(Deu 9:1)Hear, O, Israel! You areto pass over Jordan today, to go in to expel nations greater and mightier than you, cities great and fenced up to heaven, (Deu 9:2)a people great and tall, the sons of the giants, whom you know and have heard it said, Who can stand before the sons of Anak! (Deu 9:3) Therefore, understand today that Jehovah your God is He who goes over before you. Likea consuming fire, He shall destroy them, and He shall bring them down before your face. So you shall drive them out and destroy them quickly, as Jehovah has said to you. (Deu 9:4) Do not speak in your heart, after Jehovah your God has cast them out from before you, saying: For my righteousness, Jehovah has brought me in to possess this land. But for the wickedness of these nations, Jehovah your God drives them out from before you. (Deu 9:5)Not for your righteousness, or for the uprightness of your heart, do you go to possess their land. But for the wickedness of these nations Jehovah your God drives them out from before you, so that He may perform the Word which Jehovah swore to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. (Deu 9:6) Therefore, understand that Jehovah your God does not give you this good land, to possess it, for your righteousness. For you are a stiff-necked people.
One of the biggest misrepresentations as well as misconceptions when it comes to Christians is that they are perfect. Nothing can be further from the truth as a matter of fact scripture says(Rom 3:10) as it is written: “There is none righteous, no not one; it also says (Rom 3:23) for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Since all of us have sinned than why do we allow those who do not know the Lord to think and feel as if they are too dirty or they have no chance of becoming one of God’s children. I believe one answer is that some christians do not show any signs of true humility. They are pious, arrogant, and look down on others. None of us are all that, none of us have arrived, and all of us still deal daily with our own pet sin or sins.
Personally I know that I’ve let God down many times in my life I am nowhere near perfect. I need God’s grace and mercy everyday. The Apostle Paul says it best (Rom 7:18) For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) dwells no good thing. For to will is present with me, but how to perform that which is good I do not find. (Rom 7:19) For I do not do the good that I desire; but the evil which I do not will, that I do.
(1Ti 1:15)Faithful is the Word and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.
(1Ti 1:16)But for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show forth all long-suffering, as a pattern to those being about to believe on Him to life everlasting.
So here we have Paul who is credited with writing two-thirds of the New Testament informing us that there is no good thing in his flesh, when he desires to do good he does evil instead, and that Jesus died to save sinners and that he was the chief of sinners. It amazes me of how we as christians myself included are shocked and awed when a major evangelist is found to have fallen into sin or are getting a divorce because of infidelity. If Paul says that he was the chief of sinners then why are we surprised. It is not about the worker it’s about the power of The Word and The Work(spreading the Gospel of Christ) Note Paul did not say that he had been the chief of sinners he said Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief (present tense). So where do we get off being so arrogant, looking down on others, looking at someone else’s short comings as being worst than yours. (Jas 2:9) But if you treat some people better than others, you have done wrong, and the Scriptures teach that you have sinned. (Jas 2:10)If you obey every law except one, you are still guilty of breaking them all. This is what many so-called christians forget we are to treat everyone the same because none of us are all that we all have sinned and will continue to do so until we leave this earth.
As we read our text above we see where Moses is informing the children of Israel that they are about to possess the promised land and it is not because they were so good or so righteous. He even lets them know that they sinned in the wilderness and were a stiff-necked people. So they just as we are today we aren’t so much. As with the children of Israel centuries ago we have what we have and achieve what we achieve because of the promises of God. It is by his Grace and his Mercy that we are able to achieve not because we are all that, not because we are so righteous ( I know I’m not) not because we have been so good. We are children of The Promise and we should never get so high or sink so low that we forget that. Let us Pray Father in heaven forgive us for being so forgetful in not remembering or realizing that it is because of your Grace and Mercy that we are alive and things are as well as they are. Help us to remember that we are in no position to look down on others to be arrogant, help us to remember to treat everyone the same from the greatest to the least in Jesus name we pray Amen. Be Encouraged and Blessed Minister Mike.