Following the example of Joshua 1:1-9 given on GGW, pp. 47-48, do the 5-step interpretive journey with Moses’ call to the people of God at the end of his life found in Deuteronomy 6:1-9. Take about ten minutes with each step to write out an answer to each of the questions associated with each step. 

Step 1: Observation

1. What are the main features in the passage?

The main features in the passage are Moses calling out to the people of God and instructing them to observe the Law and commandments, love and fear God, and keep His Words at all times. He reminds the people to pass these teachings on to their children and to tell future generations about God’s miracles.

2. What significant words, phrases, or images stand out?

Significant words include “Love,” “Fear,” “Obey,” “Rule,” “Heart,” and “Soul.” Significant phrases include “Households,” “with all your heart and with all your soul,” “He is your God,” “for your own good,” and “so that you may live long in the land.”

Step 2: Interpretation
1. Who are the main characters in the passage?

The main characters in the passage are Moses and the people of God.

2. What is the main point of the passage?

The main point of the passage is for the people of God to obey, love, and fear The Word of God, and to pass these teachings down to their children and future generations.

3. What do the details of the passage add to its meaning?

The details of the passage add depth and richness to the main point. Moses’ plea for the people to observe the Laws and commandments implies that if they do so, they will be blessed by God. Additionally, the reminder to fear God, love Him, and tell future generations about His miracles emphasizes his love for His people and His desire for them to be firmly grounded in His love and faithfulness.

Step 3: Contemporary Implications
1. What does the passage have to say about our lives today?

The passage encourages us to obey the laws and commandments set by God, to love and fear Him, and to pass these teachings onto our children and future generations. This reminds us of the importance of faith, family, and tradition and encourages us to make sure that we not only keep His teachings alive in our own lives but also through the lives of those around us.

2. How should we apply the principles taught in this passage to our lives today?

We should strive to live our lives according to the commands and Law laid out by God. We should also remember to share these teachings with our children and future generations through our words and actions. Additionally, we should make sure that our hearts and souls are devoted to God and that we are always mindful of His love and faithfulness.