Privileges And Responsibilities

Deuteronomy Chapter 7

In this chapter we have, as it were, the pomegranates of promise and the bells of warning hanging from the robe of our great High-Priest. Let us note-

I. The Privileges of the Lord's People. They are-

1. Chosen. "The Lord thy God hath chosen thee" (Deuteronomy 7:6). Chosen in Christ (Eph 1:4). According to God's purpose (Rom 8:28; 1Pe 1:2-9).

2. Redeemed. "The Lord redeemed you out of Egypt" (Deuteronomy 7:8). Redeemed by blood (1Pe 1:18-19). From the curse of the law (Gal 3:13). To God (Rev 5:9).

3. Assured. "Know that thy God is the faithful God" (Deuteronomy 7:9). He is faithful that has promised. "These things have I written that ye may know" (Joh 5:13).

4. Favoured. "Blessed above all people" (Deuteronomy 7:14). They have light in their dwelling (Exo 10:23). All the wheels of providence work together for their good (Rom 8:28).

5. Preserved. "The Lord will put none of the diseases of Egypt upon thee" (Deuteronomy 7:15). The diseases of Egypt were the fruits of unbelief (Exo 9:14; Heb 12:6-7).

6. Honoured. "The Lord thy God is among you" (Deuteronomy 7:21). "I will dwell in them, and walk in them" (2Co 6:16). And Christ dwells in our hearts by faith (Eph 3:17).

7. Powerful. "No man shall be able to stand before thee" (Deuteronomy 7:24). Stephen, being full of the Holy Ghost, "they were not able to resist the Spirit by which he spake" (Act 6:10; Mic 3:8; Act 1:8).

II. The Responsibilities of the Lord's People.

There must be-

1. No Compromising with the Enemy. "Make no covenant with them," etc. (Deuteronomy 7:2-3). "Be not unequally yoked" (2Co 6:14). Beware of the modern Gibeonites (Jos 9:6; see Exo 10:24-26).

2. No Connivance at False Worship. "Ye shall destroy their altars," etc. (Deuteronomy 7:5). The Christian faith is iconoclastic. Earnestly contend for it. It was when the Ark was set by Dagon that Dagon fell (1Sa 5:2-3; Joh 12:32).

3. No Swerving from the Divine Command. "Thou shalt keep the commandments which I command thee" (Deuteronomy 7:11-12). Notice the connection between Christ's "commandments," "sayings," or "words," and love in Joh 14:21, Joh 14:24, Joh 14:31; Joh 15:9-17.

4. No Fearing the Face of Man. "Thou shalt not be afraid of them" (Deuteronomy 7:18). The fear of man ensnares our liberty (Gen 12:12) and grieves the Spirit. Have the boldness of Peter and John (Act 4:19-20).

5. No Coveting the Riches of the World. "Thou shalt not desire their silver or gold" (Deuteronomy 7:25-26). Paul coveted no man's silver (Act 20:33). How many have erred from the faith through this? (1Ti 6:10). Covet earnestly the best gifts (1Co 12:31).

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