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I Love Deuteronomy

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I have always loved Deuteronomy. In fact the Lord used this book as a key instrument in my own conversion. Deuteronomy is a book of the Law and reveals the holiness of God. Reading it will instill the deep fear of the Lord in a person.

 

But according to the Text, did Israel receive God's favor because they were obedient to the Law and deserved it? No, God declared to the Israelites three times that the "Lord your God is NOT giving you this good land to possess because of your righteousness, for (He said) you are a stubborn people." But rather the reason that He says He blesses them is to confirm the word of promise and grace that the Lord swore to to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. (Deut 9:5-6)

 

And while the first 28 chapters of the book give God's holy law and declares that they will be blessed and righteousness if they obey but cursed if they disobey. Yet were they able to obey it? No, as Joshua said, they will not obey because God is holy. (Joshua 24:19) Furthermore, in Deuteronomy 29:4, after the giving of the law, God declares, "But to this day the LORD has not given you a heart to understand or eyes to see or ears to hear." So what were they to do? Not only was God's promise based on the favor he showed to Abraham but also He promised them that "the Lord your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your offspring, so that you will love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live." (Deuteronomy 30:6) It is grace that would make the children of promise willing to obey, apart from which, there would naturally be only stubborn hardness of heart.

 

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'The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom:

a good understanding have all they that do His commandments:

His praise endureth for ever.'
(Psa 111:10)  

 

Hello there,

 

I love the book of Deuteronomy too.  

 

Thankfully, the fear of the Lord is 'the beginning' of wisdom, and not the 'end'.

 

'Thus saith the LORD,

.. Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom,

....neither let the mighty man glory in his might,

...... let not the rich man glory in his riches:
But let him that glorieth glory in this,

.. that he understandeth and knoweth Me,

.... that I am the LORD

...... which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness,

........ in the earth:

for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.'
(Jeremiah  9:23-24)

 

Praise God!

 

In Christ Jesus

Chris

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On 7/7/2017 at 10:22 PM, William said:

I have always loved Deuteronomy. In fact the Lord used this book as a key instrument in my own conversion. Deuteronomy is a book of the Law and reveals the holiness of God. Reading it will instill the deep fear of the Lord in a person.

 

But according to the Text, did Israel receive God's favor because they were obedient to the Law and deserved it? No, God declared to the Israelites three times that the "Lord your God is NOT giving you this good land to possess because of your righteousness, for (He said) you are a stubborn people." But rather the reason the He says He blesses them is to confirm the word of promise and grace that the Lord swore to to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. (Deut 9:5-6)

 

And while the first 28 chapters of the book give God's holy law and declares that they will be blessed and righteousness if they obey but cursed if they disobey. Yet were they able to obey it? No, as Joshua said, they will not obey because God is holy. (Joshua 24:19) Furthermore, in Deuteronomy 29:4, after the giving of the law, God declares, "But to this day the LORD has not given you a heart to understand or eyes to see or ears to hear." So what were they to do? Not only was God's promise based on the favor he showed to Abraham but also He promised them that "the Lord your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your offspring, so that you will love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live." (Deuteronomy 30:6) It is grace that would make the children of promise willing to obey, apart from which, there would naturally be only stubborn hardness of heart.

 

Source: https://www.monergism.com/blog/i-love-deuteronomy

'Therefore say unto the house of Israel,

.. Thus saith the Lord GOD;

.... I do not this for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for mine holy name's sake,

...... which ye have profaned among the heathen, whither ye went.
And I will sanctify My great name, which was profaned among the heathen,

.. which ye have profaned in the midst of them;

.... and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, saith the Lord GOD,

...... I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes.'

(Eze 36:22-23)  


'For I will take you from among the heathen,

.. and gather you out of all countries,

.... and will bring you into your own land.
Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean:

,, from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.'

(Eze 36:24-25) 

 
A new heart also will I give you,

.. and a new spirit will I put within you:

,,,, and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh,

...... and I will give you an heart of flesh.
And I will put My spirit within you,

.. and cause you to walk in My statutes,

.... and ye shall keep My judgments, and do them.'

(Eze 36:26-27)  


'And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers;

.. and ye shall be My people, and I will be your God.
 .... I will also save you from all your uncleannesses:

and I will call for the corn, and will increase it,

,, and lay no famine upon you.
,,,, And I will multiply the fruit of the tree,

,,,,,, and the increase of the field,
,,,,,,,, that ye shall receive no more reproach of famine among the heathen.'
Then shall ye remember your own evil ways, and your doings that were not good,

,, and shall lothe yourselves in your own sight for your iniquities and for your abominations.

(Eze 36:8-30)

 

Not for your sakes do I this, saith the Lord GOD, be it known unto you:

.. be ashamed and confounded for your own ways, O house of Israel.
.... Thus saith the Lord GOD;

...... In the day that I shall have cleansed you from all your iniquities

........ I will also cause you to dwell in the cities

.......... and the wastes shall be builded.
............ And the desolate land shall be tilled, whereas it lay desolate in the sight of all that passed by.
And they shall say,

.. This land that was desolate is become like the garden of Eden;

.... and the waste and desolate and ruined cities are become fenced, and are inhabited.

...... Then the heathen that are left round about you shall know

........ that I the LORD build the ruined places, and plant that that was desolate:

.......... I the LORD have spoken it, and I will do it.'

(Eze 36:32-36) 


'Thus saith the Lord GOD;

.. I will yet for this be enquired of by the house of Israel, to do it for them;

.... I will increase them with men like a flock.
...... As the holy flock, as the flock of Jerusalem in her solemn feasts;

........ so shall the waste cities be filled with flocks of men:

.......... and they shall know that I am the LORD.'

(Ezekiel 36:37-38) 

 

Praise God!

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