If I asked you to give me an Old Testament text that most clearly proclaimed the unconditional and free love of God, what would it be? As I have been leading our people through a study of God’s love in our Wednesday evening Bible Study, I believe I have come across the definitive proclamation of that love.
Deuteronomy 7:6-9 “For you are a holy people to the LORD your God; the LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth. The LORD did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any other people, for you were the least of all peoples; but because the LORD loves you, and because He would keep the oath which He swore to your fathers, the LORD has brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you from the house of bondage, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. “Therefore know that the LORD your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments;
God loves because He chooses to love. It is the same whether we consider His love in Old Testament times or in New Testament times. Consider the lives of God’s people in the Old Testament. It was plagued with chronic disobedience and marred by false worship. God’s continual chastening was upon His people. His faithfulness in spite of their unfaithfulness in the theme of this section. The reason for this is that He intended for them to be the vehicle for blessing the whole world. He endured them and continued to bless them because it was through them that He would bring the Messiah and call all people to Himself.
Isaiah 53:10-11 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, And the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand. He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, For He shall bear their iniquities.
Moses used God’s faithfulness, in spite of Israels’ severe lack of faithfulness, as a motivation for godly living.
Deuteronomy 4:36-40 Out of heaven He let you hear His voice, that He might instruct you; on earth He showed you His great fire, and you heard His words out of the midst of the fire. And because He loved your fathers, therefore He chose their descendants after them; and He brought you out of Egypt with His Presence, with His mighty power, driving out from before you nations greater and mightier than you, to bring you in, to give you their land as an inheritance, as it is this day. Therefore know this day, and consider it in your heart, that the LORD Himself is God in heaven above and on the earth beneath; there is no other. You shall therefore keep His statutes and His commandments which I command you today, that it may go well with you and with your children after you, and that you may prolong your days in the land which the LORD your God is giving you for all time.”
And what about you? God demonstrated His faithfulness from the beginning to the end of the Bible. In the face of the disobedience of His people, He continued to bless and provide that He might keep them to bring the Messiah into the world to save yet more people who rebelled against Him. Certainly, we must repent and believe that Gospel, yet how well do we conduct ourselves as the children of God? God’s faithfulness to His promise and His choice to set His love upon an unworthy people is the root of all that we have. The fruit of that should be a life devoted to His service!
Romans 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
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