~~~~~Lesson: Deuteronomy: Chapters 7-8
In this section, Moses promises all the blessings (along with all of the curses) that will fall upon Israel if they keep or don’t keep the Lord's commands.
Later in the bible, we learn that Christians will be persecuted and that we must "carry the cross" with the Lord.
These seem, at first glance, to be a direct contradiction.
What do you think of this- are we to be blessed or to "carry the cross"? Or both? Or neither? Why?
~Reading: Deuteronomy: Chapters 7-8
(7: 1-4) "When the Lord, your God, brings you into the land which you are to enter and occupy, and dislodges great nations before you- the Hittites, X, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites: seven nations more numerous and powerful than you- and when the Lord, your God, delivers them up to you and you defeat them, you shall doom them.
Make no covenant with them and show them no mercy. You shall not intermarry with them, neither giving your daughters to their sons nor taking their daughters for your sons. For they would turn your sons from following me to serving other gods, and then the wrath of the Lord would flare up against you and quickly destroy you.
(7: 25-26) The images of their gods you shall destroy by fire. Do not covet the silver or gold on them, nor take it for yourselves, lest you be ensnared by it; for it is an abomination to the Lord, your God. You shall not bring any abominable thing into your house, lest you be doomed with it; loathe and abhor it utterly as a thing that is doomed.
Jennifer Becker Landsberger
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~~~Prayer before Writing-
Oh creator of the universe, who has set the stars in the heavens and causes the sun to rise and set, shed the light of your wisdom into the darkness of my mind. Fill my thoughts with a loving knowledge of you, that I may bring you like to others. Just as you can make even babies speak your truth, instruct my tongue and guide my pen to convey the wonderful glory of the Gospel. Make my intellect sharp, my memory clear, and my words eloquent, so that I may faithfully interpret the mysteries what you have revealed.
To my readers & fellow writers,
1. I will pray that God's grace helps illuminate all of our interactions- both those of simple reading and more active conversations.
2. I will communicate with you respectfully and civilly. These are (rightly) issues which we feel passionate about. But even in disagreements, I will respect you fellow "seekers of truth."
3. I will not fall into negative behavior or words, such as insinuations, exaggerations, blames, or personal attacks. I respectfully ask you to do the same.
4. I will pray we will all find the truth and strive to fulfill the two greatest commandments: "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these." (Mark 12:30-31)
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