VERNA’S DAILY DEVOTIONAL

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER6, 2019

 

DEUTERONOMY 7:7

Deuteronomy 7:
7 The Lord did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any other people, for you were the least of all peoples;
8 but because the Lord loves you, and because He would keep the oath . . .”

 

 

YAHWEH HAS JUST REVIEWED THE COVENANT THAT HE HAD MADE  WITH HIS PEOPLE AFTER BRINGING THEM OUT OF THEIR SLAVERY TO EGYPT. HE EXPLAINS TO THEM THAT THEY ARE CHOSEN AND LECTURES THEM ABOUT WHAT THAT MEANS.

FIRST AND FOREMOST IT MEANS THAT THEY MUST WALK IN ACCORDANCE WITH HIS DICTATES, HIS WILL, HIS WAYS, HIS LAWS. IF THEY WANT TO RECEIVE THE BLESSINGS AND BENEFITS OF BEING HIS THEY WILL BE OBLIGATED TO FOLLOW HIS WAYS.

SECONDLY, HE IS EMPHASIZING THAT NEITHER WERE THEY CHOSEN ON THE BASIS OF THEIR GOODNESS, OR SPECIAL DISPOSITION, AND NOT BECAUSE THEY WERE THE MAJORITY OF ALL PEOPLES (IN FACT, HE SAYS, THEY WERE THE FEWEST, THE SMALLEST IN NUMBER). 

HE CHOSE THEM BECAUSE HE LOVED THEM AND BECAUSE HE HAD MADE A COVENANT WITH THEIR FATHERS AND REDEEMED THEM FROM BONDAGE TO EGYPT. AND BECAUSE HE IS A GOD OF MERCY AND GRACE WHO KEEPS HIS PROMISES. GOD IS SOVEREIGN.

THE SAME APPLIES TO ALL GOD’S PEOPLE TODAY. HE IS STILL A GOD OF MERCY & GRACE WHO KEEPS COVENANT. SO IF HE HAS MADE A COVENANT WITH ANY ONE OF US,THERE ARE EXPECTATIONS UPON US ALSO TO DO THINGS HIS WAY. WE NEED NEVER FEAR THAT GOD WILL LET US DOWN, FOR HE KEEPS HIS WORD. THERE ARE PROMISES, HOWEVER, THAT CAN BE CONDITIONAL TO THE KEEPING OF OUR SIDE OF THE BARGAIN, AS WELL.  WHAT WE NEED TO REALIZE IS THAT GOD HAS NOT CHANGED. JUST AS HE HAS KEPT COVENANT WITH HIS CHOSEN PEOPLE, SO ALSO WILL HE DO WITH ALL WHO ARE HIS.

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