The Five Instructions

In Deuteronomy 10, Moses is telling a second generation of Israelites God’s instructions to them. These are not just a set of rules to adhere to, but a guide for their lives so they will prosper. God has given them so much, especially his love. “He is your praise and He is your God, who has done these great and awesome things for you which your eyes have seen,” Moses told them (verse 21).”

The more well-known instructions God gave them are the 10 commandments written by God’s hand on a new stone tablet for a new generation of Israelites (verse 4). It is a hand-written love note from God, like a note from a parent sharing wisdom for life. God desires Israel to set themselves apart from other nations — to model a community which follows God.

Yet it is not enough for Israel to just have these commandments in a box, they must also live them out. This is why God also gave them the five instructions (verse 12 & 13):

“Now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require from you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways and love Him, and to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the LORD’S commandments and His statutes which I am commanding you today for your good?”

The instructions Israel received are instructive for us today. Not only the 10 commandments, but the five instructions:

1. Fear the LORD your God.

2. Walk in all His ways.

3. Love Him

4. Serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.

5. Keep the LORD’S commandments and His statutes

© 2021 CGThelen

3 thoughts on “The Five Instructions

  1. Leave it to God to give us the most clear, understandable instructions. He is the Divine, Perfect Teacher.
    Thank you for pointing this out.

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