Deuteronomy 7

You must strike the heathen nations; no covenant or marriage; destroy their altars 1
You are a special, loved people 6
The Lord is faithful; He will repay those who hate you; keep the commandments 9
If you are faithful you will be blessed; no diseases of Egyptians 12
Don't be afraid of them; great temptations 16
The Lord would send hornets to drive out the people; gradual possession 20
Burn their images; Keep abominations from you houses 25
This chapter is more than a history lesson. It shows us how to relate to false worship and about playing with the sinful things around us.
.1 ¶ When the LORD thy God shall bring thee into the land whither thou goest to possess it, and hath cast out many nations before thee, the Hittites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and mightier than thou;
 2  And when the LORD thy God shall deliver them before thee; thou shalt smite them, and utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor shew mercy unto them:
.3  Neither shalt thou make marriages with them; thy daughter thou shalt not give unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son.
 4  For they will turn away thy son from following me, that they may serve other gods: so will the anger of the LORD be kindled against you, and destroy thee suddenly.
.5  But thus shall ye deal with them; ye shall destroy their altars, and break down their images, and cut down their groves, and burn their graven images with fire.
  1 - Jebusites They held a fort, Jebus or Jerusalem.
  2 - No covenant A danger to their stability until they were better established in truth. See ex2412, nu3352.
  3 - Neither ... marriages with them This important principle is apparently not emphasized elsewhere by Moses. Compare 2co0614, ezr0912.
  5 - Groves Probably carved images.
.6  For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth.
.7  The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people:
.8  But because the LORD loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the LORD brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.
  6 - Chosen As with each of us individually, God gave the children of Abraham a special task.
  8 - Because the Lord loved you Didn't He love the Canaanites? Yes, but they had refused that love.
  8 - Oath The Lord had made a covenant. Satan induced the chosen people to rebel. He must have thought that there was no way out for the Lord. Later Daniel was shown that probation would close for the chosen people da0924. When they failed, the promises would be fulfilled to a new Israel, the Christian church mt2143, ga0328f.
.9  Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;
 10  And repayeth them that hate him to their face, to destroy them: he will not be slack to him that hateth him, he will repay him to his face.
.11  Thou shalt therefore keep the commandments, and the statutes, and the judgments, which I command thee this day, to do them.
"The people of Israel had been ready to ascribe their troubles to Moses; but now their suspicions that he was controlled by pride, ambition, or selfishness, were removed, and they listened with confidence to his words. Moses faithfully set before them their errors and the transgressions of their fathers. They had often felt impatient and rebellious because of their long wandering in the wilderness; but the Lord had not been chargeable with this delay in possessing Canaan; He was more grieved than they because He could not bring them into immediate possession of the Promised Land, and thus display before all nations His mighty power in the deliverance of His people. With their distrust of God, with their pride and unbelief, they had not been prepared to enter Canaan. They would in no way represent that people whose God is the Lord; for they did not bear His character of purity, goodness, and benevolence." (Ellen White, Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 464.)
.12 ¶ Wherefore it shall come to pass, if ye hearken to these judgments, and keep, and do them, that the LORD thy God shall keep unto thee the covenant and the mercy which he sware unto thy fathers:
 13  And he will love thee, and bless thee, and multiply thee: he will also bless the fruit of thy womb, and the fruit of thy land, thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep, in the land which he sware unto thy fathers to give thee.
 14  Thou shalt be blessed above all people: there shall not be male or female barren among you, or among your cattle.
.15  And the LORD will take away from thee all sickness, and will put none of the evil diseases of Egypt, which thou knowest, upon thee; but will lay them upon all them that hate thee.
  14 - Barren Fertility was considered a great blessing.
  15 - Take away sickness As they followed the health laws which the world today tends to ignore, God would add His blessing. It's a blessing we may claim today as well.
.16  And thou shalt consume all the people which the LORD thy God shall deliver thee; thine eye shall have no pity upon them: neither shalt thou serve their gods; for that will be a snare unto thee.
.17  If thou shalt say in thine heart, These nations are more than I; how can I dispossess them?
 18  Thou shalt not be afraid of them: but shalt well remember what the LORD thy God did unto Pharaoh, and unto all Egypt;
.19  The great temptations which thine eyes saw, and the signs, and the wonders, and the mighty hand, and the stretched out arm, whereby the LORD thy God brought thee out: so shall the LORD thy God do unto all the people of whom thou art afraid.
  16 - Gods ... a snare Rather "... a bait."
  18 - Not be afraid Their fathers 40 years earlier had claimed that they could not take the land nu1435. They did not trust God and were not ready to enter he0312,19.
.20  Moreover the LORD thy God will send the hornet among them, until they that are left, and hide themselves from thee, be destroyed.
 21  Thou shalt not be affrighted at them: for the LORD thy God is among you, a mighty God and terrible.
 22  And the LORD thy God will put out those nations before thee by little and little: thou mayest not consume them at once, lest the beasts of the field increase upon thee.
 23  But the LORD thy God shall deliver them unto thee, and shall destroy them with a mighty destruction, until they be destroyed.
.24  And he shall deliver their kings into thine hand, and thou shalt destroy their name from under heaven: there shall no man be able to stand before thee, until thou have destroyed them.
  20 - Send the hornet But rarely did the Israelites claim this promise. They fought in battle and often many of them were killed. Are we the same? Do we turn to the word and claim the divine promises 2pe0104.
.25  The graven images of their gods shall ye burn with fire: thou shalt not desire the silver or gold that is on them, nor take it unto thee, lest thou be snared therein: for it is an abomination to the LORD thy God.
 26  Neither shalt thou bring an abomination into thine house, lest thou be a cursed thing like it: but thou shalt utterly detest it, and thou shalt utterly abhor it; for it is a cursed thing.
  26 - Cursed thing Cf. 1ki2042.
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