“You shall fear Yahweh your God, and you shall serve him, and by his name you shall swear.” (Deuteronomy 6:13, LEB)

The irony in these commands to fear, serve, and swear by the Lord’s name, which was given to his covenant people Israel, is that they seem onerous and legalistic, but we know that the reality was quite the opposite and the Israelites saw them as quite the opposite.  These commands [not to mention the others in this paragraph] were given by God to his people for their good, for their prosperity.

The end result if they obeyed God’s commands was: “so that it shall go well for you and so that you may go and you may take possession of the good land that Yahweh swore for your ancestors.”

God’s commands were given to ensure their shalom in the land, their prosperity and success.  They were given for the good of his people.  They were a gift!

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