Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | October 27, 2014

“the riches of His grace which He lavished on us”

Today’s devotion comes from Deuteronomy 15:12-23.  Here is a link to this Scripture –

I quote only the following verses.

“12 “If your kinsman, a Hebrew man or woman, is sold to you, then he shall serve you six years, but in the seventh year you shall set him free.  13 When you set him free, you shall not send him away empty-handed.  14 You shall furnish him liberally from your flock and from your threshing floor and from your wine vat;  you shall give to him as the Lord your God has blessed you.  15 You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God redeemed you;  therefore I command you this today.”   Deuteronomy Chapter 15:  Verses 12-15.


As instructed by verse 15, we remember what the LORD had done for Israel for whom He set free from the bondage of slavery in Egypt.  “I will grant this people favor in the sight of the Egyptians;  and it shall be that when you go, you will not go empty-handed.  But every woman shall ask of her neighbor and the woman who lives in her house, articles of silver and articles of gold, and clothing;  and you will put them on your sons and daughters.  Thus you will plunder the Egyptians.”  Exodus 3:21-22.

As commanded by verse 14, Israel was commanded to liberally furnish those servants whom they set free.

As redeemed people, we also meditate on what the LORD has done and is doing for us whom He set free from the bondage of sin.  He also did not let us go empty-handed.

It certainly would have been good enough for the LORD to “only” set Israel free from the bondage of slavery in Egypt.   It certainly would have been good enough for the LORD to “only” set us free from the bondage of sin.

But, the LORD furnished Israel liberally.  And, the LORD also furnishes us liberally.

“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us.  …”  Ephesians 1:7-8.

“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe.  …”  Ephesians 1:18-19.

“But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”  Ephesians 2:4-7.

“To me, the very least of all saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ,”  Ephesians 3:8.

“And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 4:19.

“And He did so to make known the riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy, which He prepared beforehand for glory, even us, whom He also called, not from among Jews only, but also from among Gentiles.”  Romans 9:23-24.

“For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek;  for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him;”  Romans 10:12.

“He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?”  Romans 8:32.


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