The Heart of the Law
And Moses says, “Now Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you?” It’s a great question, isn’t it, posed in other places in the Scriptures. But what is said here in answer to this? What does the LORD require of you? What does His law insist on? “But to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the commandments and statutes of the LORD, which I am commanding you today, for your good.” Here’s the very essence of it. God has entered into covenant with His people for their good. And what does He want from them? He wants them to fear Him and obey Him and love Him and serve Him. It almost sounds like a wedding ceremony, doesn’t it? Here’s a pledge that God has given to His people and that He’s asking of them. This is the heart of the Law. This is the core of the Law, and it’s so beautifully expressed here. It’s so powerfully stated about the relationship that God would have with His people.