“For you are a holy people to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth.
This is the reason the Lord was so insistent that they wipe out every person and thing that is opposed to His ways. God wants absolutely nothing to hinder our relationship with Him. We are called to be a holy people and a special treasure to Him. Anything contrary to His will and purposes will hurt our relationship with Him. God wants such things destroyed.
Nor shall you bring an abomination into your house, lest you be doomed to destruction like it. You shall utterly detest it and utterly abhor it, for it is an accursed thing.
Our homes must be ‘unto the Lord’. Therefore we need to guard ourselves from allowing things to come into our homes that may ultimately lead to the destruction of them. Our homes need to be a safe sanctuary for all who enter in. This is especially true for our families.
And you shall remember that the Lord your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.
One of the reasons the Lord allows us to be put into situations which test us, is to know what is in our hearts and whether or not we will keep His commandments. This is one of the reasons daily prayer and reading of the word is so important. We cannot expect to pass any of those tests which come, unless we are equipped in prayer and the word when they do come.
“And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.
We mustn’t ever forget that everything we have comes from the Lord. The moment we begin to think that we have something because of what we have done, we are heading down a dangerous path.
1 “Hear, O Israel: You are to cross over the Jordan today, and go in to dispossess nations greater and mightier than yourself, cities great and fortified up to heaven,
With the Lord on our side, there is nothing that can defeat us. He is always there to defend. I love what Paul said in Romans 8:31, “If God is for us, who can be against us?”
“Remember! Do not forget how you provoked the Lord your God to wrath in the wilderness. From the day that you departed from the land of Egypt until you came to this place, you have been rebellious against the Lord.
I think it is a good thing when we keep in mind how easy it is to provoke the Lord. In doing so, we are more apt to lean on Him with greater dependency. The more aware I am of my tendency towards to the flesh, the more I cling to the Lord. I know that this is a one of the defenses against giving into my flesh.