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Friday, September 16, 2011

9/17/11 Deuteronomy 7:7-14

7 The LORD did not set his affection on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples. 8 But it was because the LORD loved you and kept the oath he swore to your ancestors that he brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the land of slavery, from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt. 9 Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments. 10 But those who hate him he will repay to their face by destruction;
he will not be slow to repay to their face those who hate him. 11 Therefore, take care to follow the commands, decrees and laws I give you today. 12 If you pay attention to these laws and are careful to follow them, then the LORD your God will keep his covenant of love with you, as he swore to your ancestors. 13 He will love you and bless you and increase your numbers. He will bless the fruit of your womb, the crops of your land—your grain, new wine and olive oil—the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks in the land he swore to your ancestors to give you. 14 You will be blessed more than any other people;

(Choosing a people)

Thoughts: It is God's grace that we are loved.  It is not that we have worked hard, or are so handsome or pretty or smart that causes God to love us.  God chooses us out of His love and grace.  In gratitude to God's love and election, we are called to obey Him.  In response to our obedience comes God's blessing.  Our obedience is sandwiched and strengthened by God's grace.  The grace and love of God enables us to know Him, follow the commands, and then be blessed by Him.  Our response to God is to listen, seek, and obey Him.

Prayer: Lord, we claim your faithfulness and love.  Keep me from pride, but instead, help me to follow you. 

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