Love is in the air. Valentine’s day is Thursday.
God reserved His greatest love for His covenant people, Israel. It is an unconditional love.
“The Lord did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people:8 But because the Lord loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the Lord brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.” (Deuteronomy 7:7-8)
What was the “oath” or covenant that God had sworn? That is what we will be looking at this week.
The Abrahamic covenant, God’s command to love the Lord, Israel’s rebellion, and God’s compassion, love, and restoration of Israel.
God’s command to love the Lord (Deuteronomy 6:4-7)
“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord:5 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.”
It was God’s desire that His covenant people, Israel, would love Him. He wanted them to obey His words, teach them to their families, and speak of them during their days.
How did they do? Tomorrow we will find out.
Till then, how are we doing with loving, obeying, teaching, and proclaiming God’s word?
If we truly love the Lord, that will motivate us to obey His word, teach our families and others, proclaim God’s Good News to a lost and dying world.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001