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October 13, 2014

Monday

 

Deuteronomy 7:7-8

 

“The LORD did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any of the peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples, but because the LORD loved you and kept the oath which He swore to your forefathers, the LORD brought you out by a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.

 

LESSON

 

God had called on His people to acknowledge that He is the only true God and to be completely loyal to Him. In Canaan they would encounter temptations that might divert them from their fidelity. Israel was to be different from other nations because God had chosen to bless her. Likewise Christians today should deal ruthlessly with sin in our lives. Israel’s election was not due to anything in her that merited God’s favor, but only to the free choice of God to bless whom He would bless.

God’s promises to the Israelites’ forefathers and His deliverance of Israel out of Egypt were demonstrations of the love that lay behind God’s election. The motive of love comes through clearly. The reason for this love was not that its recipients were attractive but that its giver is a loving Person. “God’s people don’t live on explanations; they live on promises.”

 

Memory Verse: Judges 6:15

 

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