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Powered by 4 - July 27, 2012

  • 2012 Jul 27


Set Apart

today's reading.
Deuteronomy 7:1-14    "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 yourselves...

think about it.
Why does the Lord give these forceful instructions to His people here (7:1-6)? Why (7:6-11)? What are benefits of belonging to the holy Lord (7:12-14)? Would you say your life looks holy by this definition? Why or why not?

the blog.
I struggle with the instructions God gives to the Israelites in Deuteronomy 7:1-5. But then, I have to remember that this is the Old Testament and at that time, things operated and were done very differently than today. Add to that what we read in verse 6 and beyond, and things become a little more understandable. You see it's at this point (verse 6 and beyond) that God declares that the Jewish people are special. They are chosen, a treasured possession, loved and holy (set apart) to Him.

So think about this. If the Israelites moved into a pagan country, took up residence beside, had friendships with, and married people who worshipped idols and didn't believe in or follow God, how long do you think it would be before their ungodly practices and influence would start rubbing off, being accepted and then followed by the Israelites? You guessed it--not very long. God knows this and He doesn't want the Israelites to end up there.

So what does living a holy life, being set apart for the Lord, mean to you? How are you living that out today? Tami W.

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