Wednesday, 10 February 2021
Being chosen and standing firm
Deuteronomy 7:6 "For you are a holy people to Adonai your God - from all the peoples on the face of the earth, Adonai your God has chosen you to be His treasured people."
And here's the question... "What would it take to get this right?" This was spoken to Israel in the Torah, but Israel never got it right. Now, we who follow Yeshua, are grafted in (or regrafted in), but I have to ask the same question again, "What would it take to get this right?"
We are called to be "a holy people." The call is to be "Am Kadosh." This means set apart from all the other peoples of the earth. I'm afraid, there are more points of similarity than there are points of difference between the people of God and all the other people.
I like this phrase from the middle of Jacob 4:4b "Don't you know that friendship with the world is enmity with God?" Need that explained to you? 1 John 2:15-16 "Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world--the desire of the flesh, the desire of the eyes, and the boasting of life--is not from the Father but from the world."
If we get this right, Deuteronomy 7:6 promises that we will be God's "Am Seugula," His "treasured people." WARNING! Don't treat this lightly or throw it away. God is making us an offer that we must not refuse. The instruction is ... Deuteronomy 7:2b "You are to make no covenant with them ..."
We make covenant through nonaggression; we make peace treaties with the ungodly. There are plenty of Scriptures that tell us to stand fast which is the opposite of bending to make covenant. 1 Corinthians 16:13 "Be on the alert! Stand firm in the faith! Be men of courage! Be strong!"
Rabbi Michael Weiner,