Love God as He Loves You

Deuteronomy 10:12-11:12

All God wants from the people, Moses says, is for them to walk in His ways and follow His commandments. Only their forefathers from all nations did God choose for His own and their descendants for all eternity.


For this reason, Moses says, the people should circumcise the skin of their hearts and open themselves to God’s will. After all, God is not a man who can be bribed or swayed. He judges the wicked and protects the weak, so should the Israelites work to protect the weak. They should be kind to the stranger among them because they were once strangers in Egypt. As the Israel Bible points out, it is incumbent upon the people, the one-time slaves who are are to become masters, to treat those in their care better than they were once treated, as they know how it feels.


Remember, Moses reiterates, you saw God’s great might. Jacob went down to Egypt with a mere seventy people and a great nation arose. Moses reminds the people of the miracles God wrought on their behalf, from the plagues to the splitting of the sea to the punishment of Korah and his followers. Therefore, it behooves the Children of Israel to follow God’s word meticulously, that He may prolong their days upon the land which He has promised them.


This land is not like Egypt, Moses tells the nation. In Egypt, one has just to put his foot in the earth and drag water to his crops. In the Promised Land, however, the eyes of God are on the land from the beginning of the year to the end of the year and the land is dependent on rain for irrigation.


Virtual Classroom Discussion

The end of this passage clearly implies that for these reasons, Israel is better than Egypt. Why, though, do you think it is better to be dependent on rain rather than be able to irrigate the land at will and with ease?

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  • Rabbi HaYitom

    Rain provides an objective test to inner spiritual necessities. Irrigation canals can store water and thus the rain demonstrates a good relationship with HaShem.

  • In the land rain will come down from heavens- G-d will send rain. You don't have to do anything for it. He will provide. It is more like Gan Eden for it says that "in the sweat of the forehead you will have to work". Irrigating implies working for it to make the irrigation canals- work of men – that could easily be destroyed by enemies. Rain comes out of the hand of our Creator. He is faithful!

  • All God wants is to walk in his ways and act well? That is very very hard. Look at history. Look at your own life!

  • Magda

    Being dependent on rain for irrigation reminds the People of Israel that the eyes of God are on the land all the time as He is the Giver of the rain, it reminds them all the time that they are dependent on Him and can never take the Provision of water for their crops for granted, as with everything else. Today modern Israel is world leaders and educators in irrigation systems, also by the Grace of God.

    • Diana Brown

      I agree. Israel was reminded to be faithful to the Lord their God because the nations needed to know Him. He has the whole world in His Hands!

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