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God’s Treasured Possession

Scripture reading for February 27th: Deuteronomy 21-26

Everyone needs encouragement and God offers that to His children.  In the New Testament, He is known as a God of hope and encouragement!  (Romans 15:5-6)  His word also gives hope and encouragement to His people and as Moses ends this second message, he speaks a wonderful word of encouragement.

“You have declared this day that the Lord is your God and that you will walk in His ways, that you will keep His decrees, commands and laws, and that you will obey Him.  And the Lord has declared this day that you are His people, His treasured possession as He promised, and that you are to keep all His commands.  He has declared that He will set you in praise, fame, and honor high above all the nations He has made and that you will be a people holy to the Lord your God, as He has promised.” (Deuteronomy 26:17-19)

This conclusion sums up the covenant promises and conditions that each party verbally agreed to do.  God’s people promised to walk in God’s ways and keep His laws and fully obey Him.  They willingly offered their pledge of faithfulness.  God, Himself, adopted the Israelites as His very own people.   In fact, they were his treasured possession.  God kept them as a man would keep a very special treasure.  He would guard them and watch over them with great care.

God further promised to set His people above the other nations and give them praise and fame and honor.  This praise and fame and honor would come from their “holiness”.  They would be whole because obedience to God’s law brings perfect love and healing into our life.  Those who fully followed and obeyed the Lord would enjoy exaltation by the Lord Himself!

It is interesting to note that God’s people failed to fully keep the law.  Only Jesus Christ, the Son of God who came from this set-apart nation would be able to do this.  Because He did, He was set on high above all and given a name above every name.  (Philippians 2:8-11)  When we put our trust in Jesus Christ, we become God’s treasured possession too!  “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” (1st Peter 2:9)

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