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Deuteronomy 7-8:20

It’s not what you know or even what you do, as in the Old Testament, in the New it is who you know.

The Lord did not set His love upon you and choose you because you were more in number than any other people, for you were the fewest of all people. But because the Lord loves you and because He would keep the oath which He had sworn to your fathers, the Lord has brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you out of the house of bondage, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Know, recognize, and understand therefore that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God, Who keeps covenant and steadfast love and mercy with those who love Him and keep His commandments, to a thousand generations, (Deuteronomy 7:7-9 AMP)

But if it is by grace (His unmerited favor and graciousness), it is no longer conditioned on works or anything men have done. Otherwise, grace would no longer be grace [it would be meaningless]. (Romans 11:6 AMP)

The grace that has been granted to Believers comes by way of Jesus Christ. He is the One we know.

There is something I just saw in the act of deliverance, Israel’s deliverance from her enemies as she entered into the promise land, that may explain why we find ourselves struggling with some things, which seem to keep us entrap as we struggle to walk the walk. There more than likely is a spiritual parallel of God’s Words to Israel, that we can apply to our lives.

Remember the great contests to which you were eyewitnesses: the miracle-signs, the wonders, GOD's mighty hand as he stretched out his arm and took you out of there. GOD, your God, is going to do the same thing to these people you're now so afraid of. And to top it off, the Hornet. GOD will unleash the Hornet on them until every survivor-in-hiding is dead. So don't be intimidated by them. GOD, your God, is among you--GOD majestic, GOD awesome. GOD, your God, will get rid of these nations, bit by bit. You won't be permitted to wipe them out all at once lest the wild animals take over and overwhelm you. (Deuteronomy 7:19-22 MSG)

While we struggle with our “stuff” God is telling us to not let said “stuff” intimidate us that He will drive them out little by little. There are things, it seems, that when we first accept Jesus Christ, we are immediately delivered from it’s effects; however, we seem to fall into traps that we struggle daily to extricate ourselves from. Yet in the above four verses God is speaking to me saying, I know that those things are there just remember how I delivered you from the first things, I will deliver you from these also. Don’t give up!

Grace and peace,

March 27th

In Deuteronomy 7 we have more exhortations to be separate from the pagans in the land and injunctions to destroy their idols and altars. The Reformation Study Bible says of this:

“break down their altars. Israel was chosen to be a holy people (v. 6), and God would not tolerate pagan religion. Although the means of separation have changed, believers today were chosen for holiness (Eph. 1:4) and are called to separate from false worship (2 Cor. 6:15–18).”

We are called to be set aside to God even today. We can learn from the successes and failures of the ancient Israelites. When they were faithful, God blessed them, but when they turned astray, God sent judgment on them with the hand of other nations. There are several examples of this in the history of the Israelites. Here is God proclaiming what he will do with the Chaldeans as his vehicle of justice:

Habakkuk 1:5–6

The LORD’s Answer

“Look among the nations, and see;
wonder and be astounded.
For I am doing a work in your days
that you would not believe if told.
For behold, I am raising up the Chaldeans,
that bitter and hasty nation,
who march through the breadth of the earth,
to seize dwellings not their own. (ESV)

...and also in Hosea 10:10:
When I please, I will discipline them, and nations shall be gathered against them when they are bound up for their double iniquity.

Note that it is God who is raising them up and disciplining. God is sovereign over all nations, not just Israel, but his special love is upon his chosen people, even today.

Deuteronomy 7 says:
6 “For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. 7 It was not because you were more in number than any other people that the Lord set his love on you and chose you, for you were the fewest of all peoples, 8 but it is because the Lord loves you and is keeping the oath that he swore to your fathers…

It was nothing inherent in the Israelites that caused God to choose them… it was his sovereign choice and steadfast love with which he blessed Israel. The people of God today have inherited the blessing of Abraham, through Christ. We are Israel, both Jews and Gentiles who believe. We should be alert to the history of national Israel and take cues from it.

Galatians 3:6–9

just as Abraham “believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”?

Know then that it is those of faith who are the sons of Abraham. And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “In you shall all the nations be blessed.” So then, those who are of faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith. (ESV)

Galatians 6:14–16

But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation. And as for all who walk by this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God. (ESV)

Maranatha! IC -|- XC

Prayer for Today:
Lord, you defend your people. Come and defend our persecuted Christian family as they face trials that may lead to long and unjust prison sentences. Rescue them from lies spread about them, from the danger and despair that threaten them. Fill their hearts with hope. Amen.

I loved Deuteronomy today. A whole sermon could go to that. Luke, I loved that the Lord came to heal the sick not the healed. Psalm is so compelling just lime accepting discipline in Proverbs is so true!

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