7“The Lord did not love you and choose you because you outnumbered other peoples; you were the smallest nation on earth. 8But the Lord loved you and wanted to keep the promise that he made to your ancestors. That is why he saved you by his great might and set you free from slavery to the king of Egypt. 9 Remember that the Lord your God is the only God and that he is faithful. He will keep his covenant and show his constant love to a thousand generations of those who love him and obey his commands, 10but he will not hesitate to punish those who hate him. 11Now then, obey what you have been taught; obey all the laws that I have given you today.
Reflection: Why choose me? Did the Israelites deserve to know the law that brings abundant life? Moses disabused them from this idea. He explains that Israel wasn’t the biggest or the best, but the beneficiaries of God’s love. God has shown this love in rescuing them from captivity in Egypt; this is a telling illustration of how God loves people by saving them from disaster and loss. He’s a lover who saves and a saviour who loves. He’ll keep his promise on this, but Moses urges Israel to
return the love by obedience.
Question: Do you think of yourself as deserving or undeserving of God’s favour?
Prayer: Thank you Lord for setting your affections on Israel and all who have benefited from your revelation to them (including me). Thank you for saving the powerless from the powerful, and from ourselves. Amen.
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