May 26, Reading 1 – Deuteronomy 4

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SAA Notes

Trust and obey is the way to be happy in Jesus! Hebrews 12:1824 gives you a New Testament perspective on verses 9-14. We have come to Jerusalem Above and to Jesus the mediator of the New Covenant. This greater joy is yours!

SJA Notes

“To you it was shown, that you might know that the LORD is God; there is no other besides him.”

In this sermon Moses unpacks and works through the very important ramifications of the first commandment.

“You shall have no other gods before me.”

Moses exhorts the people to hold fast to the Lord, because He is like no other god!

  1. He spoke to them out of the midst of his great fire (be in awe, what god is like the Lord).
  2. He is a consuming fire (be warned, and be encouraged).
  3. He gave them righteous statutes and rules (acknowledge them, live by them).
  4. He is a jealous God (have no other gods but Him!).
  5. He is a faithful God (He will not leave or destroy or forget His covenant with His people).
  6. There is no other god such as Him (therefore keep His statutes).

Moses is imploring the people to remember! Remember that this is the all-power, all-knowing, all-seeing, all-everywhere God. Remember Him, and do not stray. Remember what He did, who He has shown Himself to be, and do not stray.

And while the people of Israel do the very things Moses speaks about in verses 25-27, the Lord did not forget His covenant (what Moses says in verse 31).

And all of this is true for us (and of us).

God has sent Jesus, who is the vine that we as sinners can be grafted into, bringing a new covenant (Hebrews 8 delves into this), His law in our minds and written on our hearts.

“For what great nation is there that has a god so near to it as the LORD our God is to us, whenever we call upon him?”

How much do we see Jesus here then, that God would draw so near to us as to come as a babe and suffer through this life to the cross!

Hallelujah, what a Saviour!

* Gracious Lord God,

We remember You today, our great God.

There is none like You, coming close to be near to us whenever we call upon You.

There is none like You, perfect in Your trinity relationship, sending one person of Yourself to earth to be a curse that we would obtain blessing.

There is none like You.

Please help us to remember!

Amen.

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