truth and might;
can make my spirit whole.
’Tis he who saveth me,
He calls me his, I call him mine,
Not what I feel or do
can give me peace with God;
And freely pardon gives;
My God, my joy, my light.
not all my pray'rs and sighs and tears
’Tis he who saveth me,
I love because he loveth me,
I live because he lives.
can bear my awful load.
And freely pardon gives;
He is worthy of responsive love.
● He is worthy of responsive love
* The Orthodox Presbyterian hymnal includes a version of the poem as a song with the following stanza added to the end:
I love because he loveth me,
● everything else changes
I praise the God of grace;
I live because he lives.
● He is worthy of responsive love
I trust his truth and might;
● circumstances change
● people change
He calls me his, I call him mine,
● everything else changes
My God, my joy, my light.
● circumstances change
● I change
● He never changes
’Tis he who saveth me,
● people change
And freely pardon gives;
● He never changes in His love for His people
● I change
● I love Him in response
● He never changes
I love because he loveth me,
I live because he lives.

this responsive love is all-out

● He never changes in His love for His people
* He is worthy of responsive love
● I love Him in response
(the text in Deuteronomy says “all your heart, soul, and might”)
● it's important not to over-parse the text

this responsive love is all-out

● Hebrew thought on the “heart”, etc. is really inner to outer (layers of depth if you will)
(the text in Deuteronomy says “all your heart, soul, and might”)
* circumstances change
● less about parsing specific centers (emotions, etc.) and more about a layered description of everything you’ve got
● it's important not to over-parse the text
* people change
● Hebrew thought on the “heart”, etc. is really inner to outer (layers of depth if you will)
* I change
● no half-effort
● less about parsing specific centers (emotions, etc.) and more about a layered description of everything you’ve got
* He never changes
● no reservations
● no half-effort
* He never changes in His love for His people
● no qualifications (God literally cannot be more lovable)
● no reservations

this love is to be stoked and spread

* I love Him in response
(ESV): And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
● no qualifications (God literally cannot be more lovable)
● stoked

This responsive love is all-out

this love is to be stoked and spread

(ESV): And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
● keep them on your heart
(the text in Deuteronomy says “all your heart, soul, and might”)
● stoked
* it's important not to over-parse the text
● the center of thought and emotion
● regularly refreshed and reconsidered
● keep them on your heart
* Hebrew thought on the “heart”, etc. is really inner to outer (layers of depth if you will)
● inner vitality is key! (Dr. Hearson)
● the center of thought and emotion
* less about parsing specific centers (emotions, etc.) and more about a layered description of everything you’ve got
● regularly refreshed and reconsidered
think about
* no half-effort
● inner vitality is key! (Dr. Hearson)
* no reservations
● bind them as a sign on your hand
* no qualifications (God literally cannot be more lovable)
● “your hand”
think about
● shaping your actions

This love is to be stoked and spread

● bind them as a sign on your hand
Deuteronomy 6:6–9 ESV
And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
(ESV): And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
● “your hand”
● reorienting your vision
* stoked
● spread
* stoked
● shaping your actions
● reorienting your vision
* keep them on your heart
● teach them diligently to your children by total immersion
● talk of them when you sit in your house
● spread
* the center of thought and emotion
● teach them diligently to your children by total immersion
● talk of them when you walk by the way
* regularly refreshed and reconsidered
● talk of them when you sit in your house
* inner vitality is key! (Dr. Hearson)
● talk of them when you lie down
think about
● talk of them when you rise
● talk of them when you walk by the way
* bind them as a sign on your hand
● talk of them when you lie down
● let it be the identifying mark of your household (in community)
● talk of them when you rise
* “your hand”
● doorposts
● let it be the identifying mark of your household (in community)
● gates
* shaping your actions
● doorposts

Closing

* reorienting your vision
● gates
* spread
(ESV): And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.

Closing

* teach them diligently to your children by total immersion
● How does a command get "on your heart”?
* talk of them when you sit in your house
(ESV): And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.
● It's obviously more than just externalism.
● How does a command get "on your heart”?
* talk of them when you walk by the way
● It has to be something that affects me to the core.
* talk of them when you lie down
● It's obviously more than just externalism.
● Remember.
* talk of them when you rise
● I didn't deserve it and cannot earn it. I'm here because of God's steadfast love.
● It has to be something that affects me to the core.
● Remember.
* let it be the identifying mark of your household (in community)
● And God never changes.
● Respond.
* doorposts
● I didn't deserve it and cannot earn it. I'm here because of God's steadfast love.
* gates
● And God never changes.
● Love Him with everything.
● Respond.
● Spread the love.
● Whole-being love is the right and appropriate response to the unchanging perfection of God graciously given for me. My love in response is more than sentiment.

Closing

● Love Him with everything.
● Obedience to His commands is the appropriate expression of my love for Him
(ESV): And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.
Deuteronomy 6:6 ESV
And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.
● Spread the love.
● Deuteronomy is full of reminders to not forget the promised blessings of obedience
● Whole-being love is the right and appropriate response to the unchanging perfection of God graciously given for me. My love in response is more than sentiment.
● Deuteronomy is full of reminders to not forget the promised curses of disobedience (in Deuteronomy more than anywhere)
How does a command get "on your heart”?
● Obedience to His commands is the appropriate expression of my love for Him
● Deuteronomy is full of reminders to not forget the promised blessings of obedience
* Whole-being love is the right and appropriate response to the unchanging perfection of God graciously given for me. My love in response is more than sentiment.
● True obedience comes out of responsive love. Hear, O Israel, and love!
● Deuteronomy is full of reminders to not forget the promised curses of disobedience (in Deuteronomy more than anywhere)
● Jesus said that all the law and the prophets hang on this Shema
* It has to be something that affects me to the core.
● True obedience comes out of responsive love. Hear, O Israel, and love!
● Jesus reminded us that if you we love Him, we'll keep his commandments
* Remember.
* I didn't deserve it and cannot earn it. I'm here because of God's steadfast love.
(ESV): “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.
● Jesus said that all the law and the prophets hang on this Shema
● I am changed because of the gracious love of God.
Whole-being love is the right and appropriate response to the unchanging perfection of God graciously given for me. My love in response is more than sentiment.
● Jesus reminded us that if you we love Him, we'll keep his commandments
* And God never changes.
(ESV): “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.
● The result of that change is obedience from the heart.
John 14:15 ESV
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.
* Respond.
● I am changed because of the gracious love of God.
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* Love Him with everything.
* Spread the love.
● The result of that change is obedience from the heart.
tags: #ministry/sermon/outline #bible/deuteronomy
* Whole-being love is the right and appropriate response to the unchanging perfection of God graciously given for me. My love in response is more than sentiment.
* Obedience to His commands is the appropriate expression of my love for Him
* Deuteronomy is full of reminders to not forget the promised blessings of obedience
* Deuteronomy is full of reminders to not forget the promised curses of disobedience (in Deuteronomy more than anywhere)
* True obedience comes out of responsive love. Hear, O Israel, and love!
* Jesus said that all the law and the prophets hang on this Shema
* Jesus reminded us that if you we love Him, we'll keep his commandments
(ESV): “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.
* I am changed because of the gracious love of God.
* The result of that change is obedience from the heart.
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