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January 27, 2019

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Read (and Hear) the Bible in One Year
Christian Standard Bible for 2019

Text: Exodus 28-29
Audio: Exodus 28-29

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Deuteronomy 7 (ESV)

“When the Lord your God brings you into the land that you are entering to take possession of it, and clears away many nations before you, the Hittites, the Girgashites, the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, seven nations more numerous and mightier than you, and when the Lord your God gives them over to you, and you defeat them, then you must devote them to complete destruction. You shall make no covenant with them and show no mercy to them. You shall not intermarry with them, giving your daughters to their sons or taking their daughters for your sons, for they would turn away your sons from following me, to serve other gods. Then the anger of the Lord would be kindled against you, and he would destroy you quickly. But thus shall you deal with them: you shall break down their altars and dash in pieces their pillars and chop down their Asherim and burn their carved images with fire.

“For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. It was not because you were more in number than any other people that the Lord set his love on you and chose you, for you were the fewest of all peoples, but it is because the Lord loves you and is keeping the oath that he swore to your fathers, that the Lord has brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations, 10 and repays to their face those who hate him, by destroying them. He will not be slack with one who hates him. He will repay him to his face. 11 You shall therefore be careful to do the commandment and the statutes and the rules that I command you today.

12 “And because you listen to these rules and keep and do them, the Lord your God will keep with you the covenant and the steadfast love that he swore to your fathers. 13 He will love you, bless you, and multiply you. He will also bless the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your ground, your grain and your wine and your oil, the increase of your herds and the young of your flock, in the land that he swore to your fathers to give you. 14 You shall be blessed above all peoples. There shall not be male or female barren among you or among your livestock. 15 And the Lord will take away from you all sickness, and none of the evil diseases of Egypt, which you knew, will he inflict on you, but he will lay them on all who hate you. 16 And you shall consume all the peoples that the Lord your God will give over to you. Your eye shall not pity them, neither shall you serve their gods, for that would be a snare to you.

17 “If you say in your heart, ‘These nations are greater than I. How can I dispossess them?’ 18 you shall not be afraid of them but you shall remember what the Lordyour God did to Pharaoh and to all Egypt, 19 the great trials that your eyes saw, the signs, the wonders, the mighty hand, and the outstretched arm, by which the Lordyour God brought you out. So will the Lord your God do to all the peoples of whom you are afraid. 20 Moreover, the Lord your God will send hornets among them, until those who are left and hide themselves from you are destroyed. 21 You shall not be in dread of them, for the Lord your God is in your midst, a great and awesome God. 22 The Lord your God will clear away these nations before you little by little. You may not make an end of them at once, lest the wild beasts grow too numerous for you. 23 But the Lord your God will give them over to you and throw them into great confusion, until they are destroyed. 24 And he will give their kings into your hand, and you shall make their name perish from under heaven. No one shall be able to stand against you until you have destroyed them. 25 The carved images of their gods you shall burn with fire. You shall not covet the silver or the gold that is on them or take it for yourselves, lest you be ensnared by it, for it is an abomination to the Lord your God. 26 And you shall not bring an abominable thing into your house and become devoted to destruction like it. You shall utterly detest and abhor it, for it is devoted to destruction.

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  1. Destruction

    Eight times in Deuteronomy 7 various forms of the word "destruction" are found. 

    Deuteronomy 7:2 "…and when the Lord your God gives them over to you, and you defeat them, then you must devote them to complete destruction."

    Deuteronomy 7:4 "…for they would turn away your sons from following me, to serve other gods. Then the anger of the Lord would be kindled against you, and he would destroy you quickly."

    Deuteronomy 7:10 "…and repays to their face those who hate him, by destroying them. He will not be slack with one who hates him. He will repay him to his face."

    Deuteronomy 7:20 "Moreover, the Lord your God will send hornets among them, until those who are left and hide themselves from you are destroyed."

     Deuteronomy 7:23 But the Lord your God will give them over to you and throw them into great confusion, until they are destroyed.

    Deuteronomy 7:24 "And he will give their kings into your hand, and you shall make their name perish from under heaven. No one shall be able to stand against you until you have destroyed them."

    Deuteronomy 7:26 "And you shall not bring an abominable thing into your house and become devoted to destruction like it. You shall utterly detest and abhor it, for it is devoted to destruction."

    Of this destruction John MacArthur writes, "All the men, women and children were to be put to death. Even though this action seems extreme, the following needs to be kept in mind:

    1) the Canaanites deserved to die for their sin (Deuteronomy 9:4-5 

    2) the Canaanites persisted in their hatred of God (Deuteronomy 7:10)

    3) the Canaanites constituted a moral cancer that had the potential of introducing idolatry and immorality which would spread rapidly among the Israelites (Deuteronomy20:17-18)."

    MacArthur, J., Jr. (Ed.). (1997). The MacArthur Study Bible (electronic ed., p. 261). Nashville, TN: Word Pub.

    R.C. Sproul's study notes in the Reformation Study Bible say, "Some think that the God of the Old Testament was harsh and vengeful to decree the destruction of the Canaanites, but this is to forget that God is just. The sins of the land’s inhabitants were extreme, and the time for judgment had come. God used Israel to punish the Canaanites but warned that if Israel committed apostasy, leaving the God who had graciously revealed Himself to them, they too would perish (Deuteronomy 28:15–68). Centuries later, God used the Assyrians and the Babylonians to punish Israel."

    Sproul, R. C. (Ed.). (2015). The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version (2015 Edition) (p. 264). Orlando, FL: Reformation Trust.

    We need to remember that the New Testament also speaks of destruction:

    Matthew 7:13 “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many.

    John 17:12 "While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me. I have guarded them, and not one of them has been lost except the son of destruction, that the Scripture might be fulfilled."

    Romans 9:22 "What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction."

    1 Corinthians 5:5 "you are to deliver this man to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord."

    Philippians 1:28 "and not frightened in anything by your opponents. This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God."

    Philippians 3:19 "Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things."

    1 Thessalonians 5:3 "While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape."

    2 Thessalonians 1:9 "They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might."

    2 Thessalonians 2:3 "Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction."

    1 Timothy 6:9 "But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction."

    2 Peter 2:1 "But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction."

    2 Peter 2:3 "And in their greed they will exploit you with false words. Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep."

    2 Peter 2:12 "But these, like irrational animals, creatures of instinct, born to be caught and destroyed, blaspheming about matters of which they are ignorant, will also be destroyed in their destruction."

    2 Peter 3:7 "But by the same word the heavens and earth that now exist are stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly."

    2 Peter 3:16 "as he does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters. There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures."

    Revelation 17:8 "The beast that you saw was, and is not, and is about to rise from the bottomless pit and go to destruction. And the dwellers on earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the foundation of the world will marvel to see the beast, because it was and is not and is to come."

    Revelation 17:11 "As for the beast that was and is not, it is an eighth but it belongs to the seven, and it goes to destruction."

    Here is a good article on Got Questions with the provocative title, "Does God killing people make Him a murderer?

    I love the last sentence and will end on this note:

    "God is faithful to His word. He will destroy the wicked, and He holds 'the unrighteous for the day of judgment, while continuing their punishment' (2 Peter 2:9). But He has also promised that “the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23b)."

  2. God is promising His love, provision and protection to those He has chosen out of the whole world…because He made a promise to their father Abraham, and will keep it. 

    But I also notice the warning here to not take God’s grace for granted and ignore His commandments, which are for their good and will set them apart from all other nations. God’s people have been chosen by Him not because of anything they have done, but because He made a covenant with faithful Abraham. But lest they believe their relationship with God requires no faithfulness on their part, He warns them that a  relationship with Him is a mutual relationship. The redeemed of the Lord are called up and out of the world to live set apart to Him. 

    This is for Christians as well. We have been grafted in as a branch to the family tree of Abraham, which is Israel, the true Israel, not a country but a people, a people belonging to God. And this is by the choosing of God. Scripture says those who are in Christ are God’s elect, not because of anything we have done, but because of what He has done: offering grace and redemption to those who by faith receive the free gift of salvation purchased by the blood of Jesus Christ. We have been chosen out of the world and set apart to Him. And with that comes the call to obey Him, follow Him, and glorify Him. Jesus said in John 14:15, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” mirroring God saying in Exodus 20:6  and Deuteronomy 5:10, “but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.” 

    And the warning to those who blindly or arrogantly believe God does not care about sin is the same: 

    Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.” John‬ ‭3:36

    Let no one deceive us into a false sense of comfortability with sin and disobedience, or pat us on the head and affirm our sin while encouraging us to continue in it. God’s word is clear from beginning to end. His people are redeemed and set apart for His glory.

    Am I living set apart to Him? I will if I love Him. 

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