A key to a great game is clear rules all players commit to following. But for there to be enjoyment, there needs to be a commitment to the one enforcing the rules.
In Deuteronomy 4, Moses recaps God’s rules and laws for Israel. Moses calls Israel to remember God the Law-giver who is a fearful presence and consuming power. He is to be taken seriously.
Yet, this fearful and consuming God can be followed. Those who seek to follow God find God’s mercy. Even when scattered by sin, we can seek and find God. That is the promise and challenge of this chapter.