Deuteronomy 4:5 Look, I have taught you prescriptions and rules as Yahveh my God has commanded me, so that you may follow them in the land you are entering to take possession of.
Deuteronomy 4:6 Be careful and do them, because this will show your wisdom and understanding in the eyes of the peoples. When they hear about all these prescriptions, they will say, ‘This great nation is indeed a wise and understanding people.’
Deuteronomy 4:7 For what great nation is there that has a god near to it like Yahveh our God is to us whenever we call to him?
Deuteronomy 4:8 And what great nation has righteous prescriptions and rules like this entire instruction I set before you today?
the purpose of obedience
Israel was to demonstrate obedience to God, and that obedience was to show their connection to him, and their wisdom and understanding. That obedience was to draw the nations to God, which was the mission of the Mosaic covenant!
Christian, have you considered the commands of Christ? Our obedience to his commands is to be how we draw people to him. If we are genuinely obedient to the commands Jesus gave us, the nations around us will sit up and take notice.
Lord, give us the wisdom to reflect your commands by our actions.