“Listen to my voice, and do all that I command you. So shall you be my people, and I will be your God” (v4). God rescued His people out of the “iron furnace” of Egypt because of His great love, and then He made a covenant with them that included their obedience. If they would listen to His voice and obey His ways, they would flourish in the land of milk and honey (v7). Instead, they walked in the “stubbornness of their evil hearts” (v8) and brought disaster on themselves.
“Obey my voice” (v7). God wants us to enjoy abundant life, and so He calls us to reject the poison of sin and to walk in His ways.