The Lord's Requirements

Deuteronomy 10:12-22

"Broken from all other trusting,
Enfranchised from all 'former lusting; '
Thy freedman, Lord, on Thee calling,
Guard me in my dolorous falling.
Anoint my eyes with Thy own seeing,
Interpenetrate my being
That by Thee all 'apprehended, '
This weary conflict may be ended. "

The secret of rest and victory lies in ceasing to struggle against the requirements of God. It was not till Jacob had yielded to the man from Heaven, at the brook Jabbok, that he became a prevailing prince. Here is a question that should come with searching power to the heart of every child of God: "What doth the Lord thy God require of thee?" (Deuteronomy 10:12). Surely such a question ought to constrain us honestly to make this inquiry: "Lord, what wilt Thou have me to do?"

I. The Lord has Requirements.

1. As our Creator. "The Heaven of heavens is the Lord's, the earth also, and all that therein is" (Deuteronomy 10:14). As the creatures of His creative hand we live and move on and in the things which are God's (Psa 24:1). What have we that we have not received? As our Maker He requires the thankful homage of our lives.

2. As our Redeemer. "He is thy God, that hath done for thee these great and terrible things, which thine eyes have seen" (Deuteronomy 10:21). In redeeming them out of the house of Egyptian bondage it was by great things in mercy for them, and terrible things in judgment against their enemies. Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law. Ye are bought with a price, therefore glorify God in your body and your spirit, which are His. "Him only shalt thou serve" (Mat 4:10).

II. What these Requirements are. "What doth the Lord thy God require of thee?" The claim is based on the fact of His saving grace. Thy God who hath done such great things for thee. He requires-

1. A Filial Fear. "Fear the Lord thy God" (Deuteronomy 10:12). Not as a slave who fears his master because of the lash, but as a loving, dutiful son fears to grieve or dishonour his father. God is our Father, but He is also Judge, and hath power to cast both soul and body into hell. "Yea, I say unto you, fear ye Him. "

2. An Obedient Walk. "To walk in all His ways" (Deuteronomy 10:12). If we would walk in His ways we must be willing to set the Lord continually before us, then our walk will be "worthy of the Lord in all well-pleasing" (Col 1:10). What doth the Lord require of thee but to walk humbly with thy God? (Mic 6:8).

3. An Affectionate Heart. "To love Him" (Deuteronomy 10:12). He who looketh upon the heart requires truth in the inward parts. What is more sickening and repulsive than feigned love? It is the most loathsome stage of the leprosy of sin. Mere words uttered in the ear of God will not meet the requirements of His heart concerning us. Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart. If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be accursed.

4. A Whole-hearted Service. "To serve the Lord thy God with all thy heart" (Deuteronomy 10:12). This is a divine requirement that needs to be specially urged in His Name. We are not saved merely to rejoice in salvation, but to glorify God by a life of consecrated service to Him. This service implies selling, giving, following (Mar 10:21). To the lame man Peter said, "Such as I have, I give. " Present your bodies a living sacrifice unto God. This is your reasonable service (Rom 12:1).

5. A Submissive Will. "Be no more stiff necked" (Deuteronomy 10:16). Having presented ourselves to God, as Isaac did to his father, let us be as silently submissive as he was (Gen. 22). "Behold, here am I, let him do to me as seemeth good unto him" (2Sa 15:26). The clay that remains stiff in the hands of the potter will not be fashioned into a vessel of great honour. "Not My will, but Thine be done. "

6. A Charitable Spirit. "Love ye therefore the stranger, for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt" (Deuteronomy 10:19). This is another most salutary requirement of the Lord. It was while we were strangers and enemies that God loved us, and that His Son died for us, therefore if the love of God is in us we will have compassion on those who are out of the way. Such were some of you, but ye are washed. Having been once a stranger yourself ye should "know the heart of a stranger" (Exo 23:9). Remember the words of the Lord Jesus as recorded in Luk 10:29-37.

7. A Tenacious Faith. "The Lord thy God,... to Him shalt thou cleave" (Deuteronomy 10:20) This is our life, cleaving to the Living One. Let our cleaving be as tenacious as the limp it on the rock, which clings the closer the more it is buffeted. "I will not let Thee go. " My heart is fixed. (Psa 57:7). Cleaving to the Lord is the secret of strength, and such will always be brightened with His brightness. Lord to whom can we go?


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