The Lord underscored the importance of not participating in the heathen practices of the nations the Israelites were sent to conquer. His people were not to intermarry with the nations but were to sustain their separate identity as a holy community that was dedicated to God. They were to remain “a people for His own possession out of all the peoples on the face of the earth.” The Lord reminded them that He did not set His love on them because of their size or virtue, but because He simply chose to do so. His desire was to bless them in all ways, but this would depend on whether they remained faithful to Him.
Reading of Deuteronomy
Lord, I am thankful that the love You bestowed on Your people was not elicited by anything they had achieved or merited. Since Your love is unearned, I cannot diminish or increase it, and therefore I am secure in Your grace.
Meditation passage for today: verses 6-9
Taken from "Handbook to Scripture—365 Key Chapters of the Bible"
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