Deuteronomy 9:6 An Understanding

Deuteronomy 9:6 (KJV)
Understand therefore, that the LORD thy God giveth thee not this good land to possess it for thy righteousness; for thou art a stiffnecked people.

God told Israel that the nation they were about to possess was, in fact greater and mightier than they were. They had: 

  • Great cities
  • Fenced walls and
  • Giant people

There was no way Israel would possess this land in their own power. They had to understand ahead of time that it was God who would defeat them. 

Further God told Israel that it was not because they were more righteous than the others that he would give them the land. It was because of the wickedness of the Canaanites they would be driven out but not because of the righteousness of Israel. They had to understand that they had not earned the privilege of being the victor. They were themselves a stiff-necked people. 

Christians today would do well to get hold of this truth. It is not because we are righteous that we earn God’s favor, power, or blessings. We don’t pay a price for His anointing. We don’t earn the ear of God through our obedience. We don’t somehow deserve His favor because we win souls or support missions. We have God’s favor, as children of God, because we have Jesus. 

The key to successful Christian living is to understand this, appreciate Jesus, and remain close to Him. 

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Deuteronomy 9:6 An Understanding

Deuteronomy 8:3 Why Bad Things Happen to Good People

Deuteronomy 8:3 (KJV)
And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live.

Israel was God’s chosen nation. They were loved and blessed. God had already established that there was no nation so great as they. 

  • It was for them He had parted the Red Sea and would part the Jordan River. 
  • It was with them He had dwelt in the pillar of fire and the pillar of cloud. 
  • It was through them all nations of the earth would be blessed. 

Jesus came to seek and to save the lost through the children of Israel. 

But here we are reminded that God humbled them, allowed them to suffer hunger and fed them with manna. And here we are told why. God wanted to teach them that man does not live by bread alone but by every Word of God. 

Here is the answer why bad things, hard things, difficult things happen to good people. Through those things, God blesses them with the knowledge, the realization, and the strength to live not in good things but in the truths God has given in his Word. 

A lost man might possess all the good this land can give. But he, like all of us, will eventually die. And then, in eternity he will have nothing. The Christian, like Lazarus, may suffer in this life, but in eternity, for all eternity, he will be comforted. 

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Deuteronomy 8:3 Why Bad Things Happen to Good People

Deuteronomy 5:2-3 For The Living

Deuteronomy 5:2-3 (KJV)
The LORD our God made a covenant with us in Horeb.
The LORD made not this covenant with our fathers, but with us, even us, who are all of us here alive this day.

Gill says Horeb is one of two tops of the same mount that is Sinai. 

Moses was, at this moment, near to the river Jordan. His journey with Israel was practically finished. In the next verse he specifically says that the covenant that the Lord made at Horeb was to the present generation, not to their fathers but with those who were alive at that very moment. 

But when God made the covenant, it was their fathers who were the adult generation. These standing before Moses here were children at best, perhaps not even born, when the Ten Commandments were given on Sinai. 

Here’s the lesson, the Word of God is always intended for the generation alive: living, breathing and making choices at the time. It never changes. It doesn’t adjust to fit climate, culture, or modern norms. 

But it is always relevant, and expressly for the living of the day. 

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Deuteronomy 5:2-3 For The Living

Deuteronomy 4:7 So Great A Nation

Deuteronomy 4:7 (KJV)
For what nation is there so great, who hath God so nigh unto them, as the LORD our God is in all things that we call upon him for?

The following verse reads, Deuteronomy 4:8 (KJV)
And what nation is there so great, that hath statutes and judgments so righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day? 

There has been no greater nation than Israel.[1]

  • They had God near them
  • They had God to call upon and
  • They had righteous statutes and judgments

The United States of America cannot and does not replace Israel, but we can consider the history of our nation as great, and we may continue to consider her great so long as she remains near to God, seeks Him, calls upon Him for blessing, and clings to His righteous standards and judgments. 

Our nation is no longer great when she turns away from Him. 


[1] Remember, at this point in their history they didn’t even possess a land. 

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Deuteronomy 4:7 So Great A Nation

Deuteronomy 1:43 A Presumptuous Sin

Deuteronomy 1:43 (KJV)
So I spake unto you; and ye would not hear, but rebelled against the commandment of the LORD, and went presumptuously up into the hill.

The thing that they presumed to do was the very thing that God had previously told them to do (but they would not). Their presumption was that they could do what God wanted them to do without following the direction of Moses. They had disobeyed Moses in refusing to enter at Kadesh-Barnea. Here they disobeyed Moses in entering there against his counsel. The price was destruction. They were chased out as if by bees. 

Not everyone died, but many did. The survivors came home weeping before the Lord. But they had lost the ear of God through their disobedience. We learn in the Book of Hebrews that this whole episode was a lack of faith. 

And so it is today. Some, maybe most, presume to serve God. They have heard before what the will of God is, so they choose to do that, only without the direction of a man of God. It’s why so many Christians gad about from place to place. It’s as if a tiny bee is all that is required to run them off. They may survive their lack of faith and obedience but:

  • They will lose many of their loved ones 
  • They will come home weeping and
  • They will lose the ear of God in their prayers 

This lack of faith is devastating our land right now. How we need Christians to repent, turn to the Lord, connect tightly with their local church and live out their faith there.

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Deuteronomy 1:43 A Presumptuous Sin

Numbers 35:8 God Is Fair

Numbers 35:8 (KJV)
And the cities which ye shall give shall be of the possession of the children of Israel: from them that have many ye shall give many; but from them that have few ye shall give few: every one shall give of his cities unto the Levites according to his inheritance which he inheriteth.

This world is not fair. A person is wise to understand that and deal with it. But God is abundantly fair. He is gracious, bestowing rain on the evil as well as the good.[1] Christ died for all, even those whom He knows will reject Him.[2]While the world’s systems favor those of wealth and power, God is no respecter of persons.[3]

Here is a demonstration of this equality. God required of the children of Israel to provide cities for the Levites. But He specified it ought to be done fairly. Those tribes that had many were to give many. Those tribes with few were to give few. 

Tithing is a formal practice of this principle. If all give ten percent, those with more give more and those with less give less. Still, everyone gives equally in the tithe. 

The offering Paul received for Jerusalem in 2 Corinthians 8-9 is of this same nature. Though he did ask them to give bountifully,[4] it was specified that they give according to their portion.[5]

God is generous, gracious, and no respecter of persons. 


[1] Matthew 5:45 (KJV)
That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

[2] Romans 5:8 (KJV)
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
2 Corinthians 5:15 (KJV)
And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.

[3] Acts 10:34 (KJV)
Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:

[4] 2 Corinthians 9:6 (KJV)
But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.

[5] 1 Corinthians 16:2 (KJV)
Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.

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Numbers 35:8 God Is Fair

Revelation 7:17 Wiping Away Tears

Revelation 7:17 (KJV)
For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.

The Revelation twice says that God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes. 
That implies tears
Though the believer has faith, he trusts the Lord, still that which is painful hurts. 

That implies compassion 
That act of wiping away a tear is personal, intimate, and caring.

The implies promise
It is future. It is not now. 

Perhaps tears today are more appropriate than we like to imagine. 

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Revelation 7:17 Wiping Away Tears

Revelation 6:1 The Lamb and the Lion

Revelation 6:1 (KJV)
And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.

It was the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, Jesus, who had prevailed to open the seals of the book. But it was the Lamb, Jesus, who opened the first seal. There is the love of God, even in the act of bringing judgment upon the world.

When Jesus came the first time it was as the Lamb of God that take the away the sin of the world. When He comes the second time it will be as the Lion of the tribe of Judah to judge those who hold the truth in unrighteousness.

This passage serves to remind us that the Lion never loses His lamb-like qualities. “This same Jesus which was taken up … shall so come”.[1] The judge of the earth lives to love and to save. During the Tribulation, when men will be tried so terribly for their sin, the Bible teaches us the multitudes without number will be saved.[2]

In the midst of terrible trouble, even then all who will look to the Lamb will be forgiven, saved, and reconciled to God. 


[1] Acts 1:11 (KJV)
Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.

[2] Revelation 7:9 (KJV)
After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;

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Revelation 6:1 The Lamb and the Lion

Revelation 5:5 Weep Not

Revelation 5:5 (KJV)
And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

Weep not

The passage is prophetic. 
It speaks of a literal time in the future of this earth, and of the men who dwell upon it. 

The passage is of judgment. 
It speaks of a literal time when the wickedness of mankind has reached a point when it is no longer tenable to allow them to go on. 

The passage is hopeful. 
Though it speaks of a man weeping because it does not appear there is anyone to worthy to bring upon the world the judgment that must take place, his tears are wiped away when he is introduced to the Lion of the tribe of Judah – Jesus. 

The passage is prophetic, but I can see a parallel lesson for today. Evil abounds today. In our world, in our communities, in our government.

  • It seems like there is no one capable of stopping this wickedness. 
  • It seems like it might go on forever. 
  • It seems like it can only get worse and worse. 

Weep not. 

This same Jesus who will open the seals in the time of the Tribulation, is listening to our prayers today. Look up. Look to Him. Look for Him. 

He is worthy and He is coming. 

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Revelation 5:5 Weep Not

Numbers 31:8 He Failed the Fine Line

Numbers 31:8 (KJV)
And they slew the kings of Midian, beside the rest of them that were slain; namely, Evi, and Rekem, and Zur, and Hur, and Reba, five kings of Midian: Balaam also the son of Beor they slew with the sword.

Balaam attempted to walk this very fine line between obeying God and enjoying the rewards of worldliness. Although the Bible never says that he cursed Israel, it does say that he taught Israel to sin in compromise.[1] It also says he lived for reward.[2] Here it says he died with the Midianites. 

To stand with God means to separate from the world. It is not possible to be a friend of this world and a friend of God at the same time.


[1] Revelation 2:14 (KJV)
But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.

[2] Jude 1:11 (KJV)
Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.

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Numbers 31:8 He Failed the Fine Line