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Deuteronomy 6 – 10
When God starts repeating Himself it is time to start listening. Seven times in these five chapters it is written that the Israelites are to remember and not to forget the LORD their God, all He has commanded them, and all He has done for them.
Moses declares that it isn’t because the Israelites are anything special. The are not righteous, stong, or large in number. All that God has done for them has not been because of anything they have done. Rather, it has been about God’s love for them and His desire to bless them.
They are reminded of the law once more. However, it is the center of law that is most important.
“And now, O Israel what does the LORD your God ask of you but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your hear and with all your soul and to observe the LORD’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good?”
“Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.”
Neither is it because of the greatness of Israel that God will drive out much mightier nations than they are, utterly destroying them. Moses reminds them of their rebellion in the desert and of how God almost destroyed their nation when they worshipped the golden calf at Mount Horeb.
“It is not because of your righteousness or your integrity that you are going in to take possession of their land; but on account of the wickedness of these nations, the LORD your God will drive them out before you, to accomplish what he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.”
They are no better than the nations that God will destroy for them because He loves them and made a promise to their ancestors. A promise that is clearly being fulfilled in front of them.
“Your forefathers who went down into Egypt were seventy in all, and now the LORD your God has made you as numerous as the stars in the sky.”
Everything they have now and all that they will recieve is from the LORD. They must never forget that is God who gives them all good things and it is He who deals out justice on His enemies. To disobey God and to forget His commands is to make yourself His enemy. How many times have His chosen people already done this in the desert? How many times have we witnessed their punishment? God offers the cure to their rebellion and their forgetfullness in chapter 10 vs. 16
“Circumcise your hearts, therefore, and do not be stiff-necked any longer.”
Remember the circumcision commanded in Genesis to Abraham for a covenant between his descendants and God? This is what it was meant to point them to. Following God is a heart issue. You must be at war with your heart daily to cut out the malignant cancer of sin and surrender it fully to the greatness of God’s love and mercy! Circumcision is painful and necessary for the covenant. It is a contract in blood setting apart the nation of Israel from all others peoples on earth. Not because of them, but because God chose to show His love toward them.
How are you witnessing God’s love and blessing today?
I know there was a lot of scripture quotation in this one, but I felt moved by the Spirit that God’s Word could speak for itself.