Notes: May 6, 2008 – Deuteronomy 7 & 8

How many times must they be told not to forget God? How many times must WE be told not to forget God?


Meditation Points:

  • Many people will be displaced for their sakes (7:1). Does God intervene in the affairs of men today so that He might do good for His people?
  • No covenants, no mercy and no marriages with the unsaved (7:2-3). Why? Because they will turn your heart away from the Lord (7:4). Have things changed so that this is not a problem today?
  • Don’t tolerate that paganism (7:5). I guess they never heard about sensitivity training.
  • God has chosen you to be a special people (Deuteronomy 7:6; 1 Peter 2:9-10), above all people on the face of the earth. The next time an unsaved person says that you, as a Christian, think that you are better than others, don’t deny it. It’s true!
  • But remember that God didn’t choose you because He foresaw your goodness, but rather just the opposite (Deuteronomy 7:7-8).
  • No fertility problems (7:14) and no foreign diseases (7:15) IF they obey (7:12).
  • When your problems seem insurmountable, remember who God is and what He has already done for you (7:17-19).
  • God doesn’t promise to solve all your problems at once (Deuteronomy 7:22).
  • Don’t have pagan art or artifacts in your home (Deuteronomy 7:25-26).
  • God allowed them to hunger so that He might feed them with bread from heaven (Deuteronomy 8:3); and that they might learn that there’s more to life than food (Matthew 4:4).
  • God is able to keep your clothes from wearing out and your feet from swelling (Deuteronomy 8:4). “How am I ever going to pay the medical bills if I get sick?” If God prevents you from getting sick, you won’t have any medical bills.
  • Disciplining our children is part of life; God disciplines His children, too (Deuteronomy 8:7; Hebrews 12:5-11).
  • Beware (8:11), lest (8:12) you say in your heart (you’d never say it out loud!), “My power and the might of my hand has gotten me this wealth (Deut. 8:17).”
  • Remember that God gives you the ability to get wealth (Deuteronomy 8:18).
  • If you forget God, you shall perish (Deuteronomy 8:19); but if you trust in Christ you shall never perish (John 3:16).