Why has the Lord Done this for Us?
Remember what the Lord has done for you—and why he has done it.
There are portions of the Scripture that teach truth propositionally. They directly state truth claims. You'll find that, for instance, in the Psalms, in the Gospels, in the Epistles—but two-thirds of the Bible is history, story, narrative. In proposition, you can analyze words, phrases, and sentences. In a narrative, in a story, you have to pull the lens back, if you will, and get the whole story. As a result, there are times you can't analyze. You have to summarize certain sections of the Scripture.
We'll do that today, with God's help, as we take two hefty chapters of Deuteronomy that encompass one major theme. Deuteronomy 9-10 will be our text for the day.
(Read Deuteronomy 9:1-6)
These two chapters answer a big question: "Why has the Lord done this for us?" That's what I want to talk about today. "Why has the Lord done this for us? Lord, why me?" Have you ever heard this question? Have you ever asked this question? It is natural to ask "Why me?" in seasons of adversity. It is godly to ask this question during seasons of prosperity. That's the heart of the text before us. We find ourselves in the midst of Moses' second farewell address to the children of Israel before they cross over into the land of Canaan.
In chapter eight, Moses points the people back to remember God's faithfulness in the wilderness so they will not forget the Lord when they cross over into the blessings of Canaan. Now in Deuteronomy 9-10, he will point them forward. He says to them that when they experience and receive the blessings the Lord has for them in the days to come, they need to not only remember who did it for them, but they also need to remember why he did it.
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H.B. Charles is the Pastor-Teacher at the Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida.