Because of the Lord

Do we ever deserve a gift? Of course not, that’s a silly question. We receive a gift because of the kindness, generosity, and love of the gift-giver. Moses was reminding Israel of this point in our text for today in Blogging Through The Bible In 2020. Deuteronomy 7:7 says, “The Lord did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any other people, for you were the least of all people.”

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Moses is explaining Israel’s role in the world, and the purpose God had for them. God chose Israel, not the other way around. The same is true for us in salvation. It is not that we somehow chose God. Rather, He chose us and in doing so, God gave us the faith necessary to turn from our sin and turn in faith trusting Jesus’ death and resurrection was the only way we could be saved. This was an act of God’s grace. The amazing thing is why God chose Israel instead of another nation. He chose Israel to reveal His power and might. God electing Israel was a demonstration of God’s mercy and grace. It’s not that Israel deserved to be chosen by God. Rather, He did it to show that He is gracious and merciful in saving some. I heard a pastor say before, “The scandal of the cross is not that God would allow some to go to hell. The scandal of the cross is that God would save anyone in the first place.”

We should praise God and thank Him for His mercy and grace in saving a sinner such as us. He does it not because of who we are or what we could do for Him. He did it to reveal His nature and character to us. This grace comes with a great responsibility. Because God chose us, we have a responsibility to Him, to be like Him, and to represent Him to the world. We don’t do these things in order to be saved, but rather we do them because we have been saved. Let’s let our light shine bright to the world to show the amazing grace of our Lord and Savior!

By His grace and for His glory,

Pastor Justin

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