*FIVE THINGS* that GOD REQUIRES from US: "And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways and to love Him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the commandments of the Lord and His statutes which I command you today for your good?" (Deut 10:12-13)
In Deuteronomy 10, Moses balances the two important themes of law (vv. 1–11) and love (vv. 12–22), and in verses 12-13 Moses condenses the essence of all the Old Testament laws into five things that God required from the Israelites:
- FEAR God religiously
- WALK in God’s ways
- LOVE God sincerely
- SERVE God wholly
- OBEY God completely
Let us therefore fear God by respecting Him, keeping His commandments, loving Him, and serving Him with all that we are and all that we have. Because God loves us, He has given us His Word to nourish and guide us. We cannot fully experience God’s love for us unless we are obedient to His will. To love God with our whole being is the greatest commandment that God has stated to the Israelites and to us (Deut. 6:5; Mark 12:29–34).
To walk in God’s ways require that we love Him with all our being and keep His commandments as love and obedience always go together, as Jesus said: "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him" (John 14:23).