In our study of Deuteronomy 8, we looked at what the Lord your God requires of you in Micah 6:8. Today, Moses asks and answers the same question in Deuteronomy 10:12-13. His reply to the question "What does the LORD your God require of you?" is to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the commandments and statutes of the LORD. By the way, Moses says God requires this for their good.
That list can be overwhelming until you read the next two verses where the LORD provides the reason and incentive for His requirement. Notice in verse 14, who is placing these demands on the people. He is the One to whom belongs heaven, the heaven of heaven and the earth with all that is in it. The reason for His requirement is the fact that He, as the possessor of all, has set His heart in love on their fathers and has uniquely chosen them above all people. After telling them to do everything necessary to keep their hearts from being hardened against Him, He gives a supreme definition of Himself.
The name in Hebrew used in verse 17 is more powerful to me than in English. In Hebrew verse 17 says, "For Yahweh, your Elohim is Elohim of elohims and the Adoni of adonis, the great, the mighty and the awesome El." (For a refresher on the depth of meaning of each of these names, click God's Names As Revealed in Genesis)
Moses concludes verse 15 by saying this is who they are. They are those chosen by the One described in verses 14 and 17. Doesn't that stir your heart? 1 John 3:1 says the same thing, "See what kind of love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are." Doesn't that cause your heart and soul to soar? Isn't that sufficient reason to live a life based on the requirements the LORD your God gave for your good?
Deuteronomy 10:15 says, the "LORD set his heart in love on your fathers and chose their offspring after them." Galatians 3:6 says, "Know then that it is those of faith who are the sons of Abraham." Did you realize you are one of those descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob chosen by God? If you are in the faith, in Christ Jesus, Deuteronomy 10:15 includes you! In John 17, Jesus describes this group as the ones the Father gave Him. Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
LORD my God, You are the God of gods and the Lord of lords, the great, the mighty and the awesome God. You are my praise. You are my God. You are fulfilling Your promise to Abraham. You are giving him descendants who are as numerous as the stars in the heavens. Oh, thank You, Jesus, for including me.