“Take care lest you forget the LORD your God…”

“11Take care lest you forget the LORD your God by not keeping his commandments and his rules and his statutes, which I command you today, 12lest, when you have eaten and are full and have built good houses and live in them, 13and when your herds and flocks multiply and your silver and gold is multiplied and all that you have is multiplied, 14then your heart be lifted up, and you forget the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, 15who led you through the great and terrifying wilderness, with its fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty ground where there was no water, who brought you water out of the flinty rock, 16who fed you in the wilderness with manna that your fathers did not know, that he might humble you and test you, to do you good in the end. 17Beware lest you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gotten me this wealth. 18You shall remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your fathers, as it is this day. 19And if you forget the LORD your God and go after other gods and serve them and worship them, I solemnly warn you today that you shall surely perish. 20Like the nations that the LORD makes to perish before you, so shall you perish, because you would not obey the voice of the LORD your God. “-Deuteronomy 8:11-19

 May we give thanks to the LORD, our God, to Whom all praise is due, for the many blessings He has lavished upon us! †

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About Elizabeth

I am a sinner, saved by grace striving to increase in the knowledge of my Savior and His precious Word each day. The reader should know that there are a few presuppositions with which I approach this blog: 1) I believe in the biblical gospel, which basically purports that all mankind is born under the curse of sin (due to the sin of Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden). Therefore, man is separated from God and can have no relationship with God because He is perfectly holy, not even able to look upon sin. Unfortunately, God is also perfectly just and must not only separate Himself from sin, but must also punish it. In order to reconcile man to Himself, God, the Father, sent God, the Son, down to earth to live as a man and take our sins upon Himself on the cross. While on the cross, God, the Son, bore the full weight of the wrath of God, the Father, against our sins in order that we who believe in Him might be set free from the curse of our sin. God, the Son, Jesus Christ, died as a propitiation for our sin in order to appease God, the Father's, holy and just character, redeem us from sin, and reconcile those who believe in this gospel to God, the Father. 2) I am primarily writing to those who already believe in this biblical gospel. In other words, this blog is not focused on evangelizing the lost, but edifying believers. 3) I believe that the Christian Bible is the very word of God. Therefore, it is completely inerrant, infallible, sufficient, and authoritative in the life of a believer.
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4 Responses to “Take care lest you forget the LORD your God…”

  1. Geoff says:

    Excellent. Deuteronomy 8 is one loaded chapter. My second semester in Israel, our whole semester (15 weeks) of Men’s Bible Study was all devoted to that ONE chapter! It was excellent!

    Love you babe.

    G

  2. St. Louis Mom says:

    What a wonderful topic! I am quoting you for my bible study tonight on focusing on the Lord! You are a huge blessing, Elizabeth! Love you, Dianne

  3. Randy says:

    Elizabeth, this chapter has been one to which I return time after time after time. This passage is a powerful reminder ( and I do need reminders!) to never take the Lord’s grace and goodness in our lives for granted. How often we see the command to ‘remember” in Scripture..remember God’s works, His deliverances, His grace, His provisions, His strength, His commands, His character…and on and on.

    Deuteronomy 8 is a sobering warning. It has been a way to re-orient my internal compass often, when the ways and priorities of the world cause me to lose sight of God’s goodness and provision.

    Thanks much for this reminder.

    Randy

  4. Elizabeth says:

    Hey Guys,

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! It is so great to see your names appear in the comments & to read of the awesome wisdom that you all have gleaned from this passage :+)

    Honey, you are right… it is definately “loaded” full of deep theological truths. I could see how it would be easy to study it for an entire semester & yet still not exhaust the wisdom contained in it.

    Randy, you make such a great point: it is a very “sobering warning.” Because it is so sobering, the fear of the Lord really begins to set-in, especially as you come to the conclusion of the passage. As Proverbs states over & over again, “the fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom”. Therefore, this passage is GREAT to meditate on!

    Dianne, thank you for your encouragement! I pray that this passage will be a blessing to the women you serve in your Bible Study… keep pressing on!

    Love Yal,

    Elizabeth

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