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Sunday, September 18, 2011

8/18/11 Deuteronomy 9

1 Hear, Israel: You are now about to cross the Jordan to go in and dispossess nations greater and stronger than you, with large cities that have walls up to the sky. 2 The people are strong and tall—Anakites! You know about them and have heard it said: “Who can stand up against the Anakites?” 3 But be assured today that the LORD your God is the one who goes across ahead of you like a devouring fire. He will destroy them; he will subdue them before you. And you will drive them out and annihilate them quickly, as the LORD has promised you.
4 After the LORD your God has driven them out before you, do not say to yourself, “The LORD has brought me here to take possession of this land because of my righteousness.” No, it is on account of the wickedness of these nations that the LORD is going to drive them out before you. 5 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. 6 Understand, then, that it is not because of your righteousness that the LORD your God is giving you this good land to possess, for you are a stiff-necked people.

(Moses- breaking the Ten Commandments in reaction to the Golden Calf 1659).

Thoughts: Three times Moses reminds the people that it is not because of their righteousness that they would be brought into the land.  Later in this same chapter, Moses reminds them of their making of a golden calf and his breaking the two stone tablets.  The people of God were not a perfect people.  Yet they stubbornly held onto their faith.  What God detested was the child sacrifice to the Moabite God Chemosh; the cuiltic fertility prostitute worship; the sorcery all were reasons the people were kicked out of the land.  When we know we are chosen as God's people, we need to make sure we are do not take pride in this, but humble ourselves before God.


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