Devarim Eleven: Love God

The people are once again commanded to love God. It’s emphasized that they are the generation being given these words. They are the ones who saw the full mightiness of God’s strength, making them unique among the generations. “But your eyes, which have seen all the great work of the Lord, which He did (Deuteronomy 11:7).” What does that mean for us, as a generation that didn’t see God’s wonders firsthand, but has inherited these laws and standards? If God waited for the right moment to reveal these laws to the right cohort, how do we take on their responsibilities without having had their experiences?

“But the land, to which you pass to possess, is a land of mountains and valleys and absorbs water from the rains of heaven, a land the Lord, your God, looks after; the eyes of Lord your God are always upon it, from the beginning of the year to the end of the year (Deuteronomy 11:11-12).” The land is clearly special, and unique amongst all the places in the world. God is watching Israel constantly.

“Behold, I set before you today a blessing and a curse. The blessing, that you will heed the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today; and the curse, if you will not heed the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn away from the way I command you this day, to follow other gods, which you did not know (Deuteronomy 11:26-28).” The ball seems to be entirely in the hands of the people. They get to decide which destiny will be theirs, one of blessings or one of curses. God offers every option, and they will determine which path to follow.

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