The aged ruler had come to the end of his life. After 40 years of wandering in the wilderness, it is time for the people of Israel to claim the land that God had promised them.
Before his death Moses is giving one final speech. He retraces their history up to that point. He reiterates the law as written by the hand of God. He reminds them that they are a nation truly blessed: they had been chosen by the Almighty, Eternal God.
“Listen, Israel,” Moses tells the people, “Yahweh – the God who always was, who is, and will forever be - is our Elohim.
He’s our creator, the one who fashioned everything. Yahweh, that God, is the only God. Don’t be fooled by imitations. Our God is the only one that counts.”
They had seen his hand. With His help they had defeated the mighty Amorite kings Sihon and Og. The children of Israel were on a high, there was no God like Jehovah. This motivating speech was like cream on top of a delicious treat, but it had hidden depths too.
It hinted at Christ telling the disciples that he and the Father were one (John 10:30). God’s purposes are not divided. The intent of God the Father is the intent of God the Son and intent of the Holy Spirit. His kingdom is not divided and He doesn’t expect His people to be.
What a timely reminder for God’s people? God is not divided! And there is no other God like Him. Throughout the ages there have always been other things to elevate as gods but there has only been one Yahweh.
Like the Israelites we should give honor and glory to His name. We have been chosen by an Almighty God and we need to behave in a way that shows that we appreciate the treasure that has been given to us.
“Hear O Christian, you who are called by His name, the Lord our God, the Lord is One. Serve Him and give honor and glory to His name.”