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March 31

Deuteronomy 10, John 7:25-52

Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage:

In a passage of great beauty, thrill­ing with earnestness, Moses made a statement summarizing the truth con­cerning the requirements of God as His people entered the land. The whole revealed the fact that every­thing depended on their relationship to Him. They were to fear Him, that is reverence; to walk in His ways, that is obedience; to love Him, that is wor­ship; to serve Him, that is co-opera­tion; to keep His commandments, that is fidelity.

In order to encourage them in such attitudes and activities, he made two great declarations concerning God. The first (verses 14-16) concerned their relationship to Him. He is a great God, possessing all. He is a God of love, having delighted in their fathers and choosing their seed. In consequence of these facts they were called on to maintain the attitude of separation, in the words, "Circumcise… the foreskin of your heart."

The second (verses 17-19) declared anew the greatness of God as the Ruler of all things and of His love as it expresses itself in just dealing with the needy and the stranger. These convictions were to create their attitude toward strangers. They were to love them. Finally He made his appeal to them to fear, serve, cleave to, and swear by Jehovah their God.

G. Campbell Morgan, An Exposition of the Whole Bible (Westwood, NJ: Fleming H. Revell Co.) MCMLIX, p. 81

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