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Sunday, October 14, 2012

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This chapter contains some of the blessings, and they are incredibly powerful. But the temptation has been and always will be to seek the blessings and not seek God. At least Jesus’ advice leaves us with the right perspective: “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:33).

Choices, choices - this is Moses’ last message. He is an old man. With pathos he says, “If you diligently obey the voice of the LORD…” (v. 1). The word “if” looms large. Moses is urging the nation to make the right choice. The covenant God made with Israel contained three major features: The law, the sacrifice, and choice.

The idea behind choice is that God was determined to reveal Himself to the world through Israel. He would do this either by making them so blessed that the world would know only God could have blessed them so; or by allowing the consequences of disobedience to curse them so badly that the world would know that surely heaven was against them. The choice was up to Israel.

God’s purpose in blessing Israel was greater than just enriching the nation for its own sake.

The difficulty for us, when we are obviously blessed, is that we leave the impression we did it ourselves. It is God who "gives every good and every perfect gift." (James 1:17)

John Ash
Chinese Union Mission
Hong Kong