This week is the second of a three-week series titled “Lest we forget”. Deuteronomy chapters 6, 7, and 8, will be our text.
The key verse is Deuteronomy 6:12, which states, “Then beware lest thou forget the LORD, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.”
The children of Israel are getting ready to go into the promised land. Moses wants them to remember what has taken place in the last 40 years. He does not want them to forget.
This week we will look at Deuteronomy 7. Possessing the land.
Battle is the Lords (17-24)
“If thou shalt say in thine heart, These nations are more than I; how can I dispossess them? 18Thou shalt not be afraid of them: but shalt well remember what the LORD thy God did unto Pharaoh, and unto all Egypt; 19The great temptations which thine eyes saw, and the signs,and the wonders, and the mighty hand, and the stretched out arm,whereby the LORD thy God brought thee out: so shall the LORD thy God do unto all the people of whom thou art afraid. 20Moreover the LORD thy God will send the hornet among them, until they that are left, and hide themselves from thee, be destroyed. 21Thou shalt not be affrighted at them: for the LORD thy God is among you, a mighty God and terrible. 22And the LORD thy God will put out those nations before thee by little and little: thou mayest not consume them at once, lest the beasts of the field increase upon thee. 23But the LORD thy God shall deliver them unto thee, and shall destroy them with a mighty destruction, until they be destroyed. 24And he shall deliver their kings into thine hand, and thou shalt destroy their name from under heaven:there shall no man be able to stand before thee, until thou have destroyed them.”
God tells the children of Israel He will fight for them. He tells them not to be afraid. Why? First, He reminds them what He did to Pharaoh. He delivered them from the Egyptians. Second, He will send hornets to destroy their enemies. Third, He will be among them. Fourth, He would deliver and destroy their enemies. That should make them secure.
However, the caveat to all this is faith in the one making the promises. Did Israel believe God would fight for them? Would they obey God and follow His instructions for success?
We, as believers in Christ, must answer those same questions. Is the God we serve able to fight our battles for us? Will we let Him?
Destroy Graven Images (25-26)
“The graven images of their gods shall ye burn with fire: thou shalt not desire the silver or gold that is on them, nor take it unto thee, lest thou be snared therein: for it is an abomination to the LORD thy God. 26Neither shalt thou bring an abomination into thine house, lest thou be a cursed thing like it: but thou shalt utterly detest it, and thou shall utterly abhor it; for it is a cursed thing.”
Israel was warned not to have anything to do with the graven images or idols that would take their focus from the Lord God. They were to be burned.
We have our own “graven images”. Anything that is more important to us than God is to be destroyed. It distracts us from wholly worshipping God.
GOD WILL FIGHT OUR BATTLES
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001