Deuteronomy 10:12 - What God Expects of His Children.

Deu. 10:12; What God Expects of His Children.

Deu 10:12, 13 (CEV)  People of Israel, what does the Lord your 
God want from you?  The Lord wants you to respect and follow him, to 
love and serve him with all your heart and soul, and to obey his laws 
and teachings that I am giving you today.  Do this, and all will go 
well for you.  


Moses Teaches Israel on the Plains of Moab  (5:1-28:68)
What the Lord Wants You To Do
A Call to Love and Obedience
The Essence of the Law


Deut. 4:29 (KJV)  But if from thence thou shalt seek the Lord 
thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart 
and with all thy soul. 

Deut. 30:20 (KJV)  That thou mayest love the Lord thy God, and 
that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto 
him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest 
dwell in the land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, 
to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them. 

Psalm 18:1 (KJV)  And he said,I will love thee, O Lord, my 

Psalm 34:9 (KJV)  O fear the Lord, ye his saints: for there is 
no want to them that fear him. 

Psalm 128:1 (KJV)  Blessed is every one that feareth the Lord; 
that walketh in his ways. 

Jeremiah 32:39-40 (KJV)  And I will give them one heart, and one 
way, that they may fear me for ever, for the good of them, and of 
their children after them: [40] And I will make an everlasting 
covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; 
but I will put my fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart 
from me. 

Micah 6:8 (KJV)  He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and 
what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love 
mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? 

Matthew 11:29-30 (KJV)  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; 
for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your 
souls. [30] For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. 

Acts 9:31 (KJV)  Then had the churches rest throughout all 
Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the 
fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were 

Romans 8:28 (KJV)  And we know that all things work together for 
good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to 
his purpose. 

Titus 2:11-12 (KJV)  For the grace of God that bringeth 
salvation hath appeared to all men, [12] Teaching us that, denying 
ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and 
godly, in this present world; 

Hebrews 12:28 (KJV)  Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which 
cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably 
with reverence and godly fear: 

1 John 2:15 (KJV)  Love not the world, neither the things that 
are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father 
is not in him. 

1 John 5:2-3 (KJV)  By this we know that we love the children of 
God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. [3] For this is the 
love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are 
not grievous. 

Jeremiah 32:39 (KJV)  And I will give them one heart, and one 
way, that they may fear me for ever, for the good of them, and of 
their children after them: 

James 1:25 (KJV)  But whoso looketh into the perfect law of 
liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a 
doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. 


In answer to the question "What does the LORD your God ask of 
you?" five phrases are piled one on the other, phrases that occur 
again and again through these speeches. [Expositors Bible Commentary] 

To fear. Show respect or reverence to God. [Jamieson, Fausset, 
And Brown Commentary] 

God  is "mighty and awesome." He has such awesome power and 
justice that people cannot stand before him without his mercy... When we 
begin to grasp the extent of God's mercy toward us, we see what true 
love is and how deeply God loves us. Our fear of what he might do to 
us is transformed into a reverence and awe before his great mercy. 
Although our sins deserve severe judgment, God has chosen to show love 
and mercy to all who seek him. [Life Application SB] 

To love. "Love" in Scripture is more than an emotion or feeling. 
God's love finds expression in saving acts performed for His people.... 
those who truly love God express their love in action too. They "walk 
in all His ways," they "serve the Lord your God with all your heart 
and with all your soul." They "observe the Lord's commands and 
decrees." We respond to God's loving acts performed for us by performing 
loving acts for Him!... Just as today a caress is a joyful way to express 
love to our spouse, so obeying God is still a joyful way for us to 
express love to our Lord. [Victor Bible Reader's Companion] 

To walk. This is a daily walk with God in the power of the Holy 
Spirit, in pursuit of a perfect character. [SDA Commentary] 

Walking in God's ways, not your own, nor in the ways of the 
people of the land. (Adam Clarke Commentary) 

Obedience to God's Word and submission to his will result in 
spiritual prosperity. Disobedience and rejection lead to judgment and 
poverty. [Inspirational SB] 

Obedience is not the essence of a right relationship with God, 
but it is the evidence of it. [Daily Walk Bible] 

Lord actually requires only this: fear Him, love Him, serve Him, 
and He will bless you" (v. 12).... God could not bless them if they 
refused to obey His Word... This basic principle has never changed: if we 
obey God's Word from the heart, He will bless us and our labors; but 
if we disobey Him, He will send a curse and chasten us. Obedience 
is the key to happiness. [Wiersbe Expository Outlines] 

There are things required in life.  To drive a car, you must 
have a driver's license.  To teach in a public school you need a 
teaching certificate.  These things are required so that a person may 
"do" something, or "be" something. To be a follower of God, there are 
requirements.  Fear God, not as the "Great Punisher in the Sky," but rather 
with a reverence for who and what He is! We can begin to see Him in 
His creation.  To walk in His ways is to order your life, your walk, 
according to His Word, which must be regularly read to know Him more 
fully.  And as you begin to know Him more fully, you grow in affection 
for Him.  And this ultimately leads to the desire to serve Him.  To 
know Him, to love Him, to serve Him.  Is that your desire?  Today 
draw near, read His Word and pray to Him.  It is His desire you 
should.  [In His Time, Walk with Wisdom]