Tuesday, 26 May 2020 Deuteronomy 9:1-29
“Yet they are Your people, even Your inheritance, whom You have brought out by Your great power and Your outstretched arm.” –Deuteronomy 9:29
Our reading today echoes what is written in 2Timothy 2: 13, “If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.” Faithfulness is a divine attribute—both in the Old and New Testaments we see how God dealt with His people and then how His faithfulness was revealed through His Son towards all the people in the world.
Duet. 7:9 says: “Know therefore that the LORD your God, He is God, the faithful God, who keeps His covenant ...” God’s faithfulness is not dependent on how we behave to Him; but entirely on His character! Romans 5:8 says: “But God demonstrates His own love towards us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” The promise made to Abraham, that in Him all the nations of the world will be blessed, was fulfilled by a faithful God – “… that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles.” (Galatians 3:14)
The Israelites had been walking for 38 years (Deut.2:14) and now come to the final stage. Moses wanted to remind them that their going to possess the land was not based on their righteousness, but God’s righteousness and faithfulness, ”in order to confirm the oath which the Lord swore to your forefathers….” He told them not to forget how they had provoked the Lord. (Deut. 9:7)
However, we can see a great intercessor between a faithful God and rebellious people. Deut.9:18-19: “I fell down before the Lord……. the Lord listened to me that time also.” Even as Moses was pleading for the people, he was reminding God about the promises He made to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob! (Deut 9:27). God heard the prayers of his servant Moses and spared the people and brought them to the promised land (the second generation) and they were going to conquer “great cities fortified to heaven, a people great and tall and the sons of Anakim.”(Deut 9:1.2) These were the things that their fathers said earlier, they would not be able to conquer. [Refer Numbers13:28-31] Nevertheless Caleb and Joshua said something different! Num.14:8: “If the Lord is pleased with us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us…” Then they stated something profound in Deut 9:9: ”Their protection has been removed from them, and the Lord is with us; do not fear them.”