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Forty Years Later

May 30, 2016

Forty years after standing on the banks of the Jordan and refusing the promised land, Israel was again at the borders of the promised land. This time they held possession of the lands directly east of the Jordan River. The second generation after the Exodus had seen God give victory after victory over the armies of their enemies and were ready to take the land God had given them. Before they began the conquest Moses reminded the nation of the law of God. He taught them again of how they were to act and live in that land.

Moses reminded them of the failure of their parents when they were at the same point. “Notwithstanding ye would not go up, but rebelled against the commandment of the Lord your God.” (Deuteronomy 1:26) Though God had proven Himself powerful to give them the victory, “Yet in this thing ye did not believe the Lord your God.” (Deuteronomy 1:32) So Moses warns the next generation, “Take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life.” (Deuteronomy 4:9)

Moses did not only warn. He encouraged the nation. He pointed them to the power of God. “Thine eyes have seen all that the Lord your God hath done unto these two kings: so shall the Lord do unto all the kingdoms whither thou passest. Ye shall not fear them: for the Lord your God He shall fight for you.” (Deuteronomy 3:21-22) This generation of Israelites saw God give them the victory over King Sihon and King Og. They had firsthand proof of the power and faithfulness of God. Moses assures them, “God will fight for you.” What a precious promise this is! God will fight for His people to give them all He has promised.

God had done something in Israel that He had not done in any other nation. God had appeared to Israel at Mt. Sinai. He had given them His law. He had shown His power by delivering them from Egypt and by preserving them in the wilderness. His glory had gone before them and resided in their midst. Israel was shown all these things, “that thou mightest know that the Lord He is God; there is none else beside Him.” (Deuteronomy 4:35) Moses tells them again, “Know therefore this day; and consider it in thine heart, that the Lord He is God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath: there is none else.” (Deuteronomy 4:39) God alone is God. Know this. Consider this. Do not just assume this truth. Constantly bring it to the front of your thinking. Remember it always. Let it sink deep into your heart. Let it percolate in your soul. Let this truth saturate your mind. God alone is God, God over heaven and God over earth.


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