Deuteronomy 4

“Because he loved your fathers and … brought you out of Egypt with his own presence, by his great power …Therefore you shall keep his statutes and his commandments … that it may go well with you and with your children” (v37-40).  Moses reminded the Israelites that their whole history was based on God’s love and mercy.  The commandments reflected God’s desire for them to live well in the land; if they disobeyed, they would be exiled from their inheritance (v26).

“Only take care, and keep your soul diligently” (v9).  God called us out of sin’s slavery and desires us to “keep our souls diligently,” living holy lives, so that we can enjoy life as He intended.