Remember The Lord Your God
Good Evening. Welcome to Grace Wins! Sunday night Chapel Service. Tonight we complete the four part series in Deuteronomy Chapter 8.
As we read the following verses from Deuteronomy Chapter 8. let us take a moment to consider them in the context of our American presidential election just two days away. Our nation is indeed in tremendous turmoil in this day, the very root of the problem is that as a people we have forgotten the Lord our God. To this, we the faithful remnant of the body of believers in the Lord Jesus Christ have little to no influence or control as our nation literally collapses before our eyes at the certain judgment of God upon unbridled sin in our land. As conditions deteriorate, we who are counted as true brothers and sisters in the Lord have been granted forgiveness for all of our sins as Jesus stands before us, taking that penalty upon Himself. We know better than to conform to the ways of this world, as this is only a temporary existence for us as we look forward to eternity in heaven. Lives lived apart from Christ in our nation, and indeed the lost of the world are scheduled to spend eternity apart from Christ.
Deu 8:18-20 "But you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who is giving you power to make wealth, that He may confirm His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day. (19) "It shall come about if you ever forget the LORD your God and go after other gods and serve them and worship them, I testify against you today that you will surely perish. (20) "Like the nations that the LORD makes to perish before you, so you shall perish; because you would not listen to the voice of the LORD your God.
Just as failure to praise God would lead to forgetting Him, so forgetting Him would lead to worshiping other gods. That in turn would result in certain destruction (death). If Moses’ audience wanted an example of national destruction all they needed to do was to remember the nations the Lord destroyed, namely, the kingdoms of Sihon and Og (2:26-3:11). Bible Knowledge Commentary
Deu 8:18 "But you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who is giving you power to make wealth, that He may confirm His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.
Let's bring a proper definition to the word “wealth” in the Hebrew:
From H2342; probably a force, whether of men, means or other resources; an army, wealth, virtue, valor, strength: - able, activity, (+) army, band of men (soldiers), company, (great) forces, goods, host, might, power, riches, strength, strong, substance, train, (+) valiant (-ly), valour, virtuous (-ly), war, worthy (-ily).
While we may think of wealth mainly as a vast amount of money, there are several other aspects of what this verse speaks of regarding wealth. These would include things which are worthy, virtuous, strong, and powerful.
Pro 10:22 It is the blessing of the LORD that makes rich, And He adds no sorrow to it.
a. Remember the LORD your God: In times of abundance, it is easy to forget the LORD, or to at least no longer seek Him with the urgency we once had.
b. It is He who gives you power to get wealth: We often thinking highly of our own hard work and brilliance. Yet we must see that God gives us the body, the brain, and the talent. It is all of God. Guzik
Hos 2:8 "For she does not know that it was I who gave her the grain, the new wine and the oil, And lavished on her silver and gold, Which they used for Baal.
Paul, centuries after Moses, said, "Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy" (1Ti_6:17). The more kindly God deals with us, the more we ought to remember and thank Him; but the depravity of our nature too many times causes us to be insolent under God's indulgence. Preacher Commentary Series
Deu 8:19 "It shall come about if you ever forget the LORD your God and go after other gods and serve them and worship them, I testify against you today that you will surely perish.
Just as failure to praise God would lead to forgetting Him, so forgetting Him would lead to worshiping other gods. That in turn would result in certain destruction (death). If Moses’ audience wanted an example of national destruction all they needed to do was to remember the nations the Lord destroyed, namely, the kingdoms of Sihon and Og (2:26-3:11). Biblee Knowledge Commentary
The reason we are seeing such national destruction in America today is because of our failure to praise God. This nation worships other gods; the god of self, the god of state, the god of "progressivism", the god of "mother earth", the god of materialism, and the god of acedemia and intellectualism-just to name a few. And there are many other little "g" gods being essentially worshipped today.
And it shall be, if thou do at all forget the Lord thy God,.... Either the mercies they received from him, not acknowledging they came from him, but ascribing them to themselves; or their duty to him, to whom they were so greatly obliged: and walk after other gods, and serve them, and worship them; which would be to forget him indeed, forsaking his worship, and giving homage and adoration to idols, which is what is intended by these expressions: Gill
What exactly does this verse mean by "perish"?
A primitive root; properly to wander away, that is lose oneself; by implication to perish (causatively, destroy): - break, destroy (-uction), + not escape, fail, lose, (cause to, make) perish, spend, X and surely, take, be undone, X utterly, be void of, have no way to flee.
We can see that “perish” does not necessarily mean to die, but to wander away, to lose oneself. Eve in the Garden of Eden did not die physically, but perished on a spiritual manner. A nation, or an individual who forgets God may not die an immediate physical death, but will suffer from perishing in the sense of wandering away from God.
1Sa 12:25 "But if you still do wickedly, both you and your king will be swept away."
Luk 13:3 "I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.
I testify against you this day that ye shall surely perish; by one judgment and calamity or another, as the sword, famine, pestilence, and captivity; there being nothing more provoking to God than idolatry, which so much detracts from his honour and glory: and which besides, in such a people, so highly favoured of God, it argued the basest ingratitude. Gill
Zep 1:18 Neither their silver nor their gold Will be able to deliver them On the day of the LORD'S wrath; And all the earth will be devoured In the fire of His jealousy, For He will make a complete end, Indeed a terrifying one, Of all the inhabitants of the earth.
Zep 3:6 "I have cut off nations; Their corner towers are in ruins. I have made their streets desolate, With no one passing by; Their cities are laid waste, Without a man, without an inhabitant.
These words are sobering!
So you shall perish: Pride is the greatest danger in the Christian life. It is the most Satanic of sins, because it was by pride that Satan himself fell. Satan prizes a proud believer over the most notorious sinner, because he looks at the proud believer and says, “Now there’s a man just like me!” Guzik
Deu 8:20 "Like the nations that the LORD makes to perish before you, so you shall perish; because you would not listen to the voice of the LORD your God.
As the nations which the Lord destroyeth before your face, so shall ye perish,.... Be cut off by the sword, or cast out as they were, the same sins, particularly idolatry, being committed by them. This is to be understood of the seven nations of the land of Canaan, which the Lord would be gradually destroying when Israel came into the possession of their land; and they might righteously expect the same treatment, should they be guilty of the same sins: Gill
2Ch 36:16 but they continually mocked the messengers of God, despised His words and scoffed at His prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against His people, until there was no remedy.
Welcome to America 2016!
...One of the basic themes of Deuteronomy is the demand for covenant allegiance. In emphasizing this loyalty, Moses had to expose the danger of unfaithfulness to God's covenant. The Israelites needed to learn that if as a nation they dishonored their covenant with Yahweh, they would cease to have a claim on Him. If this ever happened, Israel would be judged, the same as other nations who had disobeyed and therefore perished. Each new generation needed to grasp this fact and decide for themselves to be obedient to God. This was not a thing to be treated lightly; it was a life or death decision... Preacher
Now, I ask you this: Is our nation under judgment?
Dan 9:12 "Thus He has confirmed His words which He had spoken against us and against our rulers who ruled us, to bring on us great calamity; for under the whole heaven there has not been done anything like what was done to Jerusalem.
Have you not seen anything like these days?
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