Monday, May 9, 2011

Deuteronomy 7 & 8 - Conditions from the Covenantal God

LINK: Deuteronomy 7 & 8 


BACKGROUND


Deuteronomy 7


Israel was to destroy the seven nations within the borders of Canaan and all their religious objects. In addition, they were not to intermarry with them (although that would not happen if they totally destroyed them). Studies of these cultures through archeological evidence have revealed that they were the most morally depraved cultures in the ancient world. The most compelling reason for their destruction was that they hated God (7:10) and would try to ensnare His people in their evil practices. 


Israel was God's treasured possession. If the nation was obedient to the Lord, they would experience His covenantal love, but if they disobeyed, they would lose out on the blessings of the covenant. Blessings included fertility, freedom from disease, and the very presence of God. 


Deuteronomy 8


In this chapter, Israel is exhorted to remember His faithfulness in the wilderness and not to forget their covenantal God as they entered into the fruitful new land. This would keep them from becoming proud and entering into worship of false gods. 


REFLECTION


We need to constantly remember God's faithfulness to us and maintain a heart of thanksgiving. As I walked today, I thought that I would like to daily have "Thirteen Thanksgivings" (love alliterations) to not allow my heart to become proud and think I earned this blessed life. All the good gifts we receive are from the Father (James 1:17). We need to thank Him and not assume it is because of us. 


APPLICATION


What are your "Thirteen Thanksgivings" for today? Write them down!


PRAYER


Lord, keep our hearts from pride by remaining thankful to You. We ask this in the name of Jesus. Amen. 
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