Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | October 8, 2014

“But I acted for the sake of My name”

Today’s Scripture comes from Deuteronomy 9:6-29.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Deuteronomy+9&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“6 “Know, then, it is not because of your righteousness that the Lord your God is giving you this good land to possess, for you are a stubborn people.  7 Remember, do not forget how you provoked the Lord your God to wrath in the wilderness;  from the day that you left the land of Egypt until you arrived at this place, you have been rebellious against the Lord.  8 Even at Horeb you provoked the Lord to wrath, and the Lord was so angry with you that He would have destroyed you.  9 When I went up to the mountain to receive the tablets of stone, the tablets of the covenant which the Lord had made with you, then I remained on the mountain forty days and nights;  I neither ate bread nor drank water.  10 The Lord gave me the two tablets of stone written by the finger of God; and on them were all the words which the Lord had spoken with you at the mountain from the midst of the fire on the day of the assembly.  11 It came about at the end of forty days and nights that the Lord gave me the two tablets of stone, the tablets of the covenant.  12 Then the Lord said to me, ‘Arise, go down from here quickly, for your people whom you brought out of Egypt have acted corruptly.  They have quickly turned aside from the way which I commanded them;  they have made a molten image for themselves.’  13 The Lord spoke further to me, saying, ‘I have seen this people, and indeed, it is a stubborn people.  14 Let Me alone, that I may destroy them and blot out their name from under heaven;  and I will make of you a nation mightier and greater than they.’”  …

25 “So I fell down before the Lord the forty days and nights, which I did because the Lord had said He would destroy you.  26 I prayed to the Lord and said, ‘O Lord God, do not destroy Your people, even Your inheritance, whom You have redeemed through Your greatness, whom You have brought out of Egypt with a mighty hand.  27 Remember Your servants, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob;  do not look at the stubbornness of this people or at their wickedness or their sin. 28 Otherwise the land from which You brought us may say, “Because the Lord was not able to bring them into the land which He had promised them and because He hated them He has brought them out to slay them in the wilderness.”  29 Yet they are Your people, even Your inheritance, whom You have brought out by Your great power and Your outstretched arm.’”  Deuteronomy Chapter 9:  Verses 6-14 and 25-29.

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Moses rightly prayed emphasizing the sake of God’s name as you can see repeatedly in bold italic font in the last paragraph of today’s Scripture.

And, God indeed acted for the sake of His name as He declared.  “But I acted for the sake of My name, that it should not be profaned in the sight of the nations, before whose sight I had brought them out (of Egypt).”  Ezekiel 20:14.

Other doctrine focuses on man for the sake of man.

Reformed Doctrine focuses on God for the sake of God.

Other doctrine seeks that man be improved.

Reformed Doctrine seeks that God be glorified.

Other doctrine asks:  “What will attract seekers in worship?”

Reformed Doctrine asks:  “How will God be glorified in worship?  What pleases God?”

When man sins, other doctrine asks:  “What is the effect on man?”

When man sins, Reformed Doctrine asks:  “What is the effect on God?”

Other doctrine simply wants man to be saved and is only interested in God’s lovingkindness.

Reformed Doctrine teaches that God’s whole purpose will be accomplished including all of God’s justice, God’s lovingkindness, and God’s righteousness.

Other doctrine wants man to be saved according to man’s desire, man’s control, and man’s glory.

Reformed Doctrine teaches that man will be saved according to God’s desire, God’s control, and God’s glory.

Other doctrine want a god who is their puppet.

Reformed Doctrine teaches that God is their Potter.


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