May 30, Reading 1 – Deuteronomy 9:1-10:11

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SAA Notes

Moses acts as a mediator between God and Israel time and again. Will Jesus do any less for you? Mediator: 1 Timothy 2:5, Hebrews 8:6, 9:15, 12:24 are applicable verses.

SJA Notes

We see in this passage today the same truth as in Ephesians 2:8-9,

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”

It is not our own righteousness!

It is the Lord who will drive out His enemies before Israel. It is the wickedness of the people in the land (Israel have no righteousness in that equation).

Not our own righteousness!

Moses is clear with Israel. It is nothing good in you. It is the Lord, one hundred percent, wholly and solely Him and His purposes and power.

Moses spends time pointing to the folly of Israel. Reminding them – Remember that you are broken, you are sinners. Remember! Do not forget that it is the Lord who saves you, the Lord who rescues you, the Lord who gives you victory. It is the Lord who brings you into the land flowing with milk and honey.

Never forget, always remember!

These are good words for us to hear, to wrestle with, to write upon our hearts.

We are sinners. We continue to sin. And we need to remember this.

But not to stop there!

The passage from Ephesians tells us that God is the one who saves us. Which is a hallelujah and a remember!

Further in Ephesians, Paul goes on,

“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”

Here is a deep understanding, that Jesus brings about a better covenant, one in which His Spirit is at work in each of us (dry bones, life-breathed). We have received what was promised! (Hebrews 11:39)

Praise God that He has revealed Jesus to us, and prepared good works for us!

* God Above,

Thank You for creating us in Christ Jesus Your Son.

Please help us to walk in the good works that You have prepared beforehand for us.

Strengthen us with Your strength, guide us with Your will, Your mighty hand, and write Your word upon our hearts.

Thank You Lord God!

Amen.

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