March 1, 2017

March 1, 2017

DEUTERONOMY 5-7

Focus Verse: “For you are a holy people, who belong to the Lord your God. Of all the people on earth, the Lord your God has chosen you to be his own special treasure. The Lord did not set his heart on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other nations, for you were the smallest of all nations! Rather, it was simply that the Lord loves you, and he was keeping the oath he had sworn to your ancestors. That is why the Lord rescued you with such a strong hand from your slavery and from the oppressive hand of Pharaoh, king of Egypt. Understand, therefore, that the Lord your God is indeed God. He is the faithful God who keeps his covenant for a thousand generations and lavishes his unfailing love on those who love him and obey his commands.”

Deuteronomy 7:6-9

 

You are God’s special treasure. James calls us God’s prized possession in 1:18. No matter which way you slice it, God loves you so much. You are the apple of His eye, his favorite child, everything to Him. I could stop right there and that should be enough for anyone to reflect on and be in awe about for all of eternity. YOU are number one in God’s book. The Author of life! Creator of the universe! The Great I AM! And He has set His sights on you as the object of His affection.

Now I think any of us who have half of our wits about us would naturally ask the obvious question: why?!? Sure, there are some who might be thinking, “What’s not to love!” I’d venture a guess to say that they’re not really seeking a strong relationship with Jesus at the moment. The Gospel has a way of breaking that attitude in half once we realize we are nothing more than a broken sinner saved by grace.

The majority of us, even if we aren’t actively walking with Jesus, will wonder why God, if He really is everything He says He is, would want something as broken as us. I ask myself that question about my wife! Why would I think anything different when we are talking about the One who created all of the worlds around us?

God answers that question for us here in Deuteronomy 7:7-8. He didn’t rescue the Israelites because they had the numbers to take over the world. He didn’t rescue them because their military was top notch, their tactics light years beyond all the other nations. God flips Darwin’s theory of natural selection on it’s head and picks the lowest of all nations, the weakest, the most socially unacceptable, slaves, to become His prized possession. And all because He loves us! That’s it! That’s the only reason!

This theme is skillfully woven all the way through the Bible; God choosing the foolish things of this world to shame the wise. Why? Because the wise don’t realize they need a savior. The religious experts can’t even recognize the Messiah when He is standing right in front of them, but a group of uneducated fishermen fall to His feet.

How are you God’s prized possession? How are you his special treasure? Are you completely dependent on His love or are you trying to earn that favor? Do you need a Savior? Or can you do it on your own?

Let’s become fools for Christ today. Let’s set Him as our prized possession, let’s set Him as our special treasure, as our one and only, because that’s where He has set us. We are God’s number one even though we don’t deserve it. Doesn’t He deserve to be ours?

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