Deuteronomy 6:1-17 God promised the Israelite's long life and many offspring in a land flowing with milk and honey if they obeyed all of God’s laws.
The Greatest Commandment
“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.
All these laws are to be read and taught to their children at all times, even writing them on their doorposts and gates. And when they are living in the land that God gives them, they are to never forget the Lord and what He has done for them. They are to never abandon the Lord and serve false gods of the nations around them for the Lord could if He chose, destroy them if they do.
Notes: Jesus asked this question to one of the priests and He also added, “And you shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
Deuteronomy 6:18-25 The Israelite's should also do what is good and what is right. And when their children ask them the meaning of the testimonies, statutes and laws, they were to tell the story of how they were slaves in Egypt and how the Lord rescued them and displayed His wrath against Egypt, Pharaoh, and his household. And how the Lord gave them victory over their enemies and drove them out of Canaan so they could take possession of the land first promised to Abraham. And finally, that the Lord has commanded us to fear Him, keep his statutes and laws, so they would prosper in the land and be preserved as a people forever.
Notes: righteousness for us. A true and personal relationship with God that would be manifest in the lives of the people of God. There was no place for legalism or concern about the external since the compelling motive for this righteousness was to be love for God.