Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | September 18, 2015

“Remember His covenant forever”: “To you … Very few”

Today’s devotion comes from 1 Chronicles 16:15-22.

“15 Remember His covenant forever,
The word which He commanded to a thousand generations,
16 The covenant which He made with Abraham,
And His oath to Isaac.
17 He also confirmed it to Jacob for a statute,
To Israel as an everlasting covenant,
18 Saying, “To you I will give the land of Canaan,
As the portion of your inheritance.”
19 When they were only a few in number,
Very few, and strangers in it,
20 And they wandered about from nation to nation,
And from one kingdom to another people,
21 He permitted no man to oppress them,
And He reproved kings for their sakes, saying,
22 “Do not touch My anointed ones,
And do My prophets no harm.”  1 Chronicles 16:15-22.

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When we meditate here on God’s covenant to give the land of Israel to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and their descendants, we notice that God’s covenant was not given to everyone, but only to a specific group of people when they were very few.  They were chosen to receive the land of Canaan.

“The Lord did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any of the peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples, but because the Lord loved you and kept the oath which He swore to your forefathers, the Lord brought you out by a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.”  Deuteronomy 7:7-8.

The short rhyme “To you … Very few” reminds us of this precious truth.  And it is consistent with the words of Jesus in Matthew 22:14:  “For many are called, but few are chosen.”

“For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble;  but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast before God.”  1 Corinthians 1:26-29.

“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom.”  Luke 12:32.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,  just as He chose us in Him (Christ) before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him.  …”  Ephesians 1:3-4.

“And someone said to Him, “Lord, are there just a few who are being saved?”  And He said to them, “Strive to enter through the narrow door;  for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.”  Luke 13:23-24.

“Enter through the narrow gate;  for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it.  For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.”  Matthew 7:13-14.

The narrow door of salvation, that narrow gate, is “Unconditional Election”, the “U” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation. 

We humble ourselves first by acknowledging that our natural condition is “Total Depravity”, the “T” of “TULIP”, and then we gladly seek and embrace the precious truth of “Unconditional Election”, realizing that because of our “Total Depravity”, “Unconditional Election” is our only chance for salvation.


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