Deuteronomy 10:17-20 (NKJV) 17 For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality nor takes a bribe. 18 He administers justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the stranger, giving him food and clothing. 19 Therefore love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt. 20 You shall fear the Lord your God; you shall serve Him, and to Him you shall hold fast, and take oaths in His name.

God is righteous and just, even with His chosen people of Israel, for a circumcised heart is one that obeys. God cares for the fatherless and the widow. And He loves the stranger. God loves and cares for all who are His who are strangers to this world. Just as the Jews were strangers in the land of Egypt. We who believe in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior are strangers to this world, for our citizenship is in heaven because by the shed blood of Jesus Christ we are saved. Thus, “you shall fear the Lord your God; you shall serve Him, and to Him you shall hold fast, and take oaths in His name.” It has been said that to know God is to fear God, that is to have reverence for God. And to fear God is to love God. For this is the first and greatest commandment “you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength” (Mark 12:30 NKJV). Notice it is not one of the Ten Commandments. The first obligation of a true child of God is to love God with the totality of his or her nature. We are to love God with all our heart which is our emotional nature. With all our soul that is our volitional nature, meaning our will. With all of our mind that is our intellectual nature. And with all of our strength that is our physical nature. Are you keeping this commandment, my friend? If you don’t, and you say that you don’t need Christ, then my friend you are without hope. You need a Savior my friend. Just as I know I need a Savior. I don’t measure up here, not even with this first and greatest commandment, never mind the Ten Commandments. With this first and greatest commandment, I already know I fall short of the mark. I wish I do keep it all of the time, every minute of the day, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. I do love God, but at times not as I should according to this first and greatest commandment. Because of that, I know I need a Savior. And you need Him as well my friend.

God Bless and have a great day in God’s Word.