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Deuteronomy 9:1-10:22


Mike—I’m going to throw something in the mix, the people who rebelled in the desert did not get in. They may have not been destroyed “immediately” when they sinned and rebelled, but they never got into the Promise Land. Those that were 20 years old and younger when they set up made it, but not their parents. All died off before, including Moses and Aaron, except Joshua and Caleb.

The grace extended to the people who made it in was the grace that the parents’ sins, which affected them—they had to wander for 40 years, did not kill them too. The grace extended was the ownership of the land that was about to be transferred to them without payment, the grace was a true reversal of fortune.

One of the things I noticed this time during the readings that after they sinned and suffered the consequences through plagues, being swallowed up in the earth, dying by snakebites before Moses made the snake to be looked upon, they admitted their sin because they were caught red-handed, however they never repented. That is the danger for me, for us, admitting we have sinned but not following through all the way. Admitting our sin because we have come face to face with the consequences and have been exposed in the media or to the community, but not really sorrowful enough to change or actions, which is really what repentance is. It is not just admitting we were/are wrong.

Sin has its own rewards and the writer of Proverbs recognized that.

His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sins. (Proverbs 5:22 KJVR)

Let us strive not only to recognize where we have gone wrong but to produce a change in our lifestyles to go in different directions.

A poem by Portia Nelson (in There’s a Hole in My Sidewalk, 1993):
Autobiography in Five Short Chapters*

By: Portia Nelson

1. I walk, down the street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I fall in.
I am lost... I am hopeless.
It isn't my fault.
It takes forever to find a way out.


2. I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I pretend I don't see it.
I fall in again.
I can't believe I am in the same place.
But it isn't my fault.


3. I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I see it is there.
I still fall in; its a habit.
My eyes are open
I know where I am.
It is my fault.
I get out immediately.


4. I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.

I walk around it.


5. I walk down another street.


Nelson, Portia, There's a Hole in My Sidewalk
Beyond Words Publishing, Inc., 1993
Hillsboro, Oregon 97124


Grace and peace,
Ramona

"Once Saved always Saved" NOT
To me the Parable of the Seed clearly shows that where the "Seed" takes root and grows represents salvation. The Word says where there was rocky soil they believe for a while and then turn away.

I do not see how this can be interpreted any other way than, one can chose to turn away from their salvation. Through out the Bible God gives His people free choice.

If we can chose to give up our salvation the the statement: "Once Save always saved" is not correct. In fact it is dangerously miss leading.

Hi Dick,
Although you could make a interseting statement about chosing to "give up our salvation" from this one verse it is vitally important to look at the whole counsel of the Word of God.
The verse that immediately came into mind when I read your comment was:
Eph 1:4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
If God has chosen me before the foundation of the world, I see it as His choice that I eventually come to Him through Jesus Christ, for which I am eternally thankful.
There are those who might chose to "play" at responding to the Word of God with enthusiasm and never make it a heart decision, of making Jesus Lord of their life. And some of these may "chose to stop playing and easily fall away, therefore appear to be giving up their salvation.
Once the Holy Spirit dwells in me . . . .well I am His and He is mine eternally!!
Just something to think about.

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