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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

God’s Love, His Word, His Holiness! His plan! it’s mind blowing!

God’s Love, His Word, His Holiness! His plan! it’s mind blowing! 

Some thoughts from the book of Deuteronomy..

The Book of Deuteronomy is the bridge between the first four books (outside the Land) and the next seven books (inside the Land). It contains the Sh’ma: the Great Commandment.

“Hear O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord:
and thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with
all thy soul, and with all thy might.” Deuteronomy 6:4,5.

There are more quotes by Jesus from Deuteronomy than from any other book. Through Moses, God set such a high standard for the people that all subsequent prophets lived under his shadow, never attaining to it, until the coming of the Lord Yeshua, Jesus Christ.

So these  collections of Moses sermons was repetition of God’s law to the people before they entered the Promised Land!

So what did they have to do to enter the Promised Land?

Deuteronomy 30:20 “That thou mayest love YHWH  your God, and that you may obey His voice, and that you may cleave unto Him: for He is your life, and the length of your days: that you may dwell in the land which the LORD swore unto your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.

Over and over again Moses traced the work of salvation which God was accomplishing through him to the promises sworn unto Abraham (v.20). The apostle Paul, in speaking about salvation in New Testament terms, makes use of this appeal by Moses (Deuteronomy 30:10-20) in Romans 10:1-21, Jesus (John 3)!

So here Israel is faced  with a key decision - To love God so wholeheartedly that they will live in accordance with God’s revealed will as outlined in His written revelation, the Torah!

We are not under the law and THANK GOD and PRAISE Him for that! BUT we are called to the same wholeheartedness! God has given us far more blessings than He has enumerated on  the blessings side  in Mt. Gerizim.. (Deuteronomy 28).  Because all these things there were a shadow in a sense compared to all the blessings we enjoy here, the freedoms we have,  the love, the abundance, and the revealing of God’s Word.. They had the Torah, the book of Moses, we have much more, they could anticipate the Messiah only by faith, only as a dream on the Horizon! We can see the Messiah as something completed.. He did come, He was the son of David, He was born and raised in Nazareth  and He fulfilled over 100 specifications in His death alone! He died for our sins, He was buried,  He rose again  on the 3rd day! The core achievement was the  crucifixion of Christ! This  was not a tragedy, it was an achievement by the ruler of the universe to demonstrate  His ultimate love.
 God knew  that  Israel would fail and provided for that failure.. God knew that we can’t perform and will also fail!  He knew if He left man alone that he would get himself in a  predicament that  nothing less than the death of God would prevail to extricate men from that predicament..
And He laid out His whole plan of redemption which involved God entering into His creation and fulfilling the requirement of His righteousness and paying the price so that He could extend His grace and mercy and forgiveness to us by our accepting what He has done on faith.. And that’s His only requirement that we trust Him. He finds a different way, every day probably, to asks us the question “Do you really trust Me?” .
He challenges us in blessings!  Do we keep our eyes on the source of the blessings? He challenges us in darkness, in  the valleys.. In fact those valleys are often a primary call to intimacy with Him.

But what He is looking for is not us following rules and regulations.. that’s not what Deuteronomy  is about.. It’s us having wholehearted devotion to Him and to walk moment by moment,  hand in hand  with Him.. Not asking Him to bless what we are doing, but for us to do what He is blessing..

Deuteronomy, a challenging book! It has shown me that the  Law itself is a mechanism by which we can demonstrate our love for Him.. That’s what it’s all about! It’s a love relationship!

Heavenly Father, Thank you Your Words! I thank You that You are a Holy God and a keeper of  Your promises and that  those promises take their climax in the person of JESUS CHRIST! And in His Person we have access to You .. In His person You can ascribe His righteousness to us..
Thank you for Your incredible plan of redemption that You executed on our behalf that we might have life, that we have the  law fulfilled in JESUS CHRIST,  that we have  His holiness ascribed to us and in His perfection we have fellowship with You!  How can we possibly comprehend what you’ve done for us..
Forgive us Lord and especially our ingratitude when we fail to acknowledge that every good thing comes from Your hand, blessings we can’t even number.. Forgive also our sins of presumption as we  continually seek our own way rather than discern  Your way..
Help us to  understand what you want us to do these days.. Help us to become a living sacrifice for Your Glory!  .. Help us Father to fulfil Your purpose in our lives rather than continue to follow our own design.

Thank You that You love us so  much  and You provided redemption to bring us here to this point in time.. Please continue to feed us and increase our appetite for Your word and to more fully comprehend the incredible blessings provided  in JESUS CHRIST..  We pray that through your Holy Spirit and Word we might be pleasing in Your sight and more fruitful stewards as we commit our life into Your hands once again!  In the Name of Yeshua! Amen!!! 

✿◠‿◠) Hallelujah ♫♪♫♪

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