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FRAMEWORKS: Deuteronomy

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FRAMEWORKS: Deuteronomy 7: Make Sure you Clear the Land



Part 2: Ch.5-11 Moses brings Encouragements

Ch.5 – Reminders of the Ten Commandments

Ch.6 – Remember & Keep the Commands

Ch.7 – Make Sure you Clear the Land

Ch.8 – Helps to Remember the Lord

Ch.9 – Recognise your Vulnerability

Ch.10 – Reassurances

Ch.11 – More Encouragements


v.1,2 General Command: Drive Out the Nations

v.3,4 Make Sure you stay Separate from them

v.5,6 Clear out all signs of false worship

v.7,8 Never forget your background

v.9-12 God is Faithful to Followers, but Fearful for Failures

v.13-15 His Goal is to Bless you in every way possible

v.16-19 So you must clear out the occupants

v.20-24 He will drive them out, you must chase them out

v.25,26 Therefore destroy their idols and detest them



v.1,2 General Command: Drive Out the Nations


v.1 When the Lord your God brings you into the land you are entering to possess and drives out before you many nations—the Hittites, Girgashites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites, seven nations larger and stronger than you—

v.2 and when [i] the Lord your God has delivered them over to you and [ii] you have defeated them, then [iii] you must destroy them totally. [The Hebrew term refers to the irrevocable giving over of things or persons to the Lord, often by totally destroying them; also in verse 26] Make no treaty with them, and show them no mercy.


[Notes: The negatives about the Promised Land is that it is full of small pagan nations who have become even more pagan since the days of the Patriarchs. This means they are full of superstitious, occult worship of unreal deities in the form of wooden or metal idols. This chapter is about facing that reality and getting rid of it. The first stop is to get rid of the people. Again and again the scriptures say that God will drive them out. Destruction is only necessary if they refuse to go – but go they must!]



v.3,4 Make Sure you stay Separate from them


v.3 Do not intermarry with them. Do not give your daughters to their sons or take their daughters for your sons,

v.4 for they will turn your children away from following me to serve other gods, and the Lord's anger will burn against you and will quickly destroy you.


[Notes: We've already seen in the case of the Midianite women [Num 25], the men of Israel are susceptible to the lure of the local women! But you are a holy people, with all the amazing blessings that goes with that as we'll see, but those blessings come with holiness and these are not holy people in this land!]



v.5,6 Clear out all signs of false worship


v.5 This is what you are to do to them: Break down their altars, smash their sacred stones, cut down their Asherah poles [poles worshipped as idols] and burn their idols in the fire.

v.6   For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession.


[Notes: So having got rid of the people, get rid of all the signs of their false, idolatrous, superstitious, occult-fed, child-killing worship. You are something different!]



v.7,8 Never forget your background


v.7 The Lord did not set his affection on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples.

v.8 But it was because the Lord loved you and kept the oath he swore to your ancestors that he brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the land of slavery, from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt.


[Notes: And if you've forgotten that difference, remember your history that goes back to the Patriarchs and their experience of the Lord and His promises to them, and then your more recent history when He saved you from Egypt. You ARE a special people.]



v.9-12 God is Faithful to Followers, but Fearful for Failures


v.9 Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.

v.10 But those who hate him he will repay to their face by destruction; he will not be slow to repay to their face those who hate him.

v.11 Therefore, take care to follow the commands, decrees and laws I give you today.

v.12 If you pay attention to these laws and are careful to follow them, then the Lord your God will keep his covenant of love with you, as he swore to your ancestors.


[Notes: Never forget that you can't play around with God. He remains utterly the same, unchangeable, and so He will love and love all those with hearts set towards Him, BUT will hate and destroy all those who are determined to reject and oppose Him. This is His world! So keep the commands He has given us and He will be there for us.]



v.13-15 His Goal is to Bless you in every way possible


v.13 He will love you and bless you and increase your numbers. He will bless the fruit of your womb, the crops of your land—your grain, new wine and olive oil—the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks in the land he swore to your ancestors to give you.

v.14 You will be blessed more than any other people; none of your men or women will be childless, nor will any of your livestock be without young.

v.15 The Lord will keep you free from every disease. He will not inflict on you the horrible diseases you knew in Egypt, but he will inflict them on all who hate you.


[Notes: Realise that His love is practical and so His intention is that we will know that we are loved and blessed and that will not be just in word, but in daily experience, in the way we prosper, our flocks and harvests increase, our families increase and our health and wellbeing increases. This is our God!]



v.16-19 So you must clear out the occupants


v.16 You must destroy all the peoples the Lord your God gives over to you. Do not look on them with pity and do not serve their gods, for that will be a snare to you.

v.17 You may say to yourselves, “These nations are stronger than we are. How can we drive them out?”

v.18 But do not be afraid of them; remember well what the Lord your God did to Pharaoh and to all Egypt.

v.19 You saw with your own eyes the great trials, the signs and wonders, the mighty hand and outstretched arm, with which the Lord your God brought you out. The Lord your God will do the same to all the peoples you now fear.


[Notes: But the great danger is that we never open ourselves up to Him to receive all this because we succumb to the inhabitants of this land and their ways which are so contrary to God's design for His world. To counter that temptation, keep on reminding yourselves how God brought us here, by the miracles both in Egypt and on the way here. Even as He overcame the Egyptians, later the Amalekites, and more recently the local nations against us, so He will deal with the occupants of this land.]



v.20-24 He will drive them out, you must chase them out


v.20 Moreover, the Lord your God will send the hornet among them until even the survivors who hide from you have perished.

v.21 Do not be terrified by them, for the Lord your God, who is among you, is a great and awesome God.

v.22 The Lord your God will drive out those nations before you, little by little. You will not be allowed to eliminate them all at once, or the wild animals will multiply around you.

v.23 But the Lord your God will deliver them over to you, throwing them into great confusion until they are destroyed.

v.24 He will give their kings into your hand, and you will wipe out their names from under heaven. No one will be able to stand up against you; you will destroy them.


[Notes: Having just said He will deal with the occupants of the Land, understand He will drive them out before you, stage by stage, giving enough time for you to settle the land as you go, but your role is to make sure they go and no sign of them is left.]



v.25,26 Therefore destroy their idols and detest them


v.25 The images of their gods you are to burn in the fire. Do not covet the silver and gold on them, and do not take it for yourselves, or you will be ensnared by it, for it is detestable to the Lord your God.

v.26 Do not bring a detestable thing into your house or you, like it, will be set apart for destruction. Regard it as vile and utterly detest it, for it is set apart for destruction.


[Notes: So you are to remove every vestige of their presence when they go, destroying their idols and everything associated with that false worship – every little bit of it!]



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