Deuteronomy 7:17-18 Remember. And Trust Him

Deuteronomy 7:17-18 (KJV)
If thou shalt say in thine heart, These nations are more than I; how can I dispossess them?
Thou shalt not be afraid of them: but shalt well remember what the LORD thy God did unto Pharaoh, and unto all Egypt;

When they were afraid Israel was to remember what God did in Egypt:

  • The plagues he put upon the Egyptians
  • The afflictions he set even upon Pharaoh
  • The destruction that happened at the Red Sea

This was a new generation that had not seen those things with their own eyes. They had happened forty years previous. They were only stories their parents had passed down to them. But they still applied.

Whenever we face:

  • Fears
  • Anxiety and
  • Overwhelming circumstances

the way to move passed them is to remember what God has done for His people before.

Certainly we ought to reflect on our own past victories but we don’t have to rely on them alone.

  • What God did for Israel was just as much for us.
  • What God did in the New Testament churches He did as if we were there.
  • What God did for Christians in all ages, he did on our behalf.

We may remember them and realize this God is our God.

When we are afraid, or anxious or struggling with doubt, remember.

And trust Him.

 

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Deuteronomy 7:17-18 Remember. And Trust Him

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Deuteronomy 6:1-2 What, Why and What If?

Deuteronomy 6:1-2 (KJV)
Now these are the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments, which the LORD your God commanded to teach you, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go to possess it:
That thou mightest fear the LORD thy God, to keep all his statutes and his commandments, which I command thee, thou, and thy son, and thy son’s son, all the days of thy life; and that thy days may be prolonged.

The Mosaic Law is generally divided into three groups:

  • Moral
  • Civil and
  • Judicial

We can see each of these represented in the terms:

Commandments
What we are to do.

Statutes
Why we are to do them.

Judgments
The consequences, good or bad.

We are to learn these commandments, statutes and judgments and we are to live them and teach them to our children so that there will come a day when they ask us about them.

Notice that there is a change in terminology between verse one and verse twenty. The commandments we were given become testimonies for our children. They have witnessed us, as their parents, living out these commandments.

For the Christian family, obeying the Bible is not a “have to”. It is simply what we do. Our children grow up with them. This is no excuse to be lazy about them. When our kids ask, “Why” we ought to know the reasons and we ought to be willing to teach them.

 

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Deuteronomy 5:3 Something Old, Something New

Deuteronomy 5:3 (KJV)
The LORD made not this covenant with our fathers, but with us, even us, who are all of us here alive this day.

God did make a covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob but it was different than this Mosaic covenant. God never annulled His promises to them but added to and refined them for Israel. He did the same thing in the New Testament. By giving us a new covenant God did not dispose of the previous. He fulfilled it in Jesus. Our covenant is predicated upon the other.

There is, I think, an application to be made to the individual. What God wants to do in our lives is:

  • Current
  • Personal and
  • Unique

but it is not isolated. Neither does it depart from what was accomplished in our brethren of the past. It builds upon it. It has its foundation in God’s work in the Old Testament, New Testament and church history.

We have:

  • Our own call
  • Our own challenges and
  • Our own culture in which we serve the Lord

but in addressing those differences we must not abandon what our fathers laid for us.

 

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Deuteronomy 3:26 Stop It

Deuteronomy 3:26 (KJV)
But the LORD was wroth with me for your sakes, and would not hear me: and the LORD said unto me, Let it suffice thee; speak no more unto me of this matter.

This is Moses. There has never been one so meek, yet so anointed of God. No one else has ever spoken to God face to face as Moses did. The prayers of Moses on behalf of Israel were passionate, fervent and especially effective.

Yet here God silenced him. Moses was to speak to God no more of this matter.

The New Testament encourages importunate prayer. We ought to pray and keep praying until we get that which we pray for, or until God says, “No.” Until God tells us to speak no more to Him about it.

I observe that Moses did not “sull up” and mope. Having heard the answer in the negative he turned his attention to what he could do, what God still told him to do.

Sometimes God says, “No.”

Just pick back up and do what you can for God.

 

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Deuteronomy 3:26 Stop It

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Deuteronomy 2:30-31 Even In The Obstacles

Deuteronomy 2:30-31 (KJV)
But Sihon king of Heshbon would not let us pass by him: for the LORD thy God hardened his spirit, and made his heart obstinate, that he might deliver him into thy hand, as appeareth this day.
And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have begun to give Sihon and his land before thee: begin to possess, that thou mayest inherit his land.

Nowhere does the Bible shy away from the idea that God hardens hearts. I think the reason that is a problem to so many is because they tend to apply it to a Calvinistic view of God choosing some to be damned forever in hell.  It would be much better to view it as God choosing our roles in His plan. He chooses that:

  • All would be saved
  • The saved would be united together in a local church for service and that
  • Those who reject salvation are judged because of that rejection

Notice that God did not turn the heart of Sihon in Israel’s favor. God could have had He chosen. That was not His choice. God could make all our obstacles vanish before our eyes and before we see them as an obstacle. He doesn’t do that always. (Could we even know how many times He has done that if He has removed them before we recognized them?) Sometimes God allows the obstacle, even chooses the obstacle for some purpose greater than our ease.

God is still God, still capable and still wonderfully good to us. We must choose to glorify Him in all things, even the obstacles.

 

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Galatians 3:1-3 Love Isn’t Agreement

Galatians 3:1-3 (KJV)
O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?
This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?

It is a foolish thought that salvation would be through faith but perfection would come by works.

Christians, who become enamored with Judaism, repeat the foolishness of the Galatians constantly these days. No matter that they call it Messianic, it is still Judaism. It is an attempt to marry the Christian faith with the dead works of Jewish law. It is exactly the thing Acts 15 is meant to extinguish and Galatians was written to teach against.

These anti-Judaism sentiments should not be confused as anti-Semitism. Christians ought to love Jews:

  • Because we ought to be a loving people anyway
  • Because our faith springs from the Jews and
  • Because God continues to this day to love Jews

Love isn’t agreement. It doesn’t demand agreement. Love demands support, encouragement and friendship but not agreement; most of all, love demands truthfulness. I love Jews enough to be truthful and tell them to:

  • Come to Christ
  • Come out of Judaism and
  • Come into a local New Testament Baptist Church

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Galatians 2:2 Discussed In Private

Galatians 2:2 (KJV)
And I went up by revelation, and communicated unto them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to them which were of reputation, lest by any means I should run, or had run, in vain.

There are some things that should be discussed only in private and that, only with those of reputation and authority. There are:

  • Questions
  • Ideas
  • Information a person might possess

that, to bring it to an open floor merely gives service to disputes.

Our founding fathers understood this.
They met in closed sessions to discuss and hammer out the details of the Constitution. They knew to make public all of the ideas that might be debated could lead to wild speculation, mass anxiety and mob action that would derail their purpose. It’s why they developed a republic rather than a pure democracy. They understood that mob rule can’t reliably create laws good for the whole.

Something similar happens in a church. I was approached this week by one of our members. This member is in charge of a function we are about to hold. Experience has taught me this person has great ideas and can be trusted. But before moving forward with the idea they have for the function they ran it passed me in private. This avoids conflict if, for whatever reason, the idea wasn’t a good on. I was able to approve (or disapprove) without making it public and we are then able to get others onboard before bringing it to the floor.

The concept is not only prudent, it is Biblical.

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Numbers 35:10-11 Cities of Refuge

Numbers 35:10-11 (KJV)
Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye be come over Jordan into the land of Canaan;
Then ye shall appoint you cities to be cities of refuge for you; that the slayer may flee thither, which killeth any person at unawares.

I have a few thoughts about these refuge cities.

First, it is interesting that this is the exact term being used by modern cities in opposition to President Trump’s policies toward illegals in our country.
Those who are most resistant to Trump are the anti Christian crowds. They are using biblical terminology and ideology to resist Biblical principles.

Second, they are declaring themselves to be refuge cities
The Biblical model is that the people as a whole appointed such cities. Modern cities are falling on a Biblical principle but abusing the principle. God won’t bless it.

Third the Biblical cities of refuge had a specific purpose.
Modern cities of refuge attempt to hide out and protect illegal aliens. This is a concept clearly instructed against in God’s Word.

Using God’s Word to disobey God’s Word is a devilish practice as old as Genesis chapter three. America needs to get a clue who is behind the liberal mentality of refuge cities (and other concepts connected with it).

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Numbers 35:10-11 Cities of Refuge

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Numbers 34:13-15 Their Reward

Numbers 34:13-15 (KJV)
And Moses commanded the children of Israel, saying, This is the land which ye shall inherit by lot, which the LORD commanded to give unto the nine tribes, and to the half tribe:
For the tribe of the children of Reuben according to the house of their fathers, and the tribe of the children of Gad according to the house of their fathers, have received their inheritance; and half the tribe of Manasseh have received their inheritance:
The two tribes and the half tribe have received their inheritance on this side Jordan near Jericho eastward, toward the sunrising.

I am sadly reminded of Jesus’ words in Matthew 6:1-5
Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.
Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:
That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.
And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

They have their reward.

  • Not that it is the best reward
  • Not that it is the reward God would have had for them
  • Not that they would forever be happy with this reward

but they now have it. There is no further reward available for them. They demanded their “inheritance” before it was due and now there is no more inheritance for them.

What a sad choice when we choose some seen, tangible but temporal thing and loose any hope of unseen, spiritual but eternal riches.

 

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Numbers 34:13-15 Their Reward

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2 Corinthians 12:1 Bragger!

2 Corinthians 12:1 (KJV)
It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord.

Paul had been plain and transparent about:

  • God’s call
  • God’s power in Paul
  • The work he had done in that power of God, and even in
  • The things he had suffered for Christ’ cause

But he changes course here and boldly proclaims, “It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory.” About his next subject he could not boast.

There is a difference between puffing up self and sharing testimonial anecdotes and illustrations. Every Christian ought to study to know that difference.

  • We ought to recognize it in others. More importantly
  • We ought to know it in self

To give testimony as to God’s hand and the lessons learned in one’s life can be a great help to others.

To brag about ourselves for the praise, approbation and acknowledgement of others is inappropriate and unbecoming a child of God.

 

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