Commandments 17

This post is Day 17 in a series of studies about “Commandments”. I strongly suggest you begin with the introduction to this study, please click here to read it.

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Commandments – Day 17

Deuteronomy 7:9

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.

The Thought

Deuteronomy 7 can be a difficult chapter to read! It does not seem to go with Jesus saying Love your enemies and do good to those who hurt you (Matthew 5:43-44, & Luke 6:27,35)! The reason God gave such very strict instructions to this people He had saved, was that He wanted A holy people. A holy nation who would be such a great example of how to live life correctly that others would want to know more about God Himself, and how they too could follow Him and be under His protection!

Once we understand the setting, we can take it for ourselves as another encouragement to keep God’s commandments. We can understand why the Jewish people recognised the importance of knowing them and keeping them throughout their lives. It is sad to read of the accounts of failure, but encouraging to know of God’s forgiveness too. Especially since the death of Christ when we learned how serious God was in wanting us all to join Him in Heaven! Jesus gave Himself as a sacrifice for that! What an amazing plan!

This whole chapter of Deuteronomy 7 is full of promises from God to the whole tribe of Israel. Promises that we can take for ourselves today, as long as we obey His commandments. There are a few extra ones thrown in there with qualifications as to why we should obey them. Many of these would be controversial in our day! But the promises for obedience are very encouraging.

Action

Read Deuteronomy 7 today and take note of the strict orders that God gave to His people. Consider how many you think are old fashioned and not applicable today. Dare to ask Him if you are in the wrong with certain of your attitudes.

Pray about the reaction that the church should have to disobedience today.


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