In Deuteronomy 7, Moses spoke to the people about God’s instructions for the promised land. God would clear out the inhabitants before them, so they could possess the lands. They should make no covenants with them, show no mercy to them, but to wipe them out completely. They were not to intermarry, nor to give their sons or daughters to be their wives or husbands. This was because they would turn their hearts away from God, and this would make him angry. “But thus shall you deal with them: you shall break down their altars and dash in pieces their pillars and chop down their Asherim and burn their carved images with fire” (Deuteronomy 7:5). God set apart his people as chosen and holy to inherit his covenant.
He didn’t choose Israel because they were greater in number than other nations. “but it is because the Lord loves you and is keeping the oath that he swore to your fathers, that the Lord has brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt” (Deuteronomy 7:8). This covenant was premised on the condition that his people keep his commandments. Once this condition was met, God’s blessings would remain with his people up to a thousand generations. He would repay all those who hate him and his people, by destroying them and repaying their evil works. For his children who keep his commandments, He promised to bless, multiply, bless your children, bless everything that you own and bless everything that you do.
“And the Lord will take away from you all sickness, and none of the evil diseases of Egypt, which you knew, will he inflict on you, but he will lay them on all who hate you” (Deuteronomy 7:15). Israel were commanded not to fear the inhabitants of the nations, but to remember what God did to Pharaoh. He would send plagues among them until they were completely destroyed. “The Lord your God will clear away these nations before you little by little. You may not make an end of them at once, lest the wild beasts grow too numerous for you” (Deuteronomy 7:22). The people were also instructed to burn their images and gods. They were not to covet their gold and silver, nor take it for themselves, lest it become a snare.
God kept his promises to his people and in the book of Joshua, we saw how he fought the battles for the . All the inhabitants were driven out of the land and the people dwelt in their land in safety. “And the Lord gave them rest on every side just as he had sworn to their fathers. Not one of all their enemies had withstood them, for the Lord had given all their enemies into their hands” (Joshua 21:44). Before Joshua died, he renewed God’s covenant with his people. This was to ensure that they would remember what God had promised and to also remember the commandments. As long as the people obeyed the commandments, the covenant would stand, but their disobedience would be a breach of covenant.
Published by Anneta Pinto-Young
I am a trained Social Worker who currently provides professional leadership on a programme to support Social Work students and Newly Qualified Social Workers entering the Social Work Profession.
Born and raised in Jamaica in a Christian family where my father is an ordained Pastor and Deacon who has served for over 50 years in the ministry. My father is also a trained musician and our family can be described as a musical family. I grew up in a small farming community in St. Peter’s, St. Andrew and my parents also have a small farm.
I credit my gift of writing to my father who I watched and listened to over the years as he wrote sermons, poems and other recitals in his capacity in ministry. English has always been an easy subject for me and over the years I have developed an increased interest in writing.
I am a Trainer, I sing and have a passion for worship, the spoken word and the free flow of the prophetic anointing. I am married to my best friend Andrew Christopher Young who is an advanced Musician and whose music you can find on YouTube and Facebook. I am a trained Coach and Mentor and I love experimenting with food so I love cooking. I enjoy trying cultural dishes from across the world and I view food as an entry into cultures and languages.
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March 14, 2023