I love the title of Deuteronomy 6. Love the Lord Your God. Yes, because if you don’t, he will kill you!!! You know someone truly loves you when they will literally kill you if you don’t love them back in the most perfect way. 🙂
“These are the commands, decrees and laws the Lord your God directed me to teach you to observe in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess, so that you, your children and their children after them may fear the Lord your God as long as you live by keeping all his decrees and commands that I give you, and so that you may enjoy long life.” – Deuteronomy 6:1-2
Yes, because nothing says love more than requiring someone to fear you.
“Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” – Deuteronomy 6:7
Translation: Indoctrinate the shit out of them while they’re young so they’ll fear the make believe sky daddy too!
“When the Lord your God brings you into the land he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you—a land with large, flourishing cities you did not build, houses filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide, wells you did not dig, and vineyards and olive groves you did not plant—then when you eat and are satisfied, be careful that you do not forget the Lord, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.” – Deuteronomy 6:10-12
Exactly! The Israelites didn’t build this land! Other people did. People God commanded to be slaughtered for no reason other than the fact they were there first and God was pissy about it.
“Fear the Lord your God…” – Deuteronomy 6:13
“Do what is right and good in the Lord’s sight, so that it may go well with you…” – Deuteronomy 6:18
And don’t forget that murdering innocent people in the name of God is good in the Lord’s sight. 🙂
“The Lord commanded us to obey all these decrees and to fear the Lord our God, so that we might always prosper and be kept alive, as is the case today.” – Deuteronomy 6:24
Except, of course, the Israelites God killed and Moses, who God refused to enter the promised land.
What did we learn in Deuteronomy 6? We learned it is important to follow God’s laws very carefully even if they result in the slaughter of innocents. A perfect Israelite must FEAR God in order to receive God’s love. A sane, just creator? Hardly!
Coming Soon: Deuteronomy – Chapter 7: Driving Out the Nations